Southwest Baptist University welcomes students, staff and the community to spring semester Chapel services, commencing Monday, Jan. 26. The free weekly services, which occur on campus at 10 a.m. on Mondays through May 4, feature a diverse variety of speakers and musicians offering teaching, encouragement and corporate worship in Pike Auditorium.
Jan. 26: SBU welcomes the return of alumni Zach Atchley and Nate Jones, who will continue their tradition of opening up Chapel services each semester with musical praise and worship.
Feb. 2: Samson Latchison serves as assistant director of The Potter’s House, an organization ministering to Missouri State University by advancing Christian influence on campus and aiding in the discipleship and spiritual growth of its students. Latchison will speak on subjects such as the role of race in the kingdom of God.
African Children’s Choir performs Feb. 9.
Feb. 9: The jubilant African Children’s Choir performs at SBU amid their nationwide tour. Founded by human rights activist Ray Barnett during the turmoil of the 1984 Ugandan civil war, the singing group comprises orphaned and vulnerable children in the region and helps support relief efforts to fight poverty and disease in Africa.
Feb. 16: Spoken word artist Ezekiel Azonwu has dedicated his artistic abilities to the purpose of igniting passion for Jesus through his creative performances that join the truth of the gospel with creative, lyrical expression. He will return in the evening for a 7 p.m. presentation.
Feb. 23: Praised for his contemplative lyrics and skillful musicianship, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Andy Gullahorn will lead an acoustic worship set featuring his trademark folk sound at morning Chapel, as well as later at 7 p.m.
March 2: In conjunction with SBU’s annual Alteration women’s retreat, this week’s Chapel features retreat speaker Kandy Persall, an author whose book “Hungry for More” seeks to inspire Christians to pursue deep spiritual nourishment in God’s word.
March 9: Singer-songwriter Nate Sallie has toured internationally and recorded prolifically as lead singer of the Grammy Award-nominated band Newsong. A Missouri native, Sallie presently serves as the director of worship arts at Christ Community Church in Springfield. He will perform a second time in the evening at 7 p.m.
March 16: This annual Chapel service will once again commend the achievements of notable SBU alumni, two of whom will be presented honorary doctorate degrees during the ceremony.
March 23: No Chapel service will take place over Spring Break.
March 30: Table For One Ministries focuses on reaching out to singles and emphasizing growth, community and discipleship regardless of marital status. Together with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Chair of Religious Education Dr. Chris Shirley, Table for One founder PJ Dunn will speak in the morning and at a 7 p.m. evening session.
April 6: Hear about opportunities for service and growth from the SBU Center for Global Connections, which will highlight various Global Connections projects for January 2016.
April 13: SBU hosts Terry and Darlene Wildman, the husband-and-wife team behind RainSong, a worship ministry proclaiming the gospel through traditional Native-American storytelling and music. Their Chapel performance, which will feature authentic instruments like Native-American flutes, will be followed by a 7 p.m. show that evening.
April 20: Tennessee-based duo All Sons and Daughters, best known for their energetic folk sound and raw, authentic songwriting, return to SBU for morning worship and a 7 p.m. evening performance, which will be free for students, faculty and staff (tickets for community members are available for purchase here).
April 27: A vibrant ministry begun in 2005, From Death to Life features the moving true story centering on Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel, a young man who murdered Johnson’s son in 1993. Together, they will share their journey of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing.
May 4: Academic achievements of outstanding students from each department will be recognized at the special annual Honors Chapel service.
Wednesday Equip chapel services featuring staff or faculty speakers and student-led worship will take place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in Pike Auditorium through May 6.
For more information about chapel services at SBU, contact Kurt Caddy, director of University Ministries, at (417) 328-1902 or kcaddy@SBUniv.edu.