Chapel Speakers

Spring 2022

 
 
President Chip Pollard

President Chip Pollard

(January 11, February 18, March 1, April 19)

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.

 
Tracy Balzer

Tracy Balzer

(January 13, March 17)

Mrs. Balzer is Director of Christian Formation at JBU.

 
Curtiss Smith

Curtiss Smith

(January 18)

Reverend Curtiss P. Smith is the 14th Servant of The Historic Saint James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Pastor Smith has been married for 31 years to Jacinda, and together they have four children and two grandchildren.

 
Keith Jagger

Keith Jagger

(January 20, February 15, March 29, April 5, April 26)

Dr. Jagger is University Chaplain and Dean of Christian Formation at JBU.

 
Scott Erickson

Spiritual Renewal Week: Scott Erickson

(January 25 and 27)

Author and artist Scott Erickson brings his training as an educator and his experience as a visual communicator to all of his presentations. His new book, Say Yes: Discover the Surprising Life beyond the Death of a Dream (based on his popular live-performance show), will be formally launched during Scott’s visit here at JBU. Scott’s previous books include Honest Advent, and two books on prayer written in collaboration with Justin McRoberts. Scott's visit is co-sponsored by the Office of Christian Formation and the Visual Arts Department.

 
Laura Fabrycky

Laura Fabrycky

(February 1)

Laura M. Fabrycky is a writer, poet, and mother of three, as well as a Ph.D. student in systematic theology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty (ETF) in Leuven, Belgium. She is married to a U.S. Foreign Service officer and her family’s diplomatic postings include Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Washington, D.C.; Berlin, Germany; and Brussels, Belgium. They currently live in the Washington, D.C., area. Laura is the author of The Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

 
Miguel Rivera

Miguel Rivera

(February 8)

Mr. Rivera is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at JBU.

 
Aminta Arrington

Aminta Arrington

(February 10)

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

 
Charles Person

Charles Person

(February 22)

Charles Person, one of two remaining original Freedom Riders of 1961, became a Freedom Rider following his participation in the Atlanta Student Movement, a successful student-led effort to desegregate Atlanta restaurants and lunch counters. His activism put him in jail for 16 days, but ultimately brought hundreds more Riders to the South to challenge and defeat Jim Crow. Following the Ride, he joined the United States Marines serving the country for 20 years. He and his wife Jo Etta live in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Person's chapel visit is co-sponsored by the Office of Christian Formation and the Office of Diversity.

 
Esau McCaulley

Esau McCaulley

(February 24)

Rev. Esau McCaulley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope which won numerous awards, including Christianity Today’s Book of the Year. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and his writings have appeared in places such as the Washington PostReligion News Service, and Christianity Today. His visit is sponsored by the Rodney Sisco Symposium.

 
Robbie Castleman

Robbie Castleman

(March 3)

Dr. Castleman is Professor Emerita, New Testament and Theology, at JBU.

 
Jen Edwards

Jen Edwards

(March 10)

Dr. Edwards is Associate Professor of Worship Arts at JBU.

 
Greg Jao

Greg Jao

(March 15)

Greg Jao serves as Executive Vice President of Communications & Mobilization at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A second-generation Chinese American, he helped develop The Daniel Project, a leadership acceleration program for Asian American InterVarsity staff.  He frequently speaks on campuses, in churches, and at conferences, and currently serves on the boards of Wheaton College and of The Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of several books, including Your Mind’s Mission (an Urbana Onward book).

 
Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett

(April 12)

Dr. Bennett is Associate Professor of Political Science at JBU.

 
Kim Hadley

Kim Hadley

(April 21)

Dr. Hadley is Vice President of Finance and Administration at JBU.