Chapel Speakers

Fall 2018

President Chip Pollard

President Chip Pollard

(August 23, September 27, December 4)

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.

 
Skye Jethani (Staley Guest)

Spiritual Emphasis Week: Skye Jethani (Staley Guest)

(August 28, 29, 30)

Skye Jethani is an author, speaker, consultant, and ordained pastor. He serves as the co-host of the Phil Vischer Podcast and is heard on radio programs around the country. Skye is a featured preacher on PreachingToday.com and has served as managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal and Director of Mission Advancement for Christianity Today. His visit is funded in part by an endowment from the Thomas F. Staley Foundation.

 
Tracy Balzer

Tracy Balzer

(September 4, October 2)

Tracy Balzer is Director of Christian Formation and Assistant Professor at JBU.

 

 
Pablo Daut

Pablo Daut

(September 6)

Pablo Daut serves as Minister to Hispanics at Cross Church Español in Springdale, Arkansas, where he has served since 2015. He received theological education from the Word of Life Bible Institute, the Argentina Universidad Santiago de Compostela, and is currently working on his D.Div. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

 
Preston Sprinkle

Preston Sprinkle

(September 13)

Preston Sprinkle has a Ph.D. from Aberdeen University and serves as the president of The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. He has authored several books, including the New York Times bestselling Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace For Us; Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality; and People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue. Preston has been married to Christine for 17 years and together they have 4 children

 
Ted Song

Ted Song

(September 18)

Dr. Song is Associate Professor of Engineering at JBU.

 
Harrison Scott Key and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

Giving Voice, Festival of Writing & the Arts: Harrison Scott Key and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

(September 20)

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and a new nonfiction novel out this November, Congratulations, Who Are You Again? His nonfiction has appeared in multiple publications including The New York Times and Reader's Digest. He teaches at SCAD (The University for Creative Careers) in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children.

 

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell teaches English at Fordham University in New York City and serves as Associate Director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include two chapbooks and five collections of poems. Her work has appeared in many journals, including Christian Century and First Things.

 
Rod Reed

Rod Reed

(September 25, October 23, November 8)

Dr. Reed is University Chaplain and Associate Professor of Bible and Theology at JBU.

 

 
Jamie Walt

Jamie Walt

(September 27)

Jamie Walt is the Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and an adjunct instructor in liberal arts at JBU.

 
Cary Balzer

Cary Balzer

(October 2)

Dr. Balzer is Professor of Biblical Studies at JBU.

 
Ruth Smith

Ruth Smith

(October 4)

Ruth Smith began service on the JBU Board of Trustees in 2000. Ruth currently serves as Chair of the Student Development Committee, is a member of the Executive Committee, and is on the board of JBU’s Center for Healthy Relationships. She and her husband Shelby have been married 37 years and are the parents of six children.

 
Chris Grace

CHR Relationships Week: Chris Grace

(October 9,11)

Chris Grace serves full time as the director of Biola University’s Center for Marriage and Relationships and teaches psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Colorado State University. Chris comes as a guest of the Center for Healthy Relationships at JBU.

 
Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman

(October 18)

Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director for 9Marks, a ministry that equips church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics for a Divided Age. Jonathan has earned a Ph.D. in political theology and teaches for a number of seminaries, including Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

 
Steve Beers

Steve Beers

(October 25)

Dr. Beers is Vice President for Student Development, Athletics, & Facility Services at JBU.

 
David Schroeder

David Schroeder

(November 1)

David Schroeder has served with Cadence International for over 35 years and has been in the role of president since 1995. Both he and his wife, Joyce, enjoy serving together and are passionate about family, military ministry, community, church, and walking with God. Cadence International is a ministry to the military that seeks to exalt Christ in the nations through the lives of transformed military people and their families.

 
Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Juan Carlos Rodriguez

(November 6)

Juan Carlos Rodriguez is Instructor of Mechanical Engineering at JBU.

 
Andrew Scott

World Awareness Week: Andrew Scott

(November 13, 15)

Andrew Scott has been the president of Operation Mobilization USA since 2010. A native of Northern Ireland, he originally joined Operation Mobilization in the late 1980s where his life was dramatically changed when he served on the ministry ship Doulos. In 2002 he joined OM USA to lead the recruitment department with a focus on college students. Now as president, Andrew works to position the organization to identify the most strategic use of resources to serve the least reached for the glory of God.

 
Jen Edwards

Jen Edwards

(November 20)

Jen Edwards is Assistant Professor of Worship Arts at JBU.