Baylor Welcomes April Chapel Speakers

April 1, 2008

Baylor University's department of University Ministries sponsors chapel in Waco Hall on Baylor's campus each Monday and Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. Guests for April include musicians, motivational speakers, pastors, and Baylor students.

Julie Merritt, a graduate of Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, will speak in chapel on April 2. Merritt is serving as a pastoral resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. She previously served as an interim associate pastor at Friedens United Church of Christ in Riesel and as pastoral associate at DaySpring Baptist Church in Waco.

The Baylor Religious Hour Choir will perform at chapel on April 7. The BRH choir has been a Baylor organization since 1948 and serves primarily as a ministry to Baylor's campus and churches in Texas. The choir also travels throughout the nation and the world for their annual mission trip. Previous trips have included destinations such as Taiwan, Mexico, France and Australia.

Ryan Richardson will lead in worship during Chapel on April 9. Richardson works in University Ministries as the director for youth programs and has led the worship team for chapel services at Baylor. Over the past 14 years, he has led worship and spoken at camps, retreats, and seminars around the world.

The Baylor Chamber of Commerce has planned a special chapel service for April 16 to celebrate the annual Diadeloso event. Each spring since 1934, students have been given a day off from classes to enjoy a break from classes and the warm weather with their friends and classmates. The day is planned so that students can compete in tournaments, enjoy entertainment, and just have fun and enjoy being a Baylor Bear.

Max Lucado will speak at chapel on April 21. Lucado is a best-selling Christian author and served as senior pastor for the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio for more than 20 years. Lucado has authored more than 50 books, many of which have been named to the New York Times Best Seller List. In 2005, Reader's Digest named him "America's Best Preacher." Lucado was also the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times.

Matt Cook, the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., will speak in chapel on April 23. Cook graduated from Samford University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in history. He recently graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary with a master's in divinity and is currently working on his doctorate degree in church history at Baylor.

Keith Cooper will perform in chapel on April 28. Cooper, a talented Christian guitar player, is using his talents and abilities to give back to God for all the blessings he has received. Cooper's latest album, "Sacred Dance," is described as "contemporary in nature, but classical in thought."

University Chaplain Burt Burleson will speak in chapel April 30 for the final chapel service of the school year. He is a 1980 Baylor alumnus and former pastor of Day Spring Baptist Church in Waco.

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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