By Rick Vacek
GCU News Bureau
As the Grand Canyon University campus population keeps growing, so does attendance at Chapel. That’s only natural. But Chapel’s importance to students has remained consistent.
“I think the attendance at Chapel is a byproduct of the community of students – who they are, what they value,” said Danielle Rinnier, Director of Spiritual Life.
That also is reflected by the wide range of speakers for the fall semester, including six Chapel newcomers.
Most notable among them is Joni Eareckson Tada, who still is sharing her incredible message 50 years after a diving accident left her a quadriplegic. She is the guest speaker on Sept. 17.
“That one was a no-brainer,” Rinnier said.
Tada’s ministry, Joni and Friends, aims to “accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community,” according to her website. Her headquarters is in Southern California, but the ministry has area offices in 15 states across the country.
The first newcomer of the semester is Mark Moore of Christ’s Church of the Valley, scheduled for Sept. 10.
“Lots of students either come from CCV or go to CCV, and we’ve heard that he is one of their most gifted communicators,” Rinnier said.
The other first-time Chapel speakers this semester are:
- Singer/songwriter Mia Koehne (Sept. 24)
- Blind “American Idol” finalist Scott MacIntyre (Oct. 15)
- Senior Pastor Sean Moore of the Faith Christian Center in Phoenix (Oct. 29)
- Pastor, teacher and author Robert Watson of Sun Valley Community Church (Nov. 5)
As usual, the semester begins with a talk by GCU President Brian Mueller on the first day of classes, Aug. 27.
Chapel meets at 11:15 a.m. Mondays in GCU Arena and is open to all GCU students, faculty and staff. It begins each week with 15-20 minutes of uplifting music by the Worship Team, a 30-member group of GCU students divided into three separate bands, and the speaker’s 20- to 30-minute talk follows.
Students also gather for Christian music and inspirational talks – usually by GCU staff members – at The Gathering, which meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Antelope Gym.
The fall semester schedule for both:
Aug. 27: Brian Mueller, Grand Canyon University
Sept. 3: No Chapel (Labor Day)
Sept. 10: Mark Moore, Christ’s Church of the Valley
Sept. 17: Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends
Sept. 24: Mia Koehne, Mia Koehne Music
Oct. 1: Dr. Tim Griffin, Grand Canyon University
Oct. 8: Brian Kruckenburg, New City Church
Oct. 15: Scott MacIntyre, “American Idol”
Oct. 22: Emma Tautolo, Athletes in Action
Oct. 29: Sean Moore, Faith Christian Center
Nov. 5: Robert Watson, Sun Valley Community Church
Nov. 12: No Chapel (Veterans Day)
Nov. 19: No Chapel (fall break)
Nov. 26: Ron Merrell, Heights Church
Dec. 3: Christmas Chapel
Aug. 28: Danielle Rinnier
Sept. 4: Local/Global Outreach Night
Sept. 11: Dr. Tim Griffin
Sept. 18: Worship Night
Sept. 25: Chase Kerrey
Oct. 2: Cory Tubbs
Oct. 9: Njenga Maina
Oct. 16: Torrey Allen
Oct. 23: Brian Kruckenberg
Oct. 30: Worship Night
Nov. 6: Brenna de Jong
Nov. 13: Chris Jennings
Nov. 19: No Chapel (fall break)
Nov. 27: Worship Night
Contact Rick Vacek at (602) 639-8203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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