Chapel Speakers

Spring 2019

President Chip Pollard

President Chip Pollard

(January 10, February 8, April 16)

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

Rod Reed

(January 15)

Dr. Reed is University Chaplain and Associate Professor of Theology.

 
Gunnar Shaffer

Gunnar Shaffer

(January 17)

Gunnar Shaffer attended JBU from 2010 to 2014 majoring in Renewable Energy Engineering, and completed his MSc in Renewable Energy with a specialization in Energy Storage from Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany. He is currently a Power Systems Engineer at Southwest Power Pool, in Little Rock Arkansas, and is also the founder and CEO of Agrowponics LLC, a vertical modern farming company (a result of his JBU senior engineering project in 2014). He has worked in missions from Asia to Europe to Latin America with a life goal of lifting people from poverty through renewable energy power systems, modern agriculture practices, and the incomparable hope that Jesus gives to us through the gospel.

 
Aminta Arrington

Aminta Arrington

(January 22)

Dr. Arrington is Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at JBU.

 
Rachel Gilson

Rachel Gilson

(January 24)

Rachel Gilson works on staff with Cru at Boston University and on the national theological team, where she gives leadership on biblical studies and LGBT+ engagement. Rachel is a regular contributor to Desiring God, Christianity Today, and The Gospel Coalition, and has also written for the Christian Research Journal and Christ and Pop Culture. She is completing her Master of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and lives in Boston with her husband Andrew and their daughter.

 
York Moore

Spiritual Renewal Week: York Moore

(January 29-31)

R. York Moore serves as National Evangelist for InterVarsity USA. York, who came to faith in Christ as an atheist during his undergraduate study at the University of Michigan, is the author of several books, including Do Something Beautiful: The Story of Everything and a Guide to Your Place in It. In his role as the National Director for Catalytic Partnerships with InterVarsity, he has helped to start the "Every Campus" initiative, a national, multi-organizational coalition focused on planting gospel movements on every campus in America by 2025.

 
Kathleen Paulsen

Kathleen Paulsen

(February 5)

Kathleen Paulsen is Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Instructor of Kinesiology at JBU.

 
Noah Mitchell

Noah Mitchell

(February 7)

Noah Mitchell received his undergraduate degree in 2005 and his graduate degree in Ministry in 2007, both from JBU. 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.

 
Jake Stratman

Jake Stratman

(February 12)

Dr. Stratman is Associate Professor of English at JBU.

 
Brad Edwards

Brad Edwards

(February 14, March 28)

Brad Edwards is Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at JBU.

 
Monique Ingalls

Monique Ingalls

(February 19)

Dr. Monique Ingalls, a 2003 graduate of JBU, is an ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of Music at Baylor University. Her monograph Singing the Congregation: How Contemporary Worship Music Forms Evangelical Community was published in October 2018. She is also co-editor of three books on Christian congregational music, and has published articles and book chapters in ethnomusicology, media studies, hymnology, and religious studies publications. Her current research uses British gospel choirs as a lens for studying social integration, ethnic identity, and the shifting roles of religious music in post-Christian societies.

 
Alveda King

Alveda King

(February 21)

Alveda C. King is a Christian evangelist and civil rights activist known for her creative contributions in film, music, politics, education and journalism. A niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she is a guardian of the King Family Legacy. She currently serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing. Her visit is sponsored by the Ray and Laurine Barnett Civic Leadership Speaker Fund.

 
Patty Kirk

Patty Kirk

(February 26)

Patty Kirk is Writer in Residence and Professor of English at JBU.

 

Milestone Leadership: Jen Lewis, Nicholas Sammer, and Alex Cornett

(February 28)

 

Jen Lewis is founder and executive director of Purse & Clutch, an organization with a vision of working with developing artisans to make Fair Trade products that stand on their own in a competitive fashion market. Jen graduated from JBU in 2009 with a Leadership and Ethics masters and served as a Soderquist Fellow.

 

Nicholas Sammer leads client partnership and brand strategy across North America for Saatchi & Saatchi X. He loves developing people and helping his teams and clients achieve business, career, and personal success. Nicholas graduated from JBU in 2005 with an MBA and served as a Soderquist Fellow.

 

Alex Cornett serves as interim Chief Executive Officer at Milestone Leadership. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the food industry, working in leadership roles at Steak and Ale Corporation, The Pillsbury Company, and General Mills, as well as working voluntarily for a variety of non-profit organizations.

 
Joe Walenciak

Joe Walenciak

(March 5)

Dr. Walenciak is Professor of Business at JBU.

 
Billy Stevenson

Billy Stevenson

(March 7)

Billy Stevenson is Senior Director of International Programs and Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at JBU.

 
Marquita Smith

Marquita Smith

(March 12)

Dr. Smith is Associate Professor of Journalism at JBU.

 
Tracy Balzer

Tracy Balzer

(March 14 and 26)

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

 
Curtis Cunningham

Curtis Cunningham

(April 2)

Dr. Cunningham is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at JBU.

 
Brian Bollinger

Brian Bollinger

(April 4)

Brian Bollinger, a 2007 graduate of JBU, serves as Executive Director of Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, Georgia. Clarkston, referred to as "the most diverse square mile in America" and "the Ellis Island of the South,” has received roughly 40,000 refugees over the past 25 years from Congo, Syria, Bhutan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia and Vietnam. Current JBU students take spring break trips every year to work alongside Brian and his wife Annie as they further their mission.

 
Edward Graham

Edward Graham

(April 9)

Edward Graham, grandson of Billy Graham and the youngest son of Franklin Graham, is Assistant to the Vice President of North American Ministries for Samaritan’s Purse. After graduating from the United States Military Academy, he spent 16 years in the U.S. Army, serving in various leadership positions and multiple combat deployments within Special Operations. He felt called to return home in 2018 and serve in the ministry. He and his wife Kristy have been married 14 years and have four children.

 
Alan Noble

Academic Excellence: Alan Noble

(April 11)

Dr. O. Alan Noble is Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, Editor-in-Chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and author of Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. He has published articles in The Atlantic, VOX, First Things, and Buzzfeed. He lives with his wife and three children.

 
Jen Edwards

Jen Edwards

(April 23)

Jen Edwards is Assistant Professor of Worship Arts at JBU.