Baylor Welcomes October Chapel Speakers

Sept. 28, 2007

by Devany Severin, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's department of University Ministries sponsors Chapel in Waco Hall on Baylor's campus each Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Guests for October include theologians, authors, inspirational speakers and pastors.

Tony Jones will speak on Oct. 1. Jones is a professional theologian and author of five books. He travels internationally and speaks on topics of Christianity, postmodernism, youth ministry, and the evolution of the church.

Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Highland Village, will speak at chapel on Oct. 8. Chandler is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships.

Nicholas C. Triantafilou will speak at chapel on Oct. 10. Rev. Triantafilou is the President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and more than 30 thirty years of experience in church administration, pastoring and leadership. Triantafilou has also held various high-level leadership roles in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

Clay and Renee Crosse will speak on Oct. 15. Clay Crosse entered the contemporary Christian music scene in 1994 with his Dove Award-winning song, I Surrender All. As his fame and success grew in the following years, Clay struggled with a secret addiction to pornography. He and his wife wrote the book, I Surrender All: Rebuilding a Marriage Broken by Pornography, in which they talk about the impact his addiction had on their marriage and the power of God's grace in their journey to forgiveness and healing.

"Buster" Soaries will speak at chapel on Oct. 17. Soaries is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J. In addition to his pastoral duties Dr. Soaries is a popular speaker at colleges, universities, conferences and churches around the world. He has served as New Jersey's Secretary of State from 1990 to 2000 and recently addressed religious and government leaders in Belgium at the request of the U.S. State Department.

Chapel on Oct. 22 will focus on Missions Week with a service that includes missionary guests from around the world as well as summer missions through Go Now Missions, an organization that gives college students the chance to spend their summers as missionaries in locations across the world.

Paul Griffiths will speak on Oct. 24. Griffiths is the Schmitt Professor of Catholic Studies and Chair of the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is interested in philosophy of religion and theology, and has published on the topics of Buddhist and Christian thought.

Homecoming Chapel will take place on Oct. 29. Baylor Chamber of Commerce member Andrew Morris will teach chapel attendees about the history of homecoming, the schedule of events and how students can get involved. The service will include a presentation of the Homecoming Queen nominees.

Chapel on Oct. 31 will focus again on Missions Week and will highlight Baylor's discipline-specific trips coordinated by University Missions. Students will view a video from previous mission trips and hear stories from past participants.

For more information regarding Chapel speakers please contact University Ministries at (254) 710-3517. Chapel can be viewed live on the web at

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