KNOXVILLE— Ask any student at Johnson University what one of the biggest parts of their semester is, and half of them will come back with the answer ‘chapel.’ Not only is chapel a means of being able to connect with fellow students outside the classroom, but it is also an intricate part of a student’s faith. Chapel is a soul-lifter for some, and a reality check for others.
The chapel theme for the fall semester of 2015 has been ‘Do This in Remembrance of Me,’ and the first part of chapel this semester has been focused on the ‘Do This’ portion. Various speakers from all over the globe have volunteered to speak on chapel days, and their lessons have ranged from humorous to serious to even inspirational.
In terms of worship, Tuesday morning chapels have been reserved for more of the energizing, loud praising styles, while Thursday mornings have been more on the old-fashioned, hymnal side of things. As always, Wednesday morning chapels are marked for specific group chapels, which can involve staff meetings, worship times, and/or biblical teachings.
Looking closer at the Tuesday and Thursday chapel mornings, one can note that memory verse reciting’s are skillfully spoken each time after the worship. This not only reinforces the power of the Word of God into chapel, but it also allows students to share their public speaking talents with their classmates.
As a freshman starting out their journey at Johnson, Danielle Keehner had nothing but positive comments about chapel. “Chapel has taught me more about God, and the worship has revitalized my soul during the week,” Danielle said.
The last speaker at chapel was Professor Jody Owens on Nov. 10. Professor Owens turned the tables around and started focusing on the ‘Remembrance’ part of the theme. Within his discussion, he concentrated on the power of memory. Basing most of his teachings off of Exodus and Genesis, he emphasized the fact that God always remembered His people. Professor Owens was not only a crowd favorite, but he also made heads tilt with curiosity as he presented new ideas and notions with the topic of memory.
The following is a list of the speakers who have/will be speaking for the fall semester:
Tuesday, Aug. 25, Gary Weedman, president of Johnson University; Thursday, Aug. 27, Bill Wolf, dean of the chapel; Tuesday, Sept. 1, Bill Wolf, dean of the chapel; Wednesday, Sept. 2, first chapel group meeting of the semester; Thursday, Sept. 3, Jason Mead, professor in the School of Arts and Sciences; Tuesday, Sept. 8, Gary David Stratton, professor and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; Thursday, Sept. 10, Mark Weedman, professor in the School of Arts and Sciences; Tuesday, Sept. 15, Scott Kenworthy, senior minister at Owensboro Christian Church; Thursday, Sept. 17, Tommy Smith, Vice President of Academics; Tuesday, Sept. 22, Aaron Wright, rector at Old North Abbey; Thursday, Sept. 24, Brent Brewer, professor in the School of Intercultural Studies; Tuesday, Sept. 29, Dave Milam, senior pastor at One Life Church; Wednesday, Sept. 30, SGA Day of Service; Thursday, Oct. 1, Ron Wheeler, professor in the School of Arts and Sciences; Tuesday, Oct. 6, Mary Kamau, Executive Director of Missions of Hope International; Wednesday, Oct. 7, Dennis Bratton, CEO and Founder of the KORE Foundation; Thursday, Oct. 8, Mary Kamau, Executive Director of Missions of Hope International; Tuesday, Oct. 13, Stephen Freeman, archpriest at St. Anne’s Orthodox Church; Thursday, Oct. 15, Jon Weatherly, professor and dean of the School of Bible and Theology; Tuesday, Oct. 20, Matt McGue, lead pastor at One Church; Tuesday, Oct. 27, Kit Danley, founder and president of Neighborhood Ministries; Thursday, Oct. 29, Weldon Davis, resident director of Brown Hall; Tuesday, Nov. 3, Shaun Groves, singer-songwriter and speaker; Thursday, Nov. 5, David Reece, professor in the School of Bible and Theology; Tuesday, Nov. 10, Jody Owens, professor in the School of Bible and Theology; Thursday, Nov. 12, Rafael Rodriguez, professor in the School of Bible and Theology; Tuesday, Nov. 17, Don Wilson, senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley; Thursday, Nov. 19, Heather Gorman, professor in the School of Bible and Theology; Tuesday, Dec. 1, Ryan McDaniel, senior at Johnson University; Thursday, Dec. 3, Andrew Peterson, singer-songwriter and speaker; Tuesday, Dec. 8, Cole Osbourne, senior at Johnson University; Wednesday, Dec. 9, last chapel group meeting for the semester; Thursday, Dec. 10, Daniel Overdorf, professor and dean of the School of Congregation Ministry.