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Chapel Speakers

    January 2018

  • Opening Communion
    01-10-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Cups of wine and communion breadWe will begin the spring semester with a service of communion. All are welcome to share in this celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, led by faculty, staff and trustees of Belmont University.



  • Produced by Faith
    01-12-2018 | 10:00AM | MPAC

    Devon FranklinDEVON FRANKLIN was Senior V.P. of Columbia Pictures and is now President & CEO of Franklin Entertainment, which just released The Star”, about the first Christmas. His projects include “The Pursuit of Happyness”, “The Karate Kid”, “Miracles from Heaven” and the “Masters of the Universe” franchise. DeVon is a New York Times best-selling co-author, with his wife, Meagan Good, of The Wait. His first book was Produced by Faith, a guide about finding success without compromising your beliefs.

  • Dr. King's Mountaintop Leadership
    01-19-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    John FaisonJOHN R. FAISON, SR. is the Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church in Nashville, which has grown from 300 to 1,900 members. He has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Practical Theology and is earning a D.Min. at Payne Theological Seminary. He is an HIV/AIDS National NAACP Ambassador, President of a Community Development Corporation and member of the Belmont Board of Trustees.

  • Faith & Film
    01-22-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Rick RekedalRICK REKEDAL has worked as Chief Creative of Global Franchises for Dreamworks Animation on Prince of Egypt, Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. He has also received numerous awards for best animated video games.

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

  • Haiti Partners
    01-24-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Kent AnnanKENT ANNAN is co-director of Haiti Partners, which has focused on education since 2003. His books include Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle on his family’s life and work in Haiti; Global Perspectives on the Bible; and his latest, Slow Kingdom Coming.



  • Delight Ministries
    01-26-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Delight MinistriesMACKENZIE WILSON and MACKENZIE BAKER began a Bible study in the Bell Tower Prayer Chapel as freshmen that has grown into Belmont’s largest Faith Development Organization, with 100 chapters across the country. Delight provides college women with the tools and resources to launch, grow and sustain Christ-centered communities.


  • Beyond Colorblind
    01-29-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Sarah ShinSARAH SHIN’S new book is Beyond Colorblind. Her work as a national leader of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship focuses on multi-ethnicity, evangelism and the arts. Sarah is a painter with an M.A. in theology from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and an M.A. in city planning and development from MIT.

    Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience


    February 2018

  • Faith & Culture
    02-05-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Brian McLarenBRIAN MCLAREN has served as an English professor, pastor and advocate for the post-modern “emerging church.” His 17 books include A Generous Orthodoxy; A New Kind of Christianity; Adventures in Missing the Point; and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?


  • Ash Wednesday
    02-14-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Chapel during Ash Wednesday ServiceAsh Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Easter. All are welcome at this ecumenical service of reflection and repentance, co-led by J. Mark Spalding, the new Catholic Bishop of Nashville.


  • Music as Ministry
    02-21-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Nicole MullenNICOLE C. MULLEN is a singer/songwriter whose 14 albums have won multiple Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year.


  • Homecoming: Sports on Mission
    02-23-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Jordan HolmJORDAN HOLM completed an M.Ed. in Organizational Communication and Leadership at Belmont before becoming Belmont’s first Sports Ministry Coordinator, developing new initiatives with all 16 teams, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Sports Evangelism Mission Program. He will be joined by student-athletes who are leaders in missions and ministry.

    Co-sponsored by Athletics

  • Spoken Word Poetry
    02-26-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Micah BournesMICAH BOURNES is a Los Angeles-based spoken word poet with a focus on pursuing justice and the way of Jesus. His work with World Relief and the Justice Conference have given him a national platform.



  • Korean Children's Choir
    02-28-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Korean Children's ChoirThe choir is a ministry of Far Eastern Radio Broadcasting, which shares the gospel throughout Asia from their headquarters in Korea, the world’s second-largest missionary sending country. The choir performs on four continents accompanied by Chairman Dr. Billy Kim, former President of the Baptist World Alliance.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts

    March 2018

  • Women on the Margins Locally and Globally
    03-12-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Allison Hodges HaleRondy SmithALLISON HODGES HALE, missionary and founder of Mercy Jewelry in the Dominican Republic and RONDY SMITH, director of Rest Stop Ministries in Nashville, will share the ways they work to empower women on the margins in two very different social and locational contexts through faith, hope and healing.

    Co-sponsored by College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Women’s History Month Committee




  • Christian Learning
    03-14-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    David SmithDAVID I. SMITH has a B.A. from Oxford, a Ph.D. from the University of London, and is the founding Director of the Kuyers Center for Christian Teaching & Learning at Calvin College, where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies in Education and editor of the International Journal of Christianity & Education. His books include Teaching and Christian Practices and Teaching and Christian Imagination.

    Co-sponsored by the Provost Office

  • Sex and the Soul Week
    03-19-2018 | Chapel

    Please see the Belmont Events Calendar for a week of Chapels and convocations on the intersection of Christian faith and human sexuality.

  • Health Care for All
    03-28-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Hope through Healing HandsMusicians BRANDON HEATH and DAN HASELTINE, and JENNY DYER, Executive Director of the worldwide healthcare ministry Hope Through Healing Hands, will help us understand how to help the poor thrive. Dan is a founder of Blood: Water Mission, and Brandon has several No. 1 singles, an Emmy and 8 Dove Awards and serves as a Hope Through Healing Hands spokesperson.

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

    April 2018

  • Faith & Science
    04-04-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Praveen SethupathyPRAVEEN SETHUPATHY is Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University. He received a B.A. from Cornell, a Ph.D. in Genomics from U. Penn. 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 of Sciences & Mathematics
  • Using your Strengths
    04-09-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Keith HallKEITH HALL has a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S in Counseling Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. The focus of his work at Azusa Pacific University—which along with Belmont and 100 other universities is a member of the Lilly Network of Christian Colleges—is partnering with students to support their academic development and ability to thrive while moving toward graduation and their callings as difference makers.

    Co-sponsored by Student Affairs

  • Annie F. Downs
    04-16-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Annie F. Downs100 Days to Brave author ANNIE F. DOWNS’ books include Looking for Lovely, Perfectly Unique and Speak Love. Her speaking and best-selling writing uses a thought-provoking interplay of personal stories, humor and Scripture.


  • The Enneagram
    04-18-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Ian CronIAN CRON is the bestselling author of The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, which draws on his work as a psychotherapist and Episcopal priest. His books include the novel Chasing Francis and memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me.

    Co-sponsored by Student Affairs
  • Earth Day
    04-20-2018 | 10:00AM | Chapel

    Jill PhillipsJILL PHILLIPS is a singer-songwriter and Belmont alumna who has won CCM magazine’s reader’s choice for Independent Artist of the Year. As a founder and leader in A Rocha Arts, she helps others connect with A Rocha’s work as part of a family of Christian conservation organizations active in the U.S. and twenty other countries.

    Co-sponsored by the ECO Club and the College of Visual & Performing Arts