Familiar names to make the rounds at spring Chapel

Dr. Palmer Chinchen returns to Chapel services at GCU for the first time since 2015.

Grand Canyon University has reached into the past to add two speakers to its spring semester Chapel schedule.

Dr. Palmer Chinchen, lead pastor at The Grove and author of "Barefoot Tribe: Take Off Your Shoes and Dare to Live the Extraordinary Life," returns to GCU Arena on March 25. Chinchen last spoke at Chapel in 2015.

Terry Crist, City of Grace Church lead pastor, is scheduled to speak Feb. 12. Crist, who has preached in more than 60 countries, last appeared at Chapel in 2017.

GCU President Brian Mueller will continue his tradition of leading the first of 11 spring semester Chapel services on Jan. 8, which also is the day the University will unveil its latest campus sculpture by Surprise, Ariz.-based botanical artist Joe Tyler. The dedication ceremony will begin immediately after Chapel around Prescott Field, and Mueller will speak at the dedication, as well.

Another campus leader, Dr. Tim Griffin, University pastor, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students, will lead Chapel on Jan. 29.

Every Chapel service starts at 11 a.m. Monday at Global Credit Union Arena. No Chapel services will be held Jan. 15 (Martin Luther King Day), Feb. 18 (President's Day) and March 11 (spring break).

Here are the speakers for the spring semester:

  • Jan. 8: GCU President Brian Mueller
GCU President Brian Mueller will open 2024 spring semester Chapel services on Jan. 8.
  • Jan. 15: No Chapel (Martin Luther King Day)
  • Jan. 22: Brian Kruckenberg, New City Church. Kruckenberg is completing his 13th season with New Church and made a smooth transition from the business world as an attorney in 2004.
  • Jan. 29: University Pastor Tim Griffin
  • Feb. 5: Des Wadsworth, pastor of Tempe's Grace Community Church, was born in Australia, moved to England when he was 8 years old and became a minister at 19. He will be a first-time speaker at Chapel.
  • Feb. 12: Terry Crist, City of Grace Church
  • Feb. 19: President’s Day (No Chapel)
  • Feb. 26: Ashley Wooldridge, senior pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley, emphasized prioritizing God first and warned about false idols at GCU Chapel last spring.
Terry Crist will be a guest speaker at Chapel for the first time since 2017.
  • March 4: Megan Fate Marshman. Returning to Chapel for the first time since 2020, Marshman is a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and director of women’s ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps in Southern California.
  • March 11: Spring break (No Chapel)
  • March 18: Musical worship Chapel
  • March 25: Dr. Palmer Chinchen
  • April 1: Jon Demeter, pastor of Redemption Church in Peoria, returns to Chapel for the first time since February 2021, when he demonstrated what faith in God looks like and how it is filled with sacrifices and tests.
  • April 8: Final Chapel

GCU News senior writer Mark Gonzales can be reached at [email protected]

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