Chapel Speakers

Spring 2012

Spring 2012 Chapel Speakers

Marcus Carruthers (January 16)

Marcus Carruthers is the senior pastor at The Dwelling Place Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prior to going into ministry full time, he worked at several Fortune 500 companies and owned a software company with his wife Dionne.  He has been listed on the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal's "State of Arkansas 40 under 40" list, and was named the Washington County Volunteer of the Year. Marcus currently serves as the chaplain for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Mike Yankoski, Spiritual Renewal Week (January 17-19)

Mike Yankoski, author of Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America, spends much of his time speaking to audiences across the United States and Canada, arguing for a Christ-centered response to our world's great needs. He and his wife Danae live in Vancouver, B.C., and are graduate students at Regent College. When he is not studying, speaking, or writing, he loves spending time outdoors. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of World Vision US and the Advisory Board of Kilns College. Mike comes to JBU through funding of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation and as a spokesperson for Compassion International.

Mark Galli (February 9)

Mark Galli is senior managing editor of Christianity Today magazine. He is the author of numerous books, including biographies (such as Francis of Assisi and His World and a forthcoming bio on theologian Karl Barth) and books on spirituality (including Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God and Chaos and Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit). He has been married to his wife Barbara for 36 years, has three grown children, and currently lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Noah Mitchell (February 16)

Noah Mitchell received his undergraduate degree in 2005 and his graduate degree in ministry in 2007, both from John Brown University. He now serves as the head of the Bible department at his alma mater, First Baptist Academy in Dallas, Texas, and also serves as a youth and college pastor at Marshall Drive Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. Noah is the author of the upcoming book, Face to Faith: How to Own your Faith in College.

Phil Vischer, Soderquist Leadership Week (February 21)

Phil Vischer is best known as one of the originators of VeggieTales. Today, almost 50 million VeggieTales videos have been purchased and Phil’s faith-filled stories can be found in one-third of all American homes with young children. He captured the breathtaking rise – and heartbreaking fall – of Big Idea Productions in the book Me, Myself & Bob, which was published by Thomas Nelson. Phil lives with his wife Lisa and their three kids in Wheaton, Illinois.

Sean Womack, Soderquist Leadership Week (February 23)

Sean Womack, JBU class of 1992, was Vice President of Marketing for Walmart Stores managing their $570 million dollar advertising budget and helping the company transform its image. But in the midst of success, his career, his marriage, and his family began to unravel. Because of his position at the world's largest company, the story was very public and very painful.  It was not, however, the end of the story. Sean is going to share the story of God's miraculous redemption and grace in his life. Sean lives with his wife and four children in Bentonville and they are in the process of adopting two brothers from Russia.

Sarah Sumner (March 8)

Sarah Sumner, Ph.D., is Dean of A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary in Redding, California. She is a speaker who travels both nationally and internationally to address church congregations, institutions of Christian higher education, and businesses and nonprofits. She is the founder of Sumner Consulting, and a member of the Editorial Council for Christianity Today.

Newell Cerak (March 15)

Newell Cerak is the Pastor of Young Adults at Gaylord Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord, Michigan. He and his wife, Colleen, along with Don and Susie Van Ryn, are the authors of Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope. These two families received national media attention when their daughters, Whitney Cerak and Laura Van Ryn, both students at Taylor University, were in a tragic vehicle accident in 2006 that took the life of one and seriously injured the other, and both were incorrectly identified for five weeks.

Christopher Yuan (March 29)

Christopher Yuan is a passionate minister with a heart for those working through issues of sexuality and those living with HIV/AIDS. He teaches at Moody Bible Institute, and speaks locally and internationally to youth, on college campuses, in churches, and in prisons. Christopher is featured in the award-winning documentary "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS," and has co-authored with his mother Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope.