Fall lineups for Chapel, The Gathering announced
By Karen Fernau
GCU News Bureau
To senior Josh James, Chapel is more than just a weekly worship service at Grand Canyon University. It’s a touchstone that connects him to his faith, friends and campus.
“Chapel helps me deal with all the stresses of student life and has been the lens through which I’ve experienced college,” said James, a Christian studies major from Phoenix.
“It’s how I hit the reset button.”
Today, James is one of a six student leaders and 28 band members behind Chapel, a mega-worship service that attracts nearly 6,000 students, staff and faculty on Monday mornings in GCU Arena.
Chapel begins at 11:15 a.m. sharp and combines a 15-minute musical worship performance with a 30-minute inspirational talk by a guest speaker, usually from a local church.
Speakers are chosen for their ability to connect with millennials, said Jared Ulrich, GCU worship manager. Their messages are spiritual, not political.
Like James, he believes Chapel is more than music and worship.
“It’s become part of our DNA. Chapel gets the week off to a great start,” said Ulrich, who credits student leaders like James for Chapel’s appeal.
For others, Chapel’s success is tied to its open-arm spirit. The reason it is attractive, they say, is that people of different church backgrounds can come and be involved.
“This is what makes it so special, makes it such an important part of GCU,” said James, a guitarist and singer who, like all band members, auditioned for his leadership role.
In addition to Chapel, GCU hosts The Gathering, a worship service for students at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in Antelope Gym. About 1,500 students attend weekly.
Aug. 29: Brian Mueller, GCU president
Sept. 5: No Chapel (Labor Day)
Sept. 12: Beth Guckenberger, Back to Back Ministries
Sept. 19: Brian Kruckenberg, New City Church
Sept. 26: Ron Merrell, The Heights Church
Oct. 3: Chris Brown, North Coast Church
Oct. 10: Pastor Tim Griffin, GCU dean of students
Oct. 17: Tim Kimmel, Family Matters
Oct. 24: Jeremy Jernigan, Central Christian Church
Oct: 31: Ryan Buskirk, Young Life
Nov. 7: Courtney Cleveland, speaker and author
Nov. 14: Chad Moore, Sun Valley Community Church
Nov. 21: No Chapel (fall break)
Nov. 28: Tim Beal, Cornerstone Church
Dec. 5: Christmas service
THE GATHERING SCHEDULE
Aug. 30: Danielle Rinnier, GCU director of spiritual life
Sept. 6: David Stockton, Living Streams Church
Sept. 13: Worship Night
Sept. 20: Pastor Tim Griffin, GCU dean of students
Sept. 27: Ben Bost, Search Ministries
Oct. 4: Worship Night
Oct. 11: Sean Myers, Redemption Church
Oct. 18: Jared Ulrich, GCU worship manager
Oct. 25: Travis Phillips, Antioch Community Church
Nov. 1: Worship Night
Nov. 8: Luke Parker, Living Streams Church
Nov. 15: Pastor Tim Griffin, GCU dean of students
Nov. 21: No The Gathering (fall break)
Nov. 29: Braelyn Armenta, GCU
Contact Karen Fernau at (602) 639-8344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.