(January 14, February 19, April 12) Dr. Pollard has been the president of JBU since 2004. Prior to coming to JBU, he taught English at Calvin College and practiced law in Chicago.
MLK Jr. Service: Darris Sneed
(January 18) Darris Sneed serves as Associate Worship Pastor and Associate Teaching Pastor at Glad Tidings Church in Orlando, Florida. He also serves as Worship and Creative Director for the non-profit organization, Generation Pulse, out of Dayton, Ohio. He is the founder of DS Ministries whose vision is to impact people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(January 19, February 2, March 1, April 28) Dr. Reed is University Chaplain and Associate Professor of Bible and Theology.
(January 21) Jenny Yang is Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she works with members of Congress, their staffers, and the Administration to improve refugee and immigration policy. Jenny has researched refugee and asylum law in Madrid, Spain, through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate.
(January 26) Dr. Castleman is Professor of Theology and New Testament at JBU.
(January 28) Doreen Dodgen-Magee is a psychologist from Portland, Oregon, whose expertise focuses on how technology is shaping the neurological, interpersonal, and intrapersonal lives of individuals today. In addition to her thriving private practice, she maintains a national speaking docket and her work can be found in magazines, journals, and books.
(February 4) Noah Mitchell received his undergraduate degree in 2005 and his graduate degree in Ministry in 2007, both from John Brown University. He is currently the Director of Maturity (Discipleship) at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the author of Face to Faith: How to Own Your Faith in College.
Spiritual Renewal Week: Jerry Sittser
(February 9 and 11) Gerald (Jerry) Sittser has been teaching in the theology department at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, since 1989. He has written dozens of articles and eight books, and has received the Gold Medallion Award from evangelical publishers for When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer, the Logos Book Award for Water from a Deep Well, and an award of merit from the Christianity Today annual book awards for A Grace Revealed.
(February 16) Justin Mertes works in Digital Marketing and Social Media at JBU.
(February 18) Bobby Gross serves as National Director of Graduate and Faculty Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Bobby’s previous roles with InterVarsity include working as a chaplain at the University of Florida and serving as a National Field Director over undergraduate regions comprising 17 states. He is the author of Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God (InterVarsity Press, 2009). He lives in Atlanta with his wife Charlene.
(February 23) For twenty-one years, Imad Shehadeh has brought hope in the midst of a land of conflict. He serves as Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Founder, President, and Professor of Theology. JETS reaches out to twenty-two Arabic-speaking countries of the Middle East, Arab Peninsula, and North Africa for Christ.
Dan and Jacob Hash
(February 25) Dan Hash and his wife Laura have been serving with Josiah Venture in southern Poland since 1993 and have been involved with training and coaching young leaders in numerous churches and ministries throughout the country. Jacob Hash is a junior at JBU and will join his dad as a speaking duo for this special chapel.
(March 3) Mark Galli has been an editor with Leadership Journal, Christian History, and now with Christianity Today. He has published dozens of articles in a variety of magazines, and has written or co-written six books, from biographies (St. Francis of Assisi, and a forthcoming book on theologian Karl Barth), to books on spirituality (like Jesus Mean and Wild), and one on worship: Beyond Bells & Smells: The Wonder and Power of Liturgy.
Soderquist Leadership Chapel: Shelley Simpson
(March 8) Shelley Simpson is the Chief Marketing Officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., President of J.B. Hunt Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) and Truck, and is an Executive Vice President of the parent company. She serves on the board of WorkMatters, and is devoted to causes related to promoting women in the workplace. Shelley and her family live in Rogers, Arkansas.
(March 10) Vincent Bacote is Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015) and has had articles appear in magazines such as Books and Culture and Christianity Today. He is a trustee of the Center for Public Justice, member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics, and lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with his family.
(March 15) Dr. Terrell is Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at JBU.
(March 31) Devin Brown, a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury University, has produced two documentaries about C. S. Lewis. His publications include A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis (2013); The Christian World of The Hobbit (2012); Inside The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005); and a young adult novel.
(April 5) Dr. Ericson is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at JBU.
Governor Asa Hutchinson
(April 7) Asa Hutchinson is the 46th Governor of Arkansas. A graduate of the University of Arkansas law school, at age 31 he was appointed by President Reagan as the nation's youngest U.S. attorney. Before being elected governor, he served as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. On the national stage, he has been a key leader in education, energy, and security. Governor Hutchinson is the inaugural speaker of the Barnett Speaker Series.
(April 19) Tracy Balzer is Director of Christian Formation at JBU.
Academic Excellence Chapel: Sarah-Jane Murray
(April 21) Sarah-Jane Murray is an Irish-born academic and EMMY award-nominated screenwriter and filmmaker, also known for applying story design principles to corporate and non-profit brand and impact strategy. She is Associate Professor of Great Texts and Creative Writing at Baylor University and is the co-chair of the working group on Film, Media & Storytelling for the Nexus Global Youth Summit. As a passionate modern-day abolitionist, she sits on the boards of Nomi Network and Exodus Cry.
(April 26) Dr. Odell is Director of Nursing at JBU.