Cincinnati Cru

Cincinnati Cru

Cincinnati Cru is a safe place to come and meet other students, explore your questions about Christianity, study the Bible, and grow in your faith. Whether you’ve been a Christian for a long time, or you’re just checking things out for the first time, we’d love to have you come join us each week at one of the many Bible studies that meet around campus, or at Citywide.

Summer Connect

Starting May 30th, join us every Thursday @ 6:30 at Highland Hills Park for a time of Bible study, fun, and fellowship. We will also have lots of fun hang outs and events to help you connect with others and with the Lord. Be sure to follow the link in our instagram bio linktree to join the Summer Connect GroupMe to stay up to date with event info!


Bible Studies & Citywide

Bible Studies

Cru Bible studies meet throughout the week at UC, NKU and TMU. Undergrads of any age are invited to come learn and connect with other students. This semester, our Bible studies are looking at the book of Philippians—discovering how we can have real, lasting joy regardless of our circumstances.

**Bible studies begin week 2 of fall classes!**

UC Women

Fall info coming 8/26!

UC Men

Fall info coming 8/26!

UC Clermont Co-Ed

Fall info coming 8/26!

NKU Women

Fall info coming 8/26!


Fall info coming 8/26!


Fall info coming 8/26!


At Citywide, students from across the Cincinnati area gather together to learn from God’s Word, hear how Jesus changes lives and connect with new friends! Citywide happens the final Friday of each month.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

August 30th  - NKU, Griffin Hall 201, 7PM 

September 27th - UC, [TBD], 7PM

October 25th - TMU, Steigerwald Hall, 7PM

December 6th - New City Presbyterian, 7PM

Events Information

Cincinnati Cru has exciting events throughout the year!

Upcoming Events

Summer Cru | Weekly Co-Ed Bible Study, Thursdays @ 6:30

Cru's BIG Events

Fall Retreat

Every fall we get away together as a group to connect with others and connect with God. Join us October 11-13.  

Registration Goes Live 7/1/24

Winter Conference

Every winter around the US, Winter Conferences connect college students to Jesus. Experience meaningful worship, Christ-centered speakers, and outreach in the city, then bring back a renewed vision for mission to your campus.

Registration Goes Live 7/1/24

Summer Missions

This summer thousands of students will go around the world on a Summer Mission with Cru. They will see God move with their own eyes – and through their own lives. As the largest missionary organization in the world, Cru is well equipped to prepare and send you for true gospel impact. Cru staff will lead and invest in you as you take steps of faith to share Christ with others.

Learn more

Our International Partnership

Zagreb, Croatia

In 2019, Cincinnati Cru began an international partnership with Cru in Zagreb, Croatia (known locally as Udruga Fokus).

In Croatia, less than 1% of the population would identify as evangelical Christians (those who believe people are saved by faith, not works). All across the nation, there are college students who have no one to introduce them to Jesus—as many as 250,000 young people may not know anyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus. It is for this reason that Cincinnati Cru has partnered with Udruga Fokus!

Through Christmas break trips, summer missions and 1-2 year internships, we are committing to send laborers out into the harvest fields of Croatia!

Resources and Partner Churches

Are you exploring what you believe about God? Here are some helpful resources. If you're not able to find what you're looking for, reach out! 

We also have a list of churches in Cincinnati that partner with our ministry that we would love for you to consider attending.

Our Staff

Cru is a caring community, passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ.

Ethan & Kaity Marstella | Team Leaders

Ethan and Kaity met as students at Ohio University, where Kaity studied journalism and Spanish and Ethan studied Middle Childhood Education. Before joining staff in Cincinnati, Kaity interned with Cru at Ohio University and Athletes in Action (Cru’s sports ministry) and Ethan taught sixth grade. They lead our ministry to sorority and fraternity students, as well as provide direction to the staff team and student leaders across our campuses in Cincinnati. They love checking out Half Price Books, going to FC Cincinnati games, and visiting the Cincinnati Zoo with their daughter, Emma.

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Liz Baker | TMU

Liz has worked with college students through Cru for 17 years, serving in Colorado and the University of Toledo before coming to Cincinnati 12 years ago. She is married to Royce, and together they have four kids–Annelise, Maribelle, Abbott, and Genevieve. Liz started walking with Jesus in college and loves empowering students to study the Word. She also serves as our International Partnership Leader, working to help connect staff and students in the US with what God is doing through Cru in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Rachel Dunda | NKU

After graduating with a degree in Agriscience Education in 2018 from The Ohio State University, Rachel spent two years interning with Cru at Ohio State. Not only is she passionate about sharing the Gospel with others, Rachel is an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati sports fan. She also enjoys being in the outdoors hiking and being in the kitchen baking and cooking for friends. She is married to Sam and they love hosting game nights together!

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Josh Kaplan | UC & TMU

Josh is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He served as an intern with Cru at VT for one year, before moving to Cincinnati to serve with the campus team here (and marry his wife, Serena, who teaches middle school in Cincy!). Josh cares for the men of UC through discipleship and Bible studies. Along with introducing students to Christ through evangelism, Josh also loves introducing others to Spikeball!

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Michelle Wagner | Co-Op Coordinator

Michelle volunteers with Cincy Cru as our Co-Op Coordinator, helping students who are away from campus doing internships to connect with the Lord and with community. She got involved with Cru her freshman year at NKU and God used Cru to bring her to himself. In her free time, she loves playing golf, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends. Michelle and her husband Josh live in Sevilla, Spain where she is taking Spanish classes and he is serving with a church.

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