Chapel, The Gathering schedules announced for new semester

By Rick Vacek
GCU News Bureau

The spring semester schedule for Chapel at Grand Canyon University is out, and five of the eight non-GCU speakers are new. But Pastor Tim Griffin, GCU’s dean of students, promises that one thing won’t change at Chapel: the way the message is delivered.

“We’ve really tried to steer clear of creating some kind of ‘sizzle’ experience in this,” he said. “I think this generation is really interested in authenticity. They don’t want to see smoke machines. If they do, they’ll go buy a ticket to a concert.

“They want to see a simple but direct, applicable Bible message with great, relevant music that they can worship to. So we try to keep this simple. We just want it to be a place where students can be together and sing together and worship together and they can pray and hear from God’s word.”

Chapel, open to all employees and students, is at 11:15 a.m. Mondays in GCU Arena. The Gathering, which is for students, is at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Antelope Gym.

Here are the schedules for both. An asterisk (*) designates first-time Chapel speakers:


Jan. 4: Brian Mueller, GCU president

Jan. 11: Riccardo Stewart*, Redemption Church

Jan. 18: No Chapel (Martin Luther King Day)

Jan. 25: Dustin Tappan, Christ’s Church of the Valley

Feb. 1 : Ryan Guard*, Mission Community Church

Feb. 8: Jamie Rasmussen, Scottsdale Bible Church

Feb. 15: No Chapel (Presidents Day)

Feb. 22: John Lennox*, Oxford University

Feb. 29: The Traveling Team*

March 7: Nicole Cottrell*, writer and speaker

March 14: Chris Brown, North Coast Church

March 21: No Chapel (spring break)

March 28: Pastor Tim Griffin, GCU dean of students

April 4: Last Chapel of school year


Jan. 5: Cory Tubbs, GCU servant scholar manager

Jan. 12: Warren Stewart, Remnant South Phoenix

Jan. 19: Chris Cunningham, GCU local outreach coordinator

Jan. 26: Worship Night

Feb. 2 : Danielle Rinnier, GCU director of spiritual life

Feb. 9 : No The Gathering (men’s basketball game)

Feb. 16: Sean Myers, Redemption Peoria

Feb. 23: Worship Night

March 1: Unity Night

March 8: Blake Small, GCU ministry outreach coordinator

March 15: Jared Ulrich, GCU spiritual life worship manager

March 22: No The Gathering (spring break)

March 29: Worship Night

April 5: Last Gathering of school year

Contact Rick Vacek at (602) 639-8203 or [email protected].


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