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Spring 2015 Speakers

Chapel is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and includes the following:


Spring Chapel Opening Communion Service
January 7, 10 am. | Chapel

We will begin the spring semester with a service of communion on the first day of classes. All are welcome to share in this celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Career & Calling Week

January 12-16, 10 a.m. | Massey Performing Arts Center
Co-sponsored by the Offices of Growth & Purpose for Students and Career & Professional Development

January 12
Shane ClaiborneShane Claiborne has spent time working with Mother Teresa and helped found The Simple Way, a Christian community in inner-city Philadelphia that has spawned numerous ministries and an international movement called The New Monasticism. His books include Ordinary Radicals, Jesus for President and Irresistible Revolution.

January 14

CeCe 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.

January 16

Bob Goff is founder and CEO off Restore International, which addresses injustices committed against children. With a passion for finding ways to restore justice to children and the poorest of the poor, Restore makes a difference on behalf of those who do not otherwise have a voice. Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt, and teaches law at Pepperdine University.

January 21, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Alvin Turner and Mr. Baxter Leach were with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 on his last march, supporting their struggle for justice as sanitation workers in Memphis. He then preached his final sermon, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the night before he was assassinated. Two weeks later, the City of Memphis recognized the sanitation workers’ union.

Co-sponsored by the Massey College of Business and the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics

January 23, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Keynote Address

Taylor Branch is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954- 63, the first volume of his critically acclaimed trilogy. He did graduate work at Princeton, has lectured at Oxford and Harvard, and has received the National Humanities Medal, a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and 10 honorary doctorates.

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee

January 28, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Voodoo vs. Healthcare in Haiti

Tim Randolph is Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science at St. Louis University. For 15 years, Dr. Randolph has led a growing medical ministry in Haiti along with his wife, Liz, a Physician Assistant. They now work throughout the year with eight clinics, with an emphasis on developing clinical laboratories and evangelism.

A University Theme “Living in a Global Community” Event, Co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences, the College of Sciences & Mathematics, and the College of Pharmacy

January 30, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Dead Man Walking

Sister Helen Prejean became pen pals with a convicted killer on death row and his spiritual advisor, leading to her writing Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, a #1 New York Times and international best seller which became an Academy Award-winning movie. Her most recent book is The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.

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


February 2, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Multicultural Faith

Gerardo Marti is a sociologist and author of several books, including A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church and Worship Across the Racial Divide. He holds the L. Richardson King professorship at Davidson College.

Sponsored by the College of Theology & Christian Ministry

February 4, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Faith-Informed Business

Rick Lytle is Dean of the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Lytle has pioneered innovative ways to help students learn how to integrate Christian conviction into the practice of business.

Co-sponsored by the Massey College of Business and the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics

February 6, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Forgiveness Amidst Murder and Betrayal

Stephen Owens, at age 12, returned home from church to find his father beaten to death. Stephen’s mother, who had hired a hit man, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Stephen and his mother did not see each other for decades. Through an amazing series of events, both were set free—Stephen from the prison of unforgiveness and his mother from death row. Stephen is the author of Set Free: Discover Forgiveness Amidst Murder and Betrayal.

Sex & The Soul Week 

February 9-13, 10 a.m. | Chapel

February 9
True Love Dates

Deb Fileta is the author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life and over 100 articles about relationships, dating, love, marriage and sex. A licensed professional counselor, she has worked in private practice, an adolescent residential facility and inpatient psychiatric care.

February 11
Before Forever

Byron and Carla Weathersbee are the authors of Before Forever: How do you know that you know? They co-founded Legacy Family Ministries in 1995 and have developed a marriage preparation curriculum that has helped thousands of couples.

February 13
Love Thinks

John Van Epp is the founder and President of Love Thinks and the author of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk. Dr. Van Epp has 25 years of clinical experience and research in premarital, marital and family relations. He has an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology, an M.A. in Church History, a Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychology, and has conducted relationship seminars in all 50 states and 10 countries.

February 16, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Christian Sexual Abuse

Boz Tchividjian worked in Florida for seven years as a Sexual Crimes Division Chief Prosecutor. He went on to found GRACE, an organization dedicated to confronting child abuse in the church and Christian organizations. He is a grandson of Billy Graham and Professor of Law at Liberty University, where he pioneered one of the first law courses in the nation focusing on child abuse.

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

February 18, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Ash Wednesday

Bishop David Choby and Rev. Todd Lake will co-officiate at this ecumenical service of worship to begin the 40 days of Lenten preparation for the celebration of Easter.

February 27, 10 a.m. | Chapel
The Shack

William Paul Young’s novel The Shack went from 15 self-published copies to being a New York Times #1 bestseller, spending over three years on the list. It has sold more than 20 million copies in over 40 languages and is soon to become a major motion picture.


March 4, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Christianity in China

Fenggang Yang is founding Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, where he is Professor of Sociology. Dr. Yang earned two degrees in China and two in the U.S. and has taught in both countries. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, most recently Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule (Oxford University Press).

A University Theme “Living in a Global Community” Event

March 20, 10 a.m. | Chapel
University Diversity

Pamela Christian has taught on four continents and served as Special Assistant for University Diversity and a professor in Ethnic Studies at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, where she is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Her work in the areas of diversity and educational leadership led to Dr. Christian’s receiving the prestigious American Council on Education Fellowship Award.

Sponsored by the Teaching Center and the Provost Office

March 23, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Scriptural Way of the Cross, is an opportunity to focus on 14 key moments during the last days of Jesus’ earthly life, beginning with the Last Supper. This service features works of art by Professor David Ribar.

Sponsored by the College of Theology & Christian Ministry

March 25, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Music, Mystery & Faith

 Ginny Owens and Andrew Greer are Belmont graduates; Ginny is a three-time Dove Award winner who received the Gospel Music Association’s New Artist of the Year award; Andrew has garnered several top-10 spots thanks to Angel Band. Their new book is Transcending Mysteries: Who is God and What Does He Want from Us?

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

March 27, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Faithful Words

Frederick Turner earned three degrees from Oxford University and has gone on to become a leading poet and interdisciplinary scholar. His 28 books include The Culture of Hope, Hadean Eclogues and The Prayers of Dallas His many awards range from the Poetry Foundation’s Levinson Prize to an Emmy.

Sponsored by the Provost Office and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

March 30, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Passion Cantata

Marcus Hummon is the Grammy- winning composer of this powerful setting of the Passion narrative, which will be performed by the Belmont University Chamber Singers led by Dr. Deen Entsminger.

Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts


April 1, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Faith & Film

Linda Seger has a doctorate in Drama and Theology and is an internationally acclaimed speaker on screenwriting who has authored 12 books. Dr. Seger has consulted on over 100 produced films and television shows, including the feature films Luther and Romero. Her awards include the Candlelight Award for being a “Light in the Entertainment Industry” and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Redemptive Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Motion Pictures Program

April 8, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Global Christianity in the 21st Century

Lamin Sanneh was born into a Muslim royal family in West Africa. He received his Ph.D. in African Islamic History from the University of London and has been a professor at Harvard, Cambridge and now Yale. He is the author of 14 books, including Disciples of all Nations: Pillars of World Christianity and his autobiography Summoned from the Margin: Homecoming of an African.

A University Theme “Living in a Global Community” Event

April 22, 10 a.m. | Chapel
The Oxford Inklings: Writing & Faith

Colin Duriez is a British scholar, educated in Istanbul and Ulster, whose books include Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings; J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship; and A Field Guide to Narnia. He has appeared as a commentator on DVDs of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. His latest book is The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Their Circle.

Co-sponsored by the Honors Program