Chapel Event Archive

Chapel Event Archive

This is a list of previous chapel events. Quicklinks to get to various semesters are below:

Fall 2016 | Spring 2017 | Sall 2017 | Spring 2018 | Fall 2018 | Spring 2019 | Fall 2019

Fall 2016

Aug. 25, 2016 (Friends Experience)
Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, Dr. Guy Chmieleski and Bill Allan

Dr. Guy Chmieleski, campus pastor and dean of campus ministries will conduct the invocation. The president’s address will be given by Dr. Amy Bragg Carey and Bill Allan will provide the closing remarks.

Sept. 1, 2016
“Something Radical”
Dr. Guy Chmieleski, Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries

Guy joined the Friends University community during the summer of 2016. He is a happy husband and proud father of five beautiful children. Guy has spent his entire career serving students and campus communities through various campus ministry roles. This is a response to God’s leading Guy’s life, and he is motivated by the fact that college years are some of the most formative in all of life. Guy earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2005. Guy has also authored three books: “Noise.Hurry.Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture” (Seedbed, ’15); “CAMPUS gODS: Exposing the Idols That Can Derail Your Present and Destroy Your Future” (Seedbed, ’13); and “Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years” (Seedbed, ’13). When he’s not hanging out with college students, there’s a good chance Guy can be found trying to keep up with his kids, enjoying some coffee and quiet moments with his wife, or working out in the yard.

Sept. 8, 2016
“Identifying and Maximizing Your Uniqueness”
Jason Jaggard

Jason is a coach, speaker, author and social innovator for cultural change. He is a founding partner of Novus Global, an elite executive coaching firm offering workshops, keynotes and coaching to help great leaders and companies take new ground in personal mastery, large-scale organizational change and high performance. His first book, “Spark: Transform Your World One Small Risk at a Time,” explores how the habit of taking healthy risks help us become the people we long to be and create the teams we long to be on. Jason is also the founder of Spark Good, a company passionate about creating tools, media and communities that unleash human potential. Jason is the inventor of Spark Groups, a small-group experience that over 10,000 people have participated in worldwide.

Before starting Spark Good, Jason worked for Erwin McManus at Mosaic, a community dedicated to bringing dignity to other’s spiritual journeys and known throughout the world for its cultural creativity and cosmopolitan diversity. He co-authored group material with Erwin McManus to CRAVE and Stand Against the Wind, available through LifeWay Resources.

Sept. 15, 2016
“The Power of Humility in the Age of Selfie”
Dr. David Carter

Dr. David W. Carter is an executive trainer, professional speaker and best-selling author. But if you were to ask him directly, he would give you his formal title: a rec·re·a·tion·ist – one who creates again, takes and seeks recreation; imagines new possibilities in old paradigms. An experienced educator for several institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations, David also served in the United States Air Force as a combat engineer, as a Kansas police officer and as an education technician for the National Park Service. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University and currently serves as director of the Organizational Leadership and Transformational Change program at Friends University, where he teaches in the program. His previous work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which highlighted his 2013 bestseller, “Mayday over Wichita.”

Sept. 22, 2016
“A Life in Testimony and Music”
Mitch McVicker

Mitch McVicker is a GMA Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and is also a 1995 graduate of Friends University. His music career has consisted of 1500 concerts and 10 albums and with his latest project, McVicker looks towards the mysterious grey love of God. He says, “I hope the songs remind us that God’s all-encompassing love connects with us in all situations and through every circumstance.”

After growing up in Kansas, McVicker began working with the late, great Rich Mullins. The two of them performed concerts together, wrote songs, and were roommates. Then, McVicker was in the car wreck that killed Mullins.

Shortly after Rich’s death, and while Mitch was still deep in recovery, the two won the GMA’s Dove Award for song of the year, for their writing of “My Deliverer”.

After a lengthy recovery, he began his own musical journey. Rich Mullins has influenced Mitch McVicker’s thoughts as much as he has influenced his music.

Mitch lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and loves spending time with his wife, Paula, and their two children, Brooklyn (9) and Payson (4). McVicker, himself, wears all the hats required of a music career. He handles booking, creative and visionary management, publicity, tour management, recording, merchandise management, promotions, etc.

Sept. 29, 2016 (Friends Experience)
“Influential Power of Mentoring”
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is the author of “Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship” (Zondervan, 2016). She is a gifted Bible teacher and writer, in addition to being an anti-human trafficking advocate, champion for education and community organizer. Natasha graduated cum laude (M.A. in Christian Leadership) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte, where she received the Redemptive Leadership Award. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps officer. With over 15 years of leadership and mentoring experience in the military, government, church, seminary and nonprofit sectors, she is a sought after consultant and speaker.

Oct. 6, 2016
Homecoming Chapel and Pep Rally

Please join the Friends University Pep Band and Cheer Squad as we prepare for the week of Homecoming! Recent Friends University alumnae Katie Mussat (’10) and Cameron Rhodes (’16) will also share their reflections.

Oct. 20, 2016
“Living in the Red”
Manny Garcia

Manny joined the Northridge Friends Church Ministry Team as lead pastor in July 2015. He is married to Jenalee and together they have four children (Syler, Chasley, Elena and Cic). His desire is to combine his gifts and talents with the rest of the NFC pastoral team in order to help others grow in and serve Christ more effectively. With a background in youth ministry and pastoral leadership as well as experience outside of vocation ministry, Manny feels he can partner with NFC in a unique way that will help people live “with purpose, on purpose.” He loves visitors and hopes you’ll stop in and enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversation with him.

Oct. 27, 2016
“Extending the Welcome: Refugee Resettlement in 2016”
Marla Schmidt

Marla Schmidt is the Field Office Director for the Episcopal Migration Ministries – Wichita refugee resettlement agency. EMM-Wichita welcomes individuals and families to Wichita who have fled their homeland due to persecution and war and assists these newcomers as they adjust and integrate into their new lives in America. Marla has been with the agency for over three years and has been the director for 1 1/2 years. Marla received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Bethel College North Newton and her masters of social work from the University of Kansas. She is a licensed master level social worker. Marla has been involved in a variety of capacities with refugee resettlement for most of the last 20 years in three different states – South Dakota, Maryland and Kansas. Marla also spent ten years as a school social worker in Newton. Marla and her husband have three wonderful children, all in middle school. In her spare time, Marla can most often be found on the sidelines of a soccer, volleyball or basketball game cheering on her children in the sport/s they love.

Nov. 3, 2016
“Seeing the Unseen: A Scientist’s View of Micah”
Steve Jacobs

Steve is a Wizard IV as well as a lay person for the United Methodist Church. He is a science consultant for a variety of TV shows.

Nov. 10, 2016
Risa Rehmert

Risa is the Director of Program Development at the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). Risa comes to CCHT with over 30 years of experience serving youth and families in crisis. Prior to joining CCHT, Risa was at the Wichita Children’s Home for 23 years where she was the Coordinator of the Street Outreach, OZ Drop In Center, Crossroads and Safe Place programs.

Risa serves on the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Homeless and Runaway Youth (RHYTTAC) Advisory Board. She is identified as a Subject Matter Expert for RHYTTAC and has provided trainings at the national, state and local level. Risa graduated from Friends University with a Bachelors in Human Services.

Nov. 17, 2016 (Friends Experience)
“Analog Networking in the Digital Age”
Aaron Wirtz

Aaron Wirtz is the media and marketing manager for the Ride Auto Group, where he serves as the television and radio personality for the Super Car Guys brand. Aaron is the founder of CurveBreak, a video production and marketing agency. He has been featured in AdWeek, FoxBusiness, Fox & Friends, Automotive News and, and most recently was featured in best-selling author Jay Baer’s new book “Hug Your Haters.” Aaron is a proud husband, daddy, and Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Dec. 1, 2016
“The Advent of Something Special”
Dr. Guy Chmieleski, Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries

Dec. 8, 2016 (Friends Experience)
Christmas Celebration
Singing Quakers 

Spring 2017

Jan. 19, 2017
MLK Jr. Celebration – The King’s Dream
Justin Smallwood, Chad Irvin, Deion Burton, Guy Chmieleski

Join with the students, staff and faculty as we come together to honor and celebrate the life, commitment and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and draw inspiration on living a life of doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God.

Jan. 26, 2017
Rebelions Are Built On Hope
Guy Chmieleski, Dean of Campus Ministries

Guy is the Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries at Friends University. He is a happy husband and proud father of five beautiful kids. Guy has spent his entire career serving students and campus communities through various campus ministry roles. Guy has also authored three books: Noise.Hurry.Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture (Seedbed, ’15), CAMPUS gODS: Exposing the Idols That Can Derail Your Present and Destroy Your Future (Seedbed, ’13), and Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years (Seedbed, ’13).

Feb. 2, 2017
On Visions and Virtues that Matter for a Good Life and a Good Society
Steve Garber

Dr. Steven Garber is a teacher of many people in many places. In his work with The Washington Institute he focuses on the meaning of vocation for the common good. For many years on the faculty of the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, and for several years as the scholar-in-residence for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, he has studied the relationship of belief to behavior for much of his life. A consultant to businesses, foundations and educational institutions including: the Murdock Trust; the Praxis Labs; the Wedgwood Circle and the Blood:Water Mission; the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation; the Made to Flourish Network; and Mars, Incorporated; his most recent book is Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg and they live in Virginia.

Feb. 9, 2017
True Justice and Mercy Spring from a Humble Heart
Charity Sandstrom

Charity Sandstrom is celebrating 10 years of service as pastor to the First Friends Church in Emporia Kansas (EFC MAYM). A mother of a teen, a tween and a preschooler keeps her schedule full and her heart overflowing. Charity’s life and ministry are fueled by a love for people, a call from God, and lots and lots of coffee. If Charity could tell you two things they’d be that God loves you without measure, and God’s presence is closer than you can imagine. For more pieces of her mind, check out

Feb. 16, 2017
When Hope Doesn’t Make Sense
David Kirika

Driven to empower the next generation with leadership and entrepreneurial skills, David Kirika most recently served as the Youth Pastor at Christ is the Answer Ministries in Nairobi, Kenya. He is passionate about young people and believes they can be positive influences within the culture if equipped with the right motivation, tools and environment.

When David was nine years old, his school teacher recommended him for Compassion’s child development program. His sponsorship made an immediate significant impact: he was given shoes, which meant that for the first time in over two years he no longer had to walk barefoot. He also received nutritious food, medical attention and schooling.

David’s sponsors’ belief in him caused him to start believing in himself, giving him the confidence he needed to pursue his God-given passions. He joined Compassion’s Leadership Development Program and in 2013, graduated with honors from Pan Africa Christian University with his bachelor’s degree in business leadership.

David lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he is participating in Compassion’s Alumni Fellowship. As part of this one-year work internship, he serves in the college marketing department and speaks on behalf of Compassion. An enthusiastic and humorous communicator, David enjoys candidly sharing his story and speaking on the power of hope, Christian leadership, youth development, Godly mentorship, and walking in God’s plan for your life.

Feb. 23, 2017
They’ll know you by your love
Keas Keasler

Keas Keasler is a professor of theology and the program director of Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Keas was most recently the teaching pastor of Rhythm Church in Miami, Florida, a non-denominational church he co-founded in 2010. He has his B.A. from Baylor University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam. His dissertation topic is on the role of a communal Rule of Life in forming congregations as witnesses in the world in the 21st century. Keas has done extension work in the areas of spiritual formation and missiology, presented at various conferences around the country, and serves on the board of the Ecclesia Network, a missional network of churches and leaders in North America. He also has a deep love for the global church, having traveled and done mission work in over 40 countries and taught on six continents.

March 2, 2017
Challenging the System
Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author or editor of more than fifty books, is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.  Dr. McKnight has given interviews on radio stations across the nation, has appeared on television and regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges and seminaries in the USA and abroad. Dr. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham (1986) and has been a professor for more than three decades. Scot McKnight is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for New Testament Studies. He is the author of  the award-winning The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete, 2004), which won the Christianity Today book of the year for Christian Living. His books include Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us (Paraclete, 2005); The Story of the Christ (Baker, 2006); Praying with the Church (Paraclete, 2006); The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus (Paraclete, 2007); and A Community called Atonement(Abingdon, 2007). He broadened his Jesus Creed project in writing a daily devotional: 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed (Paraclete, 2008). His studies in conversion were expanded with his newest book, Finding Faith, Losing Faith (Baylor, 2008), a book he co-authored with his former student Hauna Ondrey. Other books are The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (Zondervan, 2008) and Fasting(Thomas Nelson, 2009), as well as A Fellowship of Differents (Zondervan, 2014) and Kingdom Conspiracy (Baker, 2015).

March 9, 2017
Seek Justice, Love Mercy: A Community Response to Human Trafficking
Jennifer White

Jennifer White is the Founder and Executive Director of ICT S.O.S., a volunteer-driven community action group created to fight domestic minor sex trafficking in the Wichita area. Since 2011, ICT S.O.S. has partnered with local social service agencies and law enforcement in a support role to provide donations, volunteers and to create community awareness. ICT S.O.S. also provides prevention education for middle and high school students through the Tell Your Friends curriculum. Jennifer is also the Race Director for the annual Race 4 Freedom 5K, a project of ICT S.O.S. which benefits a local direct service agency each year with 100% of the proceeds. Jennifer and her husband Chris spent two years as house parents in an independent living program for at-risk young women, and continue to mentor many of the young women they served. Jennifer and Chris have two daughters who are her inspiration to create a safer community.

March 16, 2017
What is Mission?
Haley Alloway

Haley Alloway is the Associate Campus Pastor and Director of Outreach at Friends University. From Coffeyville, Kansas, Haley earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy, emphasis in Christian Spiritual Formation from Friends University in 2012 before going on to pursue a M.Div, focusing on Collegiate Ministry and Spiritual Formation at Truett Seminary. Her hobbies and passions include: softball; chips and queso; baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes; interior decorating; board and card games; playing and cuddling with her dog, Scout.

March 23, 2017
Spring Break – No Chapel

March 30, 2017
Spring Break Testimonies

Join us for a time of hearing stories of how God worked in Omaha and Dallas as Friends University students return from Spring Break and their time of service and education in those communities.

April 6, 2017
Michael Wise

As Scholar-in-Residence at Northwestern College, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Wise’s area of focus is ancient Judaism as a background to the rise of Christianity. He has studied the Semitic languages in order to immerse himself in rabbinic texts and in the Dead Sea Scrolls; he uses over twenty languages in his research.

Today Dr. Wise is an internationally recognized expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He frequently lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls from coast to coast. Dr. Wise and his work have been profiled in Time magazine; Vanity Fair; National Geographic; the New York Times; Chicago Tribune and the Times of London, and on the old MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, the BBC, A&E’s “”Mysteries of the Bible,”” and in many other media in the United States and abroad. His The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered (1992) was an international bestseller, translated into seven foreign languages (German, Italian, Danish, French, Portuguese, Swedish and Dutch). Another work intended for general audiences, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, appeared in 1996 and has likewise been translated into numerous foreign languages.

Dr. Wise is ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Free Church and regularly teaches adult Sunday School classes. He recently completed a second Ph.D., in the field of Classics (ancient Greek and Latin literature) at the University of Minnesota.

April 13, 2017
Maundy Thursday
Stan Harstine

Dr. Stan Harstine is currently Professor of Religion at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Baylor University where he studied under Drs. R. Alan Culpepper, Mikeal Parsons and Charles H. Talbert in New Testament and Dr. William Bellinger in Old Testament. A mathematics major at Kansas State University, Stan incorporates the logical and analytical components of that training into his study of the biblical text, particularly the Gospel of John. In addition to the Fourth Gospel, Stan regularly teaches courses on Romans; Galatians and Thessalonians; Ephesians and Philippians; the Pentateuch; Psalms; and the Book of the Twelve, in addition to New Testament Greek in alternate years. With the development of the Apprentice Institute and a concentration in Christian Spiritual Formation, Stan has developed a course on the Bible and Christian Spiritual Formation to support the goals of that program. He is particularly interested at this point (2015) in examining the manner by which followers of Jesus interpret and apply Scripture in their faith adventure. Originally from Kansas, Stan has also lived in Salzburg, Austria and in the Waco, Texas area. Stan enjoys grilling, inventing new barbecue recipes and learning new computer software programs.

April 20, 2017
Southerly Inspiration
Friends University Concert Choir, Rolaine Hetherington, Conductor

April 27, 2017
Learning to Love and Live… Differently
Guy Chmieleski, Dean of Campus Ministries

Guy is the Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries at Friends University. He is a happy husband and proud father of five beautiful kids. Guy has spent his entire career serving students and campus communities through various campus ministry roles. Guy has also authored three books: Noise.Hurry.Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture (Seedbed, ’15), CAMPUS gODS: Exposing the Idols That Can Derail Your Present and Destroy Your Future (Seedbed, ’13) and Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years (Seedbed, ’13).

May 4, 2017
Senior Chapel
Senior Celebration Chapel

Join us for a time of hearing stories from graduating seniors about how they have seen God move and work in their lives over the course of their time at Friends University. This is sure to be a time of great celebration and meaningful reflection.

Fall 2017

Aug. 24, 2017
Opening Convocation
President Amy Carey

Aug. 31, 2017
“Emmanuel, God With Us!”
Guy Chmieleski

Guy is the Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries at Friends University. He is a happy husband and proud father of five beautiful kids. Guy has spent his entire career serving students and campus communities through various campus ministry roles. Guy has also authored three books: Noise.Hurry.Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture (Seedbed, ’15), CAMPUS gODS: Exposing the Idols That Can Derail Your Present and Destroy Your Future (Seedbed, ’13), and Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years (Seedbed, ’13).

Sept. 7, 2017
Jim Smith
Jim is the Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute at Friends University where he is currently a theology professor. With a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School and a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Seminary, he is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of eight books, most notably The Apprentice Series (InterVarsity Press), which continue to shape the work of the Apprentice Institute. Dr. Smith’s other titles include Devotional Classics (with Richard J. Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Room of Marvels, and Hidden in Christ. His newest trilogy (first book released in fall 2017) is entitled The Magnificent Story and is a look at beauty, goodness and truth through the lens of the gospels.

Sept. 14, 2017
Amena Brown

Amena is a poet, speaker, author and event host. Her debut book, Breaking Old Rhythms: Answering the Call of a Creative God, explores how experiences such as deejaying, learning to dance, having a broken heart, and practicing the rules of improv can teach us about our life’s rhythm and how we can better tune our ears and lives to the rhythm of God. Amena and her husband, Matt, also known as DJ Opdiggy, travel and perform a presentation of poetry, monologue and deejaying. They also host a regular open mic in Atlanta every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee.

Sept. 21, 2017
Andrew McPeak

Andrew is a millennial speaker and content developer with Growing Leaders. His experiences as both a presenter and curriculum designer have led him to become well versed in communicating to and about the next generation. In his role as Program Excellence Manager, he works closely with schools, universities, companies and sports teams on implementing Habitudes as a tool to teach life and leadership skills. This experience enables him to help leaders understand how to craft their message in a way that best connects with today’s student. Most notably Andrew is a co-author alongside Dr. Tim Elmore on their latest book – Marching Off The Map. Marching Off The Map presents information on the world’s newest generation of students (Generation Z) and helps educators understand how to best connect with and lead them in the classroom.

Sept. 28, 2017
Angela Reed // Apprentice G.

Dr. Angela Reed is Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Spiritual Formation at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. She teaches and writes about spiritual formation and prayer in community, with a special focus on spiritual guidance relationships. She is the author of Quest for Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary Congregations and co-author of Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice which received the Dallas Willard Center book award for 2016. Dr. Reed’s passion for spiritual formation and church life extends to the practical. She worked in youth and young adult ministry for several years and continues to serve as a spiritual director for individuals and small groups.

Oct. 5, 2017
Homecoming Chapel/One Million Miracles Project
Scot Pierce & Azure Winter

Oct. 12, 2017
Fall Break
No Chapel

Oct. 19, 2017
Tahni Cullen

Tahni Cullen worked in ministry for 13 years at a large, multi-campus church in the Twin Cities, MN, first as a communications and marketing director and then as a ministry director and pastor. When her son Josiah was diagnosed with autism, she blogged through the ups and downs of their early journey at and she and her husband, Joe, produced an award-winning documentary called “Surprised By Autism.” Drama and speaking are passions of hers, and she has helped script and perform two hour-long women’s ministry variety shows. She also led the launch of special needs ministry assistance for kids within her church. Recently leaving her job to invest in her son’s typed communication, and to write and speak, Tahni is passionate about sharing God’s hope and healing. You can follow her son’s writings on Facebook at Josiah’s Fire.

Oct. 26, 2017
Jason Parr

Jason Parr is in his first year as the head Cross Country Coach, and assistant Track and Field coach at Friends University. Jason graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelors degree in recreation and Northwest Missouri State with at Masters of Educational Leadership. Jason has taught physical education in public schools, and previously coached both cross country and track and field. Jason has also been very active in sharing the love of Jesus with athletes through his leadership in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Aside from coaching at Friends, Jason is also helping to launch a new college ministry at Central Community Church. Jason is married, has two kids, and is competitive in Ironman events.

Nov. 2, 2017
Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author.  Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.  He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty. Shane’s books include Jesus for President; Red Letter Revolution; Common Prayer; Follow Me to Freedom; Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream; Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers; his classic The Irresistible Revolution and his newest book; Executing Grace. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke and Notre Dame. Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals and conferences around the globe.

Nov. 9, 2017
Don Davis

Rev. Dr. Don Davis, an ordained minister and native of Wichita, Kansas, is the Founder and Director of World Impact’s Urban Ministry Institute, a research and training center dedicated to equipping leadership and empowering movements for the urban church, especially among the poor, to advance the Kingdom of God in the city. Dr. Don Davis attended Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School and graduated summa cum laude in both his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1989) degrees, in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion (Theology and Ethics) from the University of Iowa School of Religion (2000). Don and his wife Beth joined the staff in the fall of 1975, serving as community minister, Director of World Impact Wichita, and as Vice President of Education. He has also served in pastoral ministries, as church planter, as associate pastor and lead pastor. In addition to his current duties as the Institute’s Director and as professor in its Hope School of Ministry, Dr. Davis also serves as World Impact’s Senior Vice President of Church and Leadership Development. As such, he oversees the training of urban missionaries, church planters and city pastors, and facilitates training opportunities for urban Christian workers in evangelism, church growth and pioneer missions. He also leads the Institute’s extensive distance learning programs and facilitates leadership development efforts for organizations and denominations like Prison Fellowship, the Evangelical Free Church of America and the Church of God in Christ. A recipient of numerous teaching and academic awards, Don has served as professor and faculty at a number of fine academic institutions, having lectured and taught courses in religion, theology, philosophy and biblical studies at schools such as Wheaton College, St. Ambrose University, the Houston Graduate School of Theology, the University of Iowa School of Religion and the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies. He has authored a number of books, curricula and study materials to equip urban leaders, including the Capstone Curriculum, TUMI’s premiere 16 module distance education seminary instruction. One of his latest books, Sacred Roots: A Primer On Retrieving the Great Tradition, focuses on how urban churches can be renewed through a rediscovery of the historic orthodox faith. Dr. Davis has participated in academic lectureships such as the Staley Lecture series, renewal conferences like the Promise Keepers rallies and theological consortiums like the University of Virginia Lived Theology Project Series. Don received the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2009. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.

Nov. 16, 2017
Skylar and Mike Page

Skylar Page was born with Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21 – an extra 21st chromosome. Over time it became clear that his condition, a mystery of creation, has given him an ability to love others unconditionally. Skylar has a special connection to Friends University, as a part of the Friendship Fields program. Friendship Fields is a program associated with Friends University that allows college-age adults with disabilities to experience college life while also offering Friends University students the opportunity to work with special needs students. Students enroll in Friendship Fields because they want to go to college and Friends University truly believes lifelong learning and social interaction is important for everyone.

Nov. 23, 2017
No Chapel

Nov. 30, 2017
Guy Chmieleski
Guy is the Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries at Friends University. He is a happy husband and proud father of five beautiful kids. Guy has spent his entire career serving students and campus communities through various campus ministry roles. Guy has also authored three books: Noise.Hurry.Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture (Seedbed, ’15), CAMPUS gODS: Exposing the Idols That Can Derail Your Present and Destroy Your Future (Seedbed, ’13), and Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years (Seedbed, ’13).

Dec. 7, 2017
The Singing Quakers
This select vocal organization has gained an enviable reputation for high musical standards. Each year the choir prepares three formal programs, along with appearances and broadcasts in Wichita and the surrounding area. In addition, this ensemble conducts annual concert tours to both domestic and international locations. The Singing Quakers ensemble is open to all Friends University students by audition.

Spring 2018

Jan. 18, 2018
MLK Jr./President Carey
President Carey
An honorary service remembering Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy with a reflection offered by President Carey, special music, and a dramatic reading by members of Acts of Faith.

Jan. 25, 2018
Peter Kanelos
Kanelos served for the past four years as the dean of Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he was responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of Christ College. He also managed the recruitment and admissions process, which included initiatives to expand diversity that led the college to achieve its largest and most diverse enrollment to date. Concurrently, he oversaw the administration and finances of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, a network of 100 colleges and universities that advances liberal arts education through conferences, workshops, publications, and fellowships.

Kanelos also serves on the Executive Board of the Board of Trustees for Hellenic College/Holy Cross, where he oversees the institution’s financial operations and chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.

“Peter Kanelos brings to St. John’s College a rich understanding of the value of a liberal arts education,” Nelson said. “With his leadership experience in academia, he also brings a palpable energy and great enthusiasm for our distinctive community of learning.”

Prior to Valpo, at Loyola University Chicago, Kanelos chaired several committees in addition to serving as a core faculty member of the honors program, an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Studies Program. Kanelos brings a distinguished background as an educator and administrator who has developed innovative programs. An ardent Shakespeare fan and scholar, he has authored and edited numerous books, articles, and essays on Shakespeare, including the “Shakespeare and the Stage” series, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Kanelos holds a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at University of Chicago, a M.A. in Political Philosophy and Literature from the University Professors Program at Boston University, and a B.A. in English from Northwestern University.

Feb. 1, 2018
Phileena Heuertz
Author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker and retreat guide, Phileena is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena has led contemplative retreats for a number of faith communities including: Word Made Flesh, World Vision International, Compassion International, as well as non-faith and interfaith groups in leading cities across the nation. She has spoken at a number of universities and seminaries including: Asbury Theological Seminary, Biola University, Creighton University, Eastern Nazarene College, Fuller Seminary, George Fox University, Hardin-Simmons University and Midland University; and conferences such as Q, Catalyst, Urbana and the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Feb. 8, 2018
Morgan Burns
A former standout cornerback for the Kansas State Wildcats. In 2015, he won the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year. He signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent as of April 30, 2016. He subsequently retired from professional football to pursue a career in the ministry. Morgan currently serves as the Student Pastor at City Life Church in Wichita, Kansas.

Feb. 15, 2018
Linda Schubring
As a consultant with Leadership Vision since 2008, Dr. Linda Schubring brings heart and soul to each engagement. She particularizes people and is a charismatic communicator. Linda leads out of her emotional intelligence and is fueled with passion for people to find their voice and unique contribution to groups, teams, and the world whether they are educators, business professionals, or life-long learners.

As a self-proclaimed world citizen, Linda has traveled around the world studying culture and adding to her cultural repertoire. She has taught English in Thailand, served in an orphanage in Mozambique, built latrines in El Salvador, and consulted with teams in Asia, North and Central America, and 18 European countries.

Through a decade of administration in higher education, she developed proven management, leadership development, and successful bridge building skills. After serving 15 years in Higher Education, she earned a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies. She studied how teams and individuals navigate change. Linda also serves as the Director of Strengths Based Organizational Culture at Aeritae, an IT consulting firm based in the Twin Cities.

Husband, Brian and teenager, Camila reside in Minneapolis.

Feb. 22, 2018
Neal Plantinga
Cornelius Plantinga Jr. is senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary. Neal was Dean of the Chapel from 1996 to 2001 at Calvin College and served as professor (1979 to 1996) and president (2001-2011) at Calvin Theological Seminary. He writes for the Worship Institute and participates in its major events as a speaker or as a host for other speakers.

For more than a decade Neal co-hosted a summer seminar for preachers on reading for preaching in connection with The Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. His latest book is Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists (Eerdmans).

Neal preaches and speaks regularly and also writes articles and books.

Neal is married to Kathleen. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

March 1, 2018
Kneeland Brown
Dr. Kneeland C. Brown is currently the President of Trinity Academy here in Wichita, Kansas. He has worked in the education and not-for-profit sectors for more than a decade. As an administrator in institutions of higher education, he was invited to participate in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities 2010 class of the Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development Institute, a year-long fellowship experience targeted at developing future executive-level administrators for colleges and universities.

Dr. Brown was named Dean of the DeVoe School of Business in 2014 at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he gave direction and oversight to all personnel, academic program offerings, instructional delivery, and strategic planning for the school. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The DeVoe Report, a semi-annual high-level business magazine which focuses upon the equipping of its readership for the expansion of virtuous God-honoring business practice within the global marketplace.

Kneeland has been married to his lovely bride, Tearrah, for more than 12 years and the Lord has blessed their union with 4 children.

March 8, 2018
Mihee Kim-Kort
Mihee Kim-Kort writes about the intersection of faith and real life. Her charming, funny demeanor disarms the listeners as she communicates the truth of God’s presence in the everyday and ordinary.

Mihee was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States with her parents shortly after her birth settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she was baptized in a Methodist church before her family joined the local Korea Presbyterian (PCUSA) church. It was here that she learned about faith from an African American, who was a respected Elder and teacher in the church as well as a little old lady that was the wife of the former pastor of the white Presbyterian congregation that shared their building.

During her undergraduate studies she skipped many classes to snowboard, checked out lectures from radical and interesting writers and teachers, and joined various Christian fellowship groups. She also began to experience a shift from traditional evangelicalism to a more progressive, inclusive faith focused on justice as found in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

After seminary, Mihee was ordained as a Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister with degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Since finishing her education Mihee has been busy! She has written three books: Yoked: Stories of a Clergy Couple in Marriage, Family and Ministry, Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergywomen of Color, and Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology. She can also be found on platforms across the US as a keynote speaker for conferences, colleges/universities, retreats and churches.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Mihee’s day job includes: juggling her time as a wife to another Presbyterian minister, a mother of three (5 year old twins and a year old toddler), ministering to college students as the staff person for UKIRK @ IU, a part-time youth ministry, itinerant preaching, rabble-rousing around Bloomington, IN and liking too many posts on Facebook and admiring people on Twitter and Instagram.

March 15, 2018
John Carroll
John Carroll is the Director of Operations for the Apprentice Institute and oversees the Apprentice Experience, as well as directs the Institute’s digital platform and Wichita-based local pastor’s network. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, John brings a unique blend of experience (corporate recruiting and the local church) to the Apprentice Institute. John is happily married to his wife, Amber, and together they have two children, Aidan and Amelia. In his free time, John enjoys reading, watching football and spending time with family and friends.

March 22, 2018
Spring Break – NO CHAPEL

March 29, 2018
Maundy Thursday Service
Paul Hill
Paul is the pastor at Wheatland Mission church in Wichita, Kansas. Paul also teaches as an adjunct at Friends University.

April 5, 2018
Spring Break Stories
Haley Alloway
Haley Alloway joined the Friends University community in early 2017 and serves as the Associate Campus Pastor and Director of Outreach. Haley earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy with an emphasis in Christian Spiritual Formation from Friends in 2012, before pursuing her Masters of Divinity, focusing on collegiate ministry and spiritual formation at Truett Seminary. Haley leads our campus mission efforts and will share alongside students about how they saw God at work through their spring break experiences.

April 12, 2018
Quaker Day
David Williams
David Williams is the General Superintendent for the Evangelical Friends Church of Mid-America.

Having served as a youth pastor, family pastor, senior pastor and campus pastor, Dave brings over 30 years of field experience to his current role as General Superintendent. He considers it a high and holy privilege to serve as “lead pastor” for EFC-MAYM, and is deeply grateful for the opportunity to partner with Friends who share his passion for equipping the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.

A graduate of Malone University (BA) and Ashland Theological Seminary (MA), Dave completed his doctorate (DMin) in leadership and spiritual formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Dave and his wife, Carol, have been partners in full-time Christian service throughout their 31 years of marriage. They have six children (Josiah, Sarah, Jeremiah, Hannah, Jessie and Jasmine) and five grandchildren (Isaiah, Noah, Isabel, Abigail and Lincoln).

In addition to his love for the church, Dave enjoys sports, nature, travel, photography and spending lots of time with his family. When away from home, Dave’s favorite destination is a solitary cycling route on the Kansas prairie or a scenic hiking trail anywhere above timberline in the Rocky Mountains.

April 19, 2018
Friends University Concert Choir
The Friends University Concert Choir is foundational to the university’s vocal program. This 75-voice choir performs a wide variety of choral literature and focuses on the development of vocal technique, music literacy and performance skills. It is open to all Friends University students by audition. Concert Choir engages students in a well-rounded choral experience that includes performance opportunities both on and off campus as well as tours and service. Rolaine Hetherington is the conductor of the Concert Choir.

April 26, 2018
Guy Chmieleski
Guy joined the Friends community in 2016 and serves as the Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries. He is a happy husband and proud father of five beautiful kids. Guy has spent his entire career serving students and campus communities through various campus ministry roles. Guy has also authored three books: Noise.Hurry.Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture (Seedbed, ’15), CAMPUS gODS: Exposing the Idols That Can Derail Your Present and Destroy Your Future (Seedbed, ’13), and Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years (Seedbed, ’13).

May 3, 2018
Senior Chapel
With a desire to honor and celebrate the growth and formation that has taken place in the lives of our graduating class, we will hear from several students who have been profoundly shaped by God over the course of their time at Friends University.

Fall 2018

Aug. 23, 2018
Opening Convocation
Dr. Amy Bragg Carey currently serves as the 14th President here at Friends University. She previously served as vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. She brings to Friends a strong background in development, marketing and communications, and enrollment management. Her doctoral study, completed at Azusa Pacific University, focused on the turnaround of small private universities and the factors that contribute to their success. Dr. Carey is joined in Wichita by her husband, Bryan. She has professed her excitement to be active on the local, regional and national stages, helping to raise awareness of the crucial role that Friends University plays in the community of faith-based institutions of higher learning.

Aug. 30, 2018
Guy Chmieleski
Dr. Guy Chmieleski, campus pastor, dean of campus ministries, and interim vice president of student affairs, joined the Friends University community during the summer of 2016. He is a happy husband and proud father of five beautiful kids. Dr. Chmieleski has spent his entire career serving students and campus communities through various campus ministry roles. This is a response to God’s leading in his life, and he is motivated by the fact that college years are some of the most formative in all of life. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2005. Dr. Chmieleski has also authored three books: “Noise.Hurry.Crowds.,” “CAMPUS gODS” and “Shaping Their Future.”

Sept. 6, 2018
Roy Moye III
Roy Moye III is an emerging urban gospel artist with a heart for the Lord. He has a passion for making music that provides vibrant sounds, shares his personal testimony, and encourages others to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Moye released his “Coming Back” EP in 2017 and recently released a Mixtape entitled “Praise on a Beat.” He has a passion for youth and currently serves in the Wichita Real Men Real Heroes organization. This organization provides role models for youth in an effort to build stronger communities. Above all, he is excited about what God is doing in his life and loves to share the gospel through song anywhere he can. Moye is committed to doing the Lord’s will and strives to live by Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all his righteousness; and all things shall be added unto you.”

Sept. 13, 2018
Kaitlin Curtice
Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author, speaker and worship leader. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Citizen Band and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Curtice writes on the intersection of Native American spirituality, mystic faith in everyday life and today’s Christian culture. She is the author of “Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places” (Paraclete Press) and a contributor to Sojourners, Relevant Magazine, the Mudroom blog and Patheos. She frequently blogs on her website at Curtice has served on staff at a church and has spoken at Wild Goose Festival; at Listen to Your Mother, a national event that aspires to give motherhood a microphone; and at other events across the country. She studied social work at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband who is working on his Ph.D. in Political Science; two sons (6 and 4 years old); and a Weimaraner and Siberian Husky.

Sept. 20, 2018
Steve Guthrie
Dr. Steve Guthrie is professor of theology and head of the Religion and Arts and Worship Leadership programs at Belmont University. He is the author of “Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human” and was recently named general editor of the “Oxford Handbook of Music and Christian Theology.” Dr. Guthrie is a musician and continues to record and perform in the Nashville area.

Sept. 27, 2018
Helen Rhee
Rev. Dr. Rhee graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in history and earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary. Before coming to Westmont in 2004, she served as pastor of Hana Church in Buena Park, Calif., and she is an ordained minister of Free Methodist Church Santa Barbara. She specializes in early Christian history, especially second- and third-century Christian literature and theology, focusing on the diverging Christian self-identities in relation to Greco-Roman culture and society. Her books include “Early Christian Literature: Christ and Culture in the Second and Third Centuries,” “Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich: Wealth, Poverty, and Early Christian Formation,” and “Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity.” She received the Bruce and Adaline Bare Teacher of the Year Award in Humanities in 2010 and the Faculty Researcher of the Year Award in 2014. In the fall of 2016, she led the Westmont in East Asia program.

Oct. 4, 2018
Dr. James Bryan Smith is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kan., and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University. A founding member of Richard J. Foster’s spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré, Dr. Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Dr. Smith is also the author of “A Spiritual Formation Workbook,” “Devotional Classics” (with Richard Foster), “Embracing the Love of God,” “Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven” and “Room of Marvels.”

Oct. 11, 2018

Oct. 18, 2018
Guy Chmieleski

Oct. 25, 2018
Dr. Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He was a professor of theology for 16 years at Bethel University (St. Paul, Minn.) where he received the Teaching Excellence Award and Campus Leadership Award. Dr. Boyd is the co-founder of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., where he serves as senior pastor, speaking to thousands each week. Dr. Boyd has authored or co-authored 22 books and numerous academic articles, including his best-selling and award-winning “Letters from a Skeptic” and his recent books “Crucifixion of the Warrior God” and “Cross Vision.” His apologetic writings and public debates on the historical Jesus and the problem of evil have helped many skeptics embrace faith, and his writings and seminars on spiritual transformation have had a revolutionary, freeing impact on thousands of believers.

Nov. 1, 2018
Mark Yaconelli
Mark Yaconelli is a writer, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director, community activist, youth worker, storyteller, disco dancer, husband and father. He is the founder and executive director of The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular Folks, a registered nonprofit that assists cities and service-based agencies in producing personal storytelling events designed to help communities and individuals deepen relationships and cultivate compassion. Yaconelli is in demand as a speaker and retreat leader. He speaks to a variety of audiences each year across North America and the United Kingdom. Mark spent 20 years working with young people and the people who serve them in congregational, camp and conference settings. In 1996, he co-founded the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project at San Francisco Theological Seminary, a grant funded project that sought to test the integration of contemplative practice and awareness within congregational youth ministry programs. He directed that project from 1996 to 2006. Mark is the author of “The Gift of Hard Things” (IVP, 2016); “Wonder, Fear, and Longing” (Zondervan, 2009); “Downtime” (Zondervan, 2008); “Growing Souls” (Zondervan, 2007); and “Contemplative Youth Ministry” (Youth Specialties, 2006). Yaconelli holds an M.A. in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and a Graduate Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Yaconelli lives in Southern Oregon with his wife, Jill, and their three children–Noah, Joseph and Grace.

Nov. 8, 2018
Tracy Balzer
Tracy Balzer is the author of three books, the most recent being “Permission to Ponder: Contemplative Wisdom for the Spiritually Distracted” (Leafwood Publishers, 2015). Her interests include teaching and writing about Celtic Christianity, leading adult spiritual pilgrimages to Northern Ireland and Scotland, calligraphy, and discussing books and movies. Tracy received her undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University and her Master’s of Ministry degree from John Brown University where she has served as the director of Christian formation for 21 years. Her husband, Cary, is a theology professor at JBU; other important people include their two daughters and sons-in-law, and their new granddaughter, Lizzy.

Nov. 15, 2018
Haley Alloway
Haley earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy with an emphasis in Christian Spiritual Formation from Friends University in 2012 before pursuing a Master of Divinity focusing on Collegiate Ministry and Spiritual Formation at Truett Seminary. Her passions and hobbies include playing softball, watching college football, eating chips and queso, talking about the Enneagram, and playing and cuddling with her dog, Scout.

Nov. 22, 2018

Nov. 29, 2018
Guy Chmieleski

Dec. 6, 2018
Singing Quakers

Spring 2019

Jan. 17, 2019
Ken Stoltzfus

The new dean of the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education is Dr. Ken Stoltzfus, who previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at Samford University. Dr. Stoltzfus received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University, his Master of Social Work from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stoltzfus has worked as a counselor and administrator at human service agencies, including a residential substance abuse treatment facility, a faith-based addiction treatment clinic and a community-based mental health program. He received a Fulbright Lecturing/Research Award in 2010. His research interests include substance abuse, spirituality/religion and social work in the former Soviet Union. He is currently an associate editor of “Social Work and Christianity: An International Journal.”

Jan. 22, 2019
Brandon Redic // MLK JR. Celebration

Brandon is the Lead Pastor at The Bridge Church in Wichita, Kansas. Brandon hails from Waxahachie, Texas, which is 20 minutes south of Dallas.

After high school graduation, he attended Texas A & M University and graduated with honors in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Brandon also is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned a master’s degree in theology with a focus in pastoral ministries. During his last year of seminary, Brandon was selected to preach during Senior Chapel by his professors.
This opportunity is only afforded to four men out of the entire seminary.

His ministry experience includes more than 10 years as a minister of music in churches in the DFW metroplex. Churches of all colors and denominations have invited him to preach at numerous revivals and conferences. He also has served as a director of Christian education. In 2014, he was appointed to assistant pastor at Christ Willing Workers’ Baptist church in Dallas.

He is married to Connie and together they have two children, Brandon Jr. and Briana

Jan. 31, 2019
Matt Shepherd
Matt Shepherd is the Metro Director of Wichita Young Life. He is married to Tara and is the father of five children; Macy, Kate, Lucy, Hope and Luke. Matt coaches football and basketball at Wichita Collegiate School and will never say ‘No’ to free golf.

Kimberly is the Southeast Region Black Campus Ministry Coordinator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.

Feb. 7, 2019
Neal Plantinga

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. is senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary. Neal was Dean of the Chapel from 1996 to 2001 at Calvin College and served as professor (1979 to 1996) and president (2001-2011) at Calvin Theological Seminary. He writes for the Worship Institute and participates in its major events as a speaker or as a host for other speakers.

For more than a decade, Neal co-hosted a summer seminar for preachers on reading for preaching in connection with The Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. His latest book is Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists (Eerdmans).

Neal preaches and speaks regularly and also writes articles and books.

Neal is married to Kathleen. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.

Feb. 14, 2019
Joseph Sutton

Comedian|Actor|MC|Host Joseph Sutton, AKA Juice, has been entertaining people since the day he was able to speak. Since that time, Juice has traveled all over the country performing in a variety of venues such as churches, youth events, conferences, comedy clubs, block parties, colleges, schools, and state fairs. He has also been nominated for the Kingdom Image Awards ‘National Comedian Of The Year.’ Juice has shared the stage with a numerous number of comedians such as clean Christian comic sensation Michael Jr., Dave Chappell, Tony Baker, Shed G, Steve Brown, Kirk McHenry, comedian Akintunde, social media phenomenon KevOnStage and many more. Juice currently works full time in comedy and acting and is now a Live Game Day Entertainer for the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA).

Juice brings a home-style energetic type of comedy to the table. What makes his comedy great is it’s suitable for all ages. He likes to bring positive comedy to the stage and flip real life issues and problems and make them into something people can laugh about. He also brings a different angle to comedy by integrating musical performances with his jokes. Juice recently released the first comedy music album in the Midwest and the fourth in the country. Juice not not only performs traditional stand-up but creates funny songs with jokes and punch lines in the music. What makes his comedy stand out is that with every set he brings, he loves to leave his audience with a positive message or “Comedy With A Purpose.” His set will leave you encouraged, empowered and most importantly laughing.

Juice is also a YouTube partner with his very own channel (Juice The Comedian). He also has a podcast called “Keeping it 100 w/ Juice & Dre” on Soundcloud.

Feb. 21
MaryKate Morse

Dr. MaryKate Morse serves as the lead mentor for the Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin track. As lead mentor, Dr. Morse designs the content for all four semesters, leads the four F2F Retreats, and facilitates the online learning experiences.

MaryKate is the Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She began her ministry living in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru doing evangelism, theological education by extension, and social projects with the Aymará Indians. Upon return, she studied spiritual formation and direction, was certified as a spiritual director, and was recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends. She completed a Masters in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity with Western Evangelical Seminary.

MaryKate then completed her doctorate at Gonzaga University where she studied the characteristics of renewal leadership as modeled by Jesus. She planted two churches, the first was a contemporary church model led by herself and two other pastors. The second was an emerging church model, where she led a diverse leadership team.

She has taught at the Seminary for 28 years in the fields of New Testament Greek, various spiritual formation courses, and leadership and organizational change courses. She also designed several of the Seminary programs and served in various administrative positions at the university including Seminary Associate Dean, Director of Hybrid programs, and University Director of Strategic Planning.

Besides serving at the Seminary, she is currently a spiritual director and leadership mentor and coach, conference and retreat speaker, and author including Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer, as well as various other chapters and writing projects.

Feb. 28
Chris Heuertz

Chris Heuertz is an author, speaker, Enneagram coach, non-profit consultant, and anti-human trafficking activist.

He is a contemplative activist, ecclesial provocateur, curator of unlikely friendships, instigator for good, witness to hope, and clergy for common people.

March 7
STEM Visit
Kantis Simmons

Kantis Simmons is a highly requested Keynote Speaker, Author and Leading Authority on School Success and STEM Education.

For the last 13 years, his mission has been to forestall the academic failure epidemic and STEM career decline sweeping across America’s schools and colleges.

With more than 25 years in school, three advanced scientific degrees, and more than a decade of working in the lab solving scientific problems for Mobil Chemical, NASA and CIBA Vision, today he travels the world solving the problems of students, parents, educators, schools, and colleges by delivering speeches, creating courses, and writing books.

Born with a birth defect, audiences readily respond when Kantis shares his humorous and proven 7.25 Finger Secrets on academic success, college readiness, teacher motivation and STEM education.

March 14
Spring Break – NO CHAPEL

March 21
The Golgatha Experience
Poor Bishop Hooper

Weaving a patchwork of melodies atop an upright bass and a guitar, Poor Bishop Hooper began as a duo. As their love for one another and for the Lord increased, they were called to further steward their gifts for God’s glory, and in increasingly unique ways. Though they still often perform simple tunes in simple places, a vibrant musical ministry has developed around them. It ranges from full band, heavy mood moments like that in the Golgotha Experience, to string and vocal laden scores like that in Firstborn. They’ve performed for thousands around the country, in the largest of concert halls to the smallest of living rooms. They’ve been commissioned to write music by distinguished art museums, underground ministries, and independent artists. Their hearts for the Creator and the endless and bountiful inspiration he provides are ever growing. In turn, their creative projects follow his leading.

March 28
Kimberly Blackford

Kimberly is the Southeast Region Black Campus Ministry Coordinator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.

April 4
Spring Break Testimonies
Haley Alloway

April 11
Quaker Heritage Week
Cliff Loesch

Cliff Loesch and his wife, LaVonna, live in Wichita, Kansas where he serves as pastor of University Friends Church, adjunct professor at Friends University, and presiding clerk for Friends United meeting.

April 18
Maundy Thursday
Stan Harstine

April 25
Friends University Concert Choir

May 2
Senior Chapel

Fall 2019

Aug. 22, 2019
Opening Convocation
Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, President of Friends University

Aug. 29, 2019
Ephesians 2:10 – focal theme for the year
Dr. Guy Chmieleski, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries at Friends University

Sept. 5, 2019
Student Testimonials
We will hear from a few students who experienced the goodness and faithfulness of God while spending their summer serving and loving others in a variety of capacities.

Sept. 12, 2019
MaryKate Morse
Professor and Lead Mentor for the D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary of George Fox University; Church Planter; Spiritual Director; Conference Speaker; Author

Sept. 19, 2019
Jacob Cooke
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Apprentice Institute Coordinator at Friends University

Sept. 26, 2019
Mary Hendershott
Founder and Chairperson of Leadership LINKS Inc.; Diversity and Mentoring Coach; International Speaker; Author; Previous Marine Corps Officer; Previous Employee at the Department of Homeland Security

Oct. 3, 2019
Jacob Cooke
Arts consultant for Wycliffe Bible Translators

Oct. 10, 2019
Fall Break
No Chapel

Oct. 17, 2019
Neal Plantinga
Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; President Emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary; Author; Preacher; Speaker

Oct. 24, 2019
Keas Keasler
Assistant Professor and Program Director of Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University

Oct. 31, 2019
Faculty Panel
We will get a chance to hear from a panel of faculty about their spiritual journey and how they have seen God’s handiwork in their lives, from college until now. You’ll find plenty of wisdom and insight that God may just want to use to grow and challenge you in your own faith journey!

Nov. 7, 2019
Friends University Ballet
A faithful performance from members of the Friends University ballet program.

Nov. 14, 2019
Haley Alloway
Associate Campus Pastor of Outreach at Friends University

Nov. 21, 2019
Faculty/Staff/Student Testimonies
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we will have a chance to hear testimonies from a faculty, staff, and student from the Friends University community, of how God has blessed their lives over the past year. This will be a special chapel service, so don’t miss out!

Nov. 28, 2019
No Chapel

Dec. 5, 2019
Singing Quakers
Come join us for one of the best chapels of the year! With an eye on Christmas, and the end of the fall term, we will be treated to a service of music and stories from members of the Singing Quakers. This is a great way to finish out the year and prepare our hearts and minds for the Christmas season.