Instead of causing the ownership of the current folder and its subfolders to change, I changed ownership on every file on the server...
Command issued: chown -hR <username> /*
Now, everything belongs to that particular user. I known there is probably know way to reverse this... would issuing "chown -hR root /* solve this problem or would it just change everything to root and leave apache etc broken?
for p in $(rpm -qa); do rpm --setperms $p; done
for p in $(rpm -qa); do rpm --setugids $p; done