Baylor Chapel Welcomes Fall Guests

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Sept. 4, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 4, 2014) – Baylor University will continue its long-standing tradition of noteworthy chapel services this fall, with more than 13 speakers, musicians, academics and missionaries visiting campus to share with students.

University Chaplain Burt Burleson, D.Min., said the chapel guests are invited to help students learn more about the Christian faith.

“Our hope is that our students have their understanding of the faith broadened by being in chapel. We hope they walk away aware that the work, worship and witness of the Christian faith is larger than what they likely knew,” he said.

Special guests this semester include:

Tim McKenzie, president and founder of On Every Word Ministries, a nonprofit organization that seeks to proclaim God’s word through the spoken word and multimedia.

Gary Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission, an organization that seeks to abolish injustice in the world. Haugen has received the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership.

Ken Medema, a composer, singer and songwriter who has been blind since birth and has a passion for storytelling through music. Medema has been performing for more than 40 years and brings his composition and improvisation talents to each performance.

Other guests include:

  • Carrie Newcomer, singer, songwriter and author
  • Micah Bournes, spoken word poet
  • Katherine Clay Bassard, author, professor and chair of the English department at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Suzanne Stabile, co-founder of Life in the Trinity Ministries
  • Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leader
  • Anne Zaki, professor at Evangelical Presbyterian Seminary in Cairo, Egypt
  • Andy Flannagan, storyteller, singer and songwriter
  • Korean Children’s Choir
  • Keith Johnson, associate professor theology at Wheaton College
  • Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid Association
  • Jimmy Dorrell, executive director of Mission Waco
  • “In a way, a semester of chapel should be a picture of what Baylor is all about,” Burleson said.

    Chapel is held every Monday and Wednesday in Waco Hall at 9:05 a.m., 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at 624 Speight Ave. For dates or more information about chapel services or guests, please contact Baylor Spiritual Life at 254-710-3517 or email Spiritual Life.

    by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


    Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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