GCU to begin intimate summer Chapel series at Tell

May 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi
GCU News Bureau

No Arena, no worries. God shall provide a hub for weekly summer worship at Grand Canyon University.

Summer Chapel begins Monday with Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin offering a spiritual message at Tell Science Building in the converted “old computer lab” classroom at 28-100. Chapel will be held there at 11:15 a.m. most Mondays through July 28.

Pastor Tim Griffin has led Chapel services at the Arena and Antelope Gym this year, prior to the summer series at Tell Science Building. (Photo by Darryl Webb)

Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin will kick off summer Chapel on Monday in the Tell Science Building. Chapel will be held there most Mondays through July 28. Photo by Darryl Webb

Last year, summer Chapel was held for the first time at GCU, in Ethington Theatre. A stage resurfacing project has made the theatre unavailable this summer.

Danielle Rinnier, GCU’s director of Spiritual Life, said the University decided to host Chapel at the Tell building because its high ceilings and central location north of the Quad make it more accessible to the 100 to 200 people expected each Monday. Unlike school-year Chapel sessions that are packed with students, summer Chapel provides a more intimate setting for employees.

“From the staff perspective, I think there was a feeling of GCU being dedicated to your spiritual health and spiritual formation,” Rinnier said. “I know they hear that a lot, but it was good for them to see that … to see that Chapel’s not entirely based on students.”

Rinnier said she hoped employees can take an hour each week to unplug from work, connect with God and share in prayer with their fellow staffers.

Here is the full list of summer Chapel speakers:

May 5: Tim Griffin

May 12: Michael Kary, College of Fine Arts and Production

May 19: Chip Lamca, College of Theology

May 26: Memorial Day, no Chapel

June 2: Dr. Tim Larkin, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Theology

June 9: Matt Hopkins, Office of Residence Life

June 16: Dr. Jason Hiles, College of Theology

June 23: Jeremy Mack, Office of Student Engagement

June 30: Danielle Rinnier, Office of Spiritual Life

July 7: James Waddell, College of Theology

July 14: Dr. Dan Diffey, College of Theology

July 21: Keith Baker, Athletics

July 28: Brian Mueller, President and CEO

Reach Michael Ferraresi at michael.ferraresi@gcu.edu or 602-639-7030.

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