Christmas Chapel: “Who is this stranger here in our midst?” – Ken J. Nafziger & Heidi Winters Vogel

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

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 Sing the Story.

“2015 Advent Reflections on Liberty University” – Charlie Tinsley

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

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.

“Remain on Route” – Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Howard

& DORD, University Chapels.

Another Dialogue on Race and Diversity chapel with the theme Remain on Route inspired by Luke 9:51-56 presented by Rev. Dr. Gregory Howard.

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.

“Let the Tree Talk” – Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Howard

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, DORD, Seminary.

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.”

Founding Multicultural Services – Honoring Dr. Abraham Davis

& Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Chapel Service honoring Dr. Abraham Davis, founder of multicultural services at EMU.

“Lament, Trust, and Hope through Song and Prayer” – Andrea Yoder and Matthew Hunsbergers

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Seminary, Student Speakers.

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.

University Colloquium – Dr. Steve Cessna

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

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.”

“Black Lives Matter: The Resocialization of Humanity” – Rev. Dr. Rodney D. Waller

& DORD, University Chapels.

Rev. Dr. Rodney D. Waller speaks on The Resocialization of Humanity inspired by John 11:1-37 for the
Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity University Chapel.

Reverend Dr. Rodney D. Waller is Senior Pastor of the third oldest African American Church in the United States, First African Baptist Church of Richmond, VA. Dr. Waller earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religious studies from Virginia Union University, a Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Virginia Union University of Lynchburg. Dr. Waller is the author of Leadership Empowerment: A Paradigm in Administration and Leadership in the Urban Church in General and the Rural Church in Particular for the Twenty-First Century.

Prior to becoming Senior Pastor of the First African Baptist Church, Dr. Waller was the Senior Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Weems, VA. During his tenure at Sharon Baptist Church, served as a volunteer chaplain at the Rappahannock General Hospital, became a member of the Lancaster County Special Education Department, served on the Lancaster County Planning Commission, and served on the Lancaster Board of Directors. He is the past President of the Northern Neck Ministers Conference and the Jesse DuPont Foundation Church Resource Service and presently serves as the Treasurer of the Richmond’s Minister Conference and Vicinity. In 2006, he was one of the featured Preachers at the Baptist General Convention of Virginia which took place in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Waller also is a member of the Hampton Minister’s Conference Executive Board.

Dr. Waller was recognized by the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Richmond Chapter during Clergy Appreciation Month in October, 2012. In August of 2011, Dr. Waller was a guest preacher for the UK African American Preaching Festival in London, England. While in London, Dr. Waller also studied at Oxford University during his first week of August. Dr. Waller was also nominated as Co-Pastor of the Year by the Richmond Usher’s Union for the year of 2011.


“Spiritual Life Week Chapel – Justice and Jesus? How do I make sense of this?”

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Spiritual Life Week, Student Speakers, University Chapels, Who do you say that I am?.

How do Johonna Turner, Nancy Heisey, Ben Bailey, and several student leaders, make sense of justice and Jesus? Hear their stories.

Johanna Turner is Assistant Professor with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Nancy Heisey is Professor of Bible and Religion. Ben Bailey is Office Coordinator for the Department of Applied Social Sciences.

“Spiritual Life Week Chapel – Justice and Jesus? Why should I care?” – Sabrina Dorman

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels, Who do you say that I am?.

Sabrina Dorman, Director & Co-Founder of New Creation brings Spiritual Like Week chapel focusing on Jesus and Justice.

Sabrina hails from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Her passion for fighting human trafficking quickly developed after volunteering with The Zion Project, and she made it her mission to learn about this issue on a local and global scale. In 2010, she and her husband, Steven had the vision of New Creation. Armed with the belief that prayer and education are the solution to the problem, she continues to develop concepts that will make an impact. When not working you will find her spending time with her husband & their children, thrifting with friends, or snuggling with one of her beloved cats…Nehemiah, Willow, and Oliver.