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Fall 2017 Chapel Speakers


Aug. 28 | 10 A.M. | MPAC

amy_grant.pngAMY GRANT has sold more than 30 million albums, won six GRAMMY® Awards, 25 Dove Awards, had 17 Top 40 songs and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Every summer she hosts Barefoot Republic, a multi-racial Christian camp, at her farm.

michael-w-smith.pngMICHAEL W. SMITH has earned three GRAMMY® Awards, 44 Dove Awards, 16 gold, seven platinum and two double- platinum albums. He is the founder of Rocketown, a ministry in Nashville serving 800 teens each week.

Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts


Aug. 30 | 10 A.M. | MPAC

skaggs-kennedy.pngRICKY SKAGGS has garnered 14 GRAMMY® Awards, 12 No. 1 hits, eight CMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and Belmont’s Applause Award.

GORDON KENNEDY is a Belmont alumnus and world-renowned guitarist, teaches in the Songwriting Program and is a multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner.

Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business and the College of Visual & Performing Arts



Sep. 6 | 10 A.M. | MPAC

josh-turner.pngBelmont alumnus JOSH TURNER has had six No. 1 hit songs and three No. 1 albums. He became one of the youngest members ever chosen for the Grand Ole Opry. His recent book is Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood.

Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts


Sep. 8 | 10 A.M. | MPAC

james-lowe.pngJAMES LOWE serves as Senior Pastor of Bethel World Outreach Church, the largest multiracial church in Middle Tennessee, with over 1,000 multiethnic sister congregations in 60 countries. He has a degree in Social Work and was formerly the Director of the Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee, providing development and intervention programs for at-risk young people.


Sep. 13 | 10 A.M. | MPAC
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MIKE NAWROCKI is co-creator of VeggieTales, the first-ever computer generated imagery (CGI) video series. He is the co-founder of Big Idea Productions, and the voice of Larry the Cucumber

Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business Motion Pictures Program


Sep. 15 | 10 A.M. | MPAC

bob-goff.pngBOB GOFF is founder and CEO of Restore International, which addresses injustices committed against children and those who do not otherwise have a voice. Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt, and teaches law at Pepperdine University.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Growth and Purpose for Students


Sep. 20 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

shane-claiborne.pngSHANE CLAIBORNE spent time in Calcutta with Mother Teresa and at a Chicago megachurch before founding a number of New Monastic Communities. His books include Ordinary Radicals, Irresistible Revolution, and Jesus for President. In his latest book, Executing Grace, Shane asks, "What does it look like when God's grace gets the last word?"

Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences


Sep. 27 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

cece-winans.pngCECE WINANS and her family have helped define the world of gospel music. Among her honors as a performer are eight GRAMMY® Awards and 21 Dove Awards. She has numerous gold and platinum albums and has appeared in broadcasts and live performances around the world.



Oct. 4 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

praveen-sethupathy.pngPRAVEEN SETHUPATHY is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University. He received a B.A. from Cornell, a Ph.D. in Genomics from the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship at the National human Genome Research Institute with Dr. Francis Collins. Praveen has authored over 70 publications and serves on the Board of Directors for BioLogos.

Co-sponsored by the College Sciences & Mathematics


Oct. 6 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

katie-davis-majors.pngKATIE DAVIS MAJORS, author of the New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie, moved to Uganda from Nashville at age 18. After adopting 14 children, she founded Amazima Ministries, which assists Ugandan families with education, medical care, employment and discipleship. In 2015 she married Benji Majors and this fall released her new book Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful.


Oct. 11 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

beth-mchoul.pngBETH MCHOUL moved to Haiti, which has the highest incidence of maternal and infant mortality in the Western Hemisphere, in 1989. She and her husband founded Heartline Ministries, which included the largest maternity center in the country, along with a men's discipleship and job training program and a women's education center that teaches literacy and entrepreneurship.

Co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences & School of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy


Oct. 18 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

joseph-walker-iii.pngJOSEPH WALKER III is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church–which grew from 175 to over 25,000 under his leadership–and International Presiding Bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. He has a Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Seminary and is the author of sever books including his latest, Leadershifts.


Oct. 23 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

john-nunes.pngJOHN NUNES is President of Concordia College in New York, was formerly CEO of Luther World Relief, and has pastored urban churches across the U.S. His most recent works focus on the Reformation and its relevance for communities of faith today.


Oct. 25 | 10 A.M. | MPAC

king-country.pngFOR KING & COUNTRY is an Australian duo, Joel and Luke Smallbone. The brothers have won two GRAMMY® Awards, four Dove Awards, have 150,000,000 streams of their music and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the View and The Tonight Show. Variety praised their movie Priceless as "as surprisingly involving faith-based drama about human trafficking."

Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business



Nov. 1 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

john-perkins.pngJOHN PERKINS' brother was murdered by police in Mississippi, and Dr. Perkins' civil rights work resulted in repeated beatings and imprisonment. Despite dropping out of grade school, he has written over a dozen books, been awarded over a dozen honorary doctorates and founded two national organizations: The Christian Community Health Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association.

Co-sponsored by the Massey College of Business Social Entrepreneurship Program


Nov. 8 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

l-gregory-jones.pngL. GREGORY JONES has served as Provost of Baylor University, the world's largest Christian research university, and as Dean of Duke Divinity School. He has an M.A. in Public Policy and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Duke where he served as the Business School's Senior Strategist for the Center on Leadership and Ethics. Dr. Jones has published 200 articles and 16 books, including his latest, Christian Social Innovation.

Co-sponsored by the Massey College of Business


Nov. 15 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

heather-rice-minus.pngHEATHER RICE-MINUS is Director of Government Affairs at Prison Fellowship, the nation's largest outreach to prisoners and their families, where she directs research and legislative campaigns on criminal justice issues. She formerly managed advocacy efforts for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Heather is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and works pro bono with Christian Legal Aid of D.C.

Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of Administration & University Counsel


Nov. 29 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

lydia-s-dugdale.pngLYDIA S. DUGDALE (M.D., University of Chicago) is Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and Co-Director of the Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality and Religion. Her recent book is Dying in the Twenty-First Century: Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well (MIT Press).

Co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences & School of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy



Dec. 4 | 10 A.M. | CHAPEL

christmas-around-the-world.pngStudents and faculty from the Department of Foreign Languages help lead this multilingual service of Scripture and song celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages