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Spring 2016 Chapel Speakers


Jan. 6 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Communion Service

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, led by faculty, staff and trustees of Belmont University.

Jan. 11 | 10 a.m. | MPAC
Jon Acuff: Awesome Work

Jon is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has over 250,000 Twitter followers and his blogs have been read by over 4 million people.

Jan. 13 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Rick Rekedal: Hollywood Films & Faith

Head of Creative Global Franchises for Dreamworks Animation, Rekedal's projects include "Prince of Egypt", "Shrek", "Madagascar", "Kung Fu Panda" and "How to Train Your Dragon", and he has received numerous awards for best animated video game. Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business Motion Picture Program

Jan. 20 | 10 a.m. | MPAC
John Perkins: Race Matters

John Perkins’ brother was slain by police in Mississippi, and his Civil Rights work resulted in repeated beatings and imprisonment. Despite dropping out of grade school, he has written 14 books, been awarded 12 honorary doctorates and founded two national organizations: the Christian Community Health Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee

Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Sex & the Soul: Dr. William Struthers

Dr. William Struthers is the author of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain, has a Ph.D. in Biopsychology and does research on the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral arousal. He is a Visiting Scholar in Science & Religion at Oxford and recently received a research grant from the Faraday Institute for Science & Religion at Cambridge University. Co-sponsored by the College of Sciences & Mathematics

Jan. 27 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Sex & the Soul: Amy Violette

Amy Violette is a Belmont alumna, founder of Inward Adventure, and President of the Truett Preaching Society. For the past 10 years she has traveled the country speaking and advocating for victims of sexual abuse.

Jan. 29 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Sex & the Soul: Craig Gross

Craig Gross founded to serve those addicted to pornography and those who make their living in the industry. has had over 70 million visitors in the past 14 years. Craig is the author of 13 books including Eyes of Integrity: The Porn Pandemic and How It Affects You and The Dirty Little Secret: Uncovering the Truth Behind Porn.


Feb. 3 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
ISIS & the Church in the Middle East

Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis is the President Archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. He has degrees in Medicine & Surgery from Cairo University and in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Tropical Medicine. He worked for many years as both a physician and hospital director prior to doing his theological training in Australia, England and the United States. A University Theme “Living in a Global Community” Event

Feb. 5 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Death Penalty Abolition

Rev. Stacy Rector has served as the Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty for 10 years. She is a graduate of Rhodes College and Columbia Theological Seminary, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. Belmont will host the TDAP 2016 Student Conference on Feb. 6, which will consider a range of moral and fiscal reasons to abolish the death penalty. Co-sponsored by the Jack C. Massey College of Business Social Entrepreneurship Program

Feb. 8 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Justice for the Poor

Ken Liu is the Christian Legal Society’s Director of Legal Aid Ministries; President of Good Samaritan Advocates, a Christian legal aid program; and is passionate about helping to start legal aid programs around the country. Ken is also an intellectual property and nonprofit law attorney, and serves a broad range of churches and ministry organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Cornell Law School. Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of Administration & General Counsel

Feb. 10 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Ash Wednesday

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

Feb. 17 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Music as Ministry

CeCe and the Winans 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. Co-sponsored by the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business

Feb. 19 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Betty Wiseman Homecoming Chapel: Belief in Something Greater

For over five decades, Betty Wiseman has been a leader at Belmont as a student, coach, professor and athletics director. In 1968, she founded the women’s basketball program at Belmont, one of the first in the Southeast. For over 20 years, she has led Sports Evangelism trips involving hundreds of Belmont student-athletes. Co-sponsored by the Athletics Department


March 2 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Helping Orphans Now

Steven Curtis Chapman: Show Hope for Orphans Show Hope was founded by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman—winner of five Grammys and 58 Dove Awards—to “restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress.” Belmont partners with Show Hope to serve special needs orphans in China. Over 2,000 Chinese orphans have been helped by Show Hope, and over 5,000 orphans have been adopted through Adoption Aid Grants. The Red Bus Project will also be on campus to offer a tangible way to learn about and help support orphan care and adoption. Co-sponsored by the the Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing and the College of Pharmacy

March 16 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
End Hunger Now

Eric Mitchell is Government Relations Director of Bread for the World, a Washington, D.C.-based Christian organization working with our nation’s decision makers and faith communities to end hunger at home and abroad. Mitchell was an award-winning lobbyist for gospel rescue missions, child abuse prevention organizations, colleges and medical centers. He began his political career in Washington D.C. serving as policy advisor to civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis. *A University Theme “Living in a Global Community” Event

March 28 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Easter Monday Celebration

The Belmont Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Deen Entsminger, will lead this service celebrating the resurrection of our Lord, and premier the finale of Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon’s Easter Cantata. Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts

March 30 | 10 a.m. | WAC Chapel
Faith at Work

John Tyson served as CEO and is now the Chairman of Tyson Foods, a worldwide food company that was founded by his grandfather in 1935 and is now one of the 100 largest in the U.S. He will be joined by his friend Dr. David Miller (pictured & bio below).

Dr. David Miller is the Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative and author of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement. Co-sponsored by the Jack C. Massey College of Business

April 6 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Science & Faith

Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and popular speaker on the excitement of scientific discovery.  She studies star formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes.  She is also a leader in science policy and public engagement, and directs the  Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER) program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is currently a senior astrophysicist with NASA, and a  Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, the largest organization of Christians in the sciences. Co-sponsored by the College of Sciences & Mathematics

April 18 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Bill Gaither: The Gospel in Music

Along with the Bill Gaither Trio and the Gaither Vocal Band, he has won eight Grammy Awards, 28 Dove Awards and written with his wife Gloria many modern standards such as "Because He Lives," "The King Is Coming," "He Touched Me," "There's Something About That Name" and "Let's Just Praise the Lord.” His more than 40 albums and his work as a mentor to so many artists have helped shape the world of Christian music. Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business

April 20 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Earth Week Chapel

Blessed Earth TN Executive Director Heather Bennett will explain how people of faith can and must become better stewards of God's creation. Co-sponsored by the Belmont ECO Club