Hear special music, congregational singing, Scripture and readings featuring the EMU Chamber Singers and students from the theater program coordinated by Ken J. Nafziger, Professor of Music & Heidi Winters Vogel, Professor of Theater. Chapel opens with the annual advent greeting video.
“Who is this stranger in our midst?” comes from the song, Helpless and Hungry from
In the context of a chapel gathering, Eastern Mennonite Seminary student Charlie Tinsley, a graduate of Liberty University, offers Advent reflections on remarks by Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. regarding his recent call for students to carry guns.
The Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Howard is a native of Lancaster, Virginia and currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is married to the former Margaret Edmond and is the proud father of two daughters, Destiny and Holli. Dr. Howard is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church East End in Newport News, Virginia where he promotes kingdom-like living by unconditionally loving God and all of God’s people. Prior to leading the FBCEE congregation, Pastor Howard served as Pastor of Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Virginia and Jerusalem Baptist Church in Sparta, Virginia.
Pastor Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Rev. Howard earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Homiletics from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University. He was honored as a 2009 Joe R. Engle Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Public Policy. He is the author of Black Sacred Rhetoric: The Theology and Testimony of Religious Folk Talk and Voices Crying Out in The Wilderness: Contemporary Theologies of Preaching, both published by BorderStone Press. Dr. Howard is also an adjunct professor at Virginia Union University and its Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Civically, he is the Vice-President of Baptist General Convention of Virginia.
Above all, Pastor Howard loves God and the challenge of helping others see God’s grace in their own lives by proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Rev. Howard believes that we have been blessed with life and created in the image of God to be with and for one another; therefore, he strives to tear down the many obstacles that keep us from coming together in Godly communion.
Reverend Doctor Gregory M. Howard speaks in Chapel Gathering at Eastern Mennonite Seminary as part of a “Dialogue on Race and Diversity” in collaboration with EMU Multicultural Services and Campus Ministries.
Reverend Doctor Howard, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church East End in Newport News, Virginia speaks from Exodus 3:1-10 on, “Let the tree talk.”
Chapel Service honoring Dr. Abraham Davis, founder of multicultural services at EMU.
In Chapel Gathering at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Andrea Yoder and Matthew Hunsberger lead a song service focusing on moving from Lament to Trust and hope.
Dr. Steve Cessna presents the November Colloquium address based on his sabbatical work. Steve’s presentation is entitled: “What do Students Gain from Research Experience?” A Scientist Dabbles in Qualitative Education Research.”