Fall 2014 Chapel Speakers

President Chip Pollard

(August 28, September 18, December 9)

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.

Rod Reed

(September 2, September 30, November 20, November 25)

Rod Reed has been the chaplain at JBU since 2008. He also teaches classes in spiritual formation and leadership.

Tracy Balzer

(September 4)

Tracy Balzer is the director of Christian formation at JBU and an assistant professor of biblical studies. She also leads JBU's annual summer mission to Ireland.

Andrew Peterson, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Staley Guest

(September 9-11)

Andrew Peterson is a successful recording artist and songwriter, as well as an award-winning author and the host of the popular online creative community known as the Rabbit Room. His current project is his recently released fourth and final book in the Wingfeather Saga series. His visit to JBU is funded by an endowment from the Thomas F. Staley Foundation.

Jessica Wilson

(September 16)

Jessica Wilson is an assistant professor of English at JBU. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship last year and spent spring of 2014 in Prague teaching at Charles University.

Robbie Castleman

(September 18)

Robbie Castleman is a professor of biblical studies at JBU. Her most recent book is New Testament Essentials: Father, Son, Spirit and Kingdom. She also sponsors a JBU program she began at Florida State in 1990, "The Dead Theologians Society."

Kathleen Paulsen

(September 23)

Kathleen Paulsen is JBU’s women's soccer coach and an instructor of kinesiology. As an undergrad at the University of Arkansas she was a key player for the Lady Razorbacks, then served at U of A as director of soccer operations.

Brett Foster and Josh Harmony, Giving Voice: Festival of Writing & the Arts

(September 25)

Brett Foster’s writing has appeared in numerous prestigious literary journals, including the Boston Review, Columbia, and the Hudson Review. He teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Wheaton College.

Josh Harmony is a musician who recently released his first full-length album, Benefit of the Doubt. The 29-year-old currently resides in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Jenna, and their two young sons, Harrison and Henry.

Jerry Root

(October 2)

Jerry Root is currently serving as the director of the Evangelism Initiative and faculty/scholar at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College, as well as an associate professor at Wheaton at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His book, C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, is just one of his books celebrating the work and influence of C. S. Lewis.

Emily Moberly, Homecoming

(October 3)

Emily Moberly is a JBU alumna and the founder and executive director of Traveling Stories, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “outsmarting poverty one book at a time."  Since 2010 Emily and her team have established world libraries in El Salvador, Nicaragua, South Sudan, and the Philippines, as well as two literacy programs in San Diego.

Jeff and Debby McElroy, CHR Relationships Week

(October 7, 9)

Jeff and Debby McElroy, founders of Forever Families, Inc., are one of the most sought-after couples in marriage and family enrichment and have been delivering their spirit-filled message with humor, insight, straight talk, and experience for over 20 years. They come to JBU as guests of JBU’s Center for Healthy Relationships.

Cary Balzer

(October 14)

Cary Balzer is director of faculty development and an associate professor of biblical studies at JBU.  He is the co-editor of Building a Culture of Faith: University-wide Partnerships for Spiritual Formation.

Patty Kirk

(October 23)

Patty Kirk is JBU’s Writer In Residence and an associate professor of English. Patty has written numerous essays and books, including The Easy Burden of Pleasing God.

Maxie Burch

(October 28)

Maxie Burch is the chair of the Division of Biblical Studies. He is a graduate of the Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) where he learned to take orders, survive “sweat parties,” march with a sword without hurting himself, and appreciate the irony of eating in a building referred to as a “mess hall."

Jenny Yang

(October 30)

Jenny Yang is the vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate (2009) and Global Diasporas and Mission (2013). Jenny was recently named as “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.

David Johnson, World Awareness Week

(November 4, 6)

David Johnson is the founder and director of Silent Images, a nonprofit organization that “provides charities with professional photography and video services that educate and inspire viewers to give, go, and pray.” He is an author and lecturer at schools, churches and universities around the nation and was a 2011 TED Talk speaker.

Preston Jones

(November 11)

Preston Jones is an associate professor of history at JBU. He is the author of a variety of scholarly books and articles, and is a marathon runner.

Vincent Bacote

(November 13)

Vincent Bacote is an 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 Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005) and the soon-to-be released book, The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life.

Robert Moore

(November 18)

Robert Moore is an assistant professor of history at JBU. He specializes in Middle Eastern studies, and received a research fellowship from the American Research Center in Egypt that allowed him to explore the national archives in Cairo.

Steve Beers

(November 20)

Steve Beers has been with JBU as the vice president for student development since 1998. He is the proud grandfather of two with another on the way.