Chapel Speakers

Spring 2009

Spring 2009 Speakers

Theme: "Telling Stories of Faith"

Theme Verse: "Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he has done for me." Psalm 66:16 (NIV)

Charles Ware (January 19)

Charles Ware is the President of Crossroads Bible College where he has served and taught since 1991. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Crossroads seeks to reach a multi-ethnic student population. Dr. Ware is the author of Prejudice and the People of God, and has collaborated on numerous other publications. Dr. Ware comes as our featured speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Calvin Miller (January 20)

Calvin Miller is one of the Christian community's best storytellers. He is the author of more than forty books of popular theology and inspiration. His most recent book, Life is Mostly Edges, is a memoir that tells his own story of faith. Dr. Miller is a Research Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Norman Jones (February 10)

Norman Jones has been teaching theatre at Gordon College, Boston, since 1985. In that time, he has directed 36 plays and has supervised 28 student-directed productions. His interest in encouraging the creation of new theatrical works has resulted in 15 premieres or commissioned plays. Norm will be sharing his story of faith and how it has been affected by the gradual deterioration of his eyesight.

Micheal Flaherty (February 17)

Micheal Flaherty is the president of Walden Media, a company he co-founded with his former college roommate to produce films, books, and interactive programs that tie directly into school curricula. Acclaimed for such films as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Charlotte's Web; and Bridge to Terabithia, Walden Media aims to recapture imagination, rekindle curiosity, and demonstrate the rewards of learning.

Bill Ewing (February 19)

Bill Ewing is president of Every Tribe Entertainment and the producer and co-writer for the feature film End of the Spear. He served as Senior VP of Production and Administration, Columbia Pictures, for 15 years and worked on numerous films including A League of Their Own, Air Force One, Men in Black I & II, Stuart Little I & II, The Patriot, and Spiderman. Bill Ewing resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Susie.

Patricia Hampl (February 26)

Patricia Hampl is one of the experts coming to campus in celebration of "Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts." Her most recent book is The Florist's Daughter, winner of numerous "best" and "year end" awards, including the New York Times' "100 Notable Books of the Year." Ms. Hampl is on the MFA faculty at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and is also a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program.

Alexandra Goode (March 12)

Alexandra Goode was born in Yugoslavia to Russian parents, and at age 14 was forced to live in a German concentration and labor camp. She somehow survived the Holocaust's horrible conditions and treatment, and in 1949 she immigrated to the United States. Now she and her husband oversee International Guardian Angels Outreach, a not-for-profit Christian ministry that finds homes and medical care here in the U.S. for Russian orphans.

Bethany Dillon (April 2)

Bethany Dillon is a singer-songwriter whose 2004 Sparrow recording launched her into the music scene at the age of 14. Now four years later, Bethany comes to join us in worship and give a concert here on campus. Her latest CD is Waking Up.

Gary Thomas (April 16)

Gary Thomas is a writer and the founder and director of the Center for Evangelical Spirituality, a writing and speaking ministry that integrates Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics. He has served as a campus pastor and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches on spiritual formation.