Chapel Speakers

University chapel is open to the public, so anyone is welcome to join us. Chapel services are held Tuesday mornings at 10:50 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium the first 14 weeks of the 15-week semester.

Fall 2014 Speakers

Jamie Noling-Auth

Jamie Noling-Auth

Speaking dates: Aug. 27; Sept. 3; Oct. 1; Oct. 29; Dec. 3 (7 p.m.)

Jamie Noling-Auth is the new university pastor and dean of spiritual life, inclusion and leadership at George Fox University. Before her recent move to Oregon, Jamie served as one of Azusa Pacific University's associate campus pastors for nine years and as an adjunct professor for APU's School of Theology. She earned her doctor of ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, her MA in theology at Fuller Seminary, and her BA in communication at Pepperdine.

Her areas of academic interest are discipleship, spiritual formation, women's studies and the gospels. Jamie and her husband John are parents to two little boys, 2-year-old Andrew and baby Luke. In her free time, Jamie loves to travel, swim, read and have great conversation over a good cup of coffee.

Robin Baker

Robin Baker

Speaking date: Sept. 2; Dec. 2 (10:50 a.m.)

Robin E. Baker, a historian and experienced university administrator, is the 12th president of George Fox University. He completed a doctorate in history with honors at Texas A&M University in 1989. He was named outstanding graduating student at Hardin-Simmons University, where he earned his master's degree in history in 1982. He earned his undergraduate degree with high honors from Grand Canyon University in 1980.

In addition to his work in political history, Robin speaks frequently on the integration of faith and learning in the Christian university and he has a special interest in the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Sarita Gallagher

Sarita Gallagher

Speaking dates: Sept. 9 (10:50 a.m.)

Sarita D. Gallagher joined the Department of Christian Studies in 2010. Before coming to George Fox, Sarita taught courses in missiology, biblical studies, intercultural communication, and anthropology at Azusa Pacific University (2006–2010), the World Missions Faith Training School (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2004–2005), and Tabor College (Adelaide, Australia, 2003).

Sarita also taught courses in English as a Second Language at Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia, 2003, 2005), and World Relief International (Wheaton, Ill., 2002). Sarita has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Oceania and Asia, and served on the mission field with CRC Churches International in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and Adelaide, Australia. 

Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson

Speaking dates: Sept. 10; Oct. 22; Nov. 5 (7 p.m.)

Jamie Johnson is the associate pastor of Christian leadership, director of the Friends Leadership Program and an adjunct professor of religious studies. A George Fox graduate, he has studied church history (MA) and Christian education (PhD) and hungers to learn more about what it means for individuals and communities to follow Jesus in every aspect of life.

He is married to Erin, a faculty member in the social work program, and together Erin and Jamie spend much of their energy chasing around their three children - and loving it! In his spare time, Jamie enjoys leading worship, running, reading, and watching, coaching and playing sports. He is a huge fan of the Portland Timbers, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. 

Maco Hamilton

Maco Hamilton

Speaking date: Sept. 16 (10:50 a.m)

A 2001 graduate of Eastern Oregon in business administration management, Maco worked as a multicultural youth outreach coordinator and student advocate at Mountain View (2001-06) and as a guidance counselor at Ridgefield (2006-07) and Union (2007-13) high schools before arriving at George Fox as the men’s head basketball coach in 2013. He earned his masters in education from City University in Vancouver in 2006.

Maco serves on the board of Courts for Kids, a nonprofit organization that sends sports teams to economically disadvantaged areas where they partner with local organizations to build courts for use by youth. He has joined Courts for Kids trips to the Philippines, Uganda and Costa Rica. This past spring, he joined a U.S. Department of State-funded trip to lead a coaches' clinic in Uganda, where he worked with more than 200 coaches. In 2001, he played on an Athletes in Action basketball team that traveled through Kenya playing professional teams.

Rusty St Cyr

Rusty St. Cyr

Speaking dates: Sept. 17; Oct. 8; Nov. 19 (7 p.m.)

Rusty St. Cyr serves as the director for spiritual formation at George Fox University. He is a grateful student of more than 20 years to Christ, a lucky husband of 13 years to Stephanie, a stoked dad to Ella Sophia and baby Matea Frances, and owner of a Jack Russell Terrorist named "Woody" (a.k.a. "El Capitan").

Rusty came to the spiritual life team at Fox in 2009 after 10 years of student ministry in Springfield, Mo., Inverness, Scotland, Santa Cruz, Calif., as well as serving as director for spiritual formation at Bethany University near Santa Cruz, Calif. Along with all of this, Rusty is also thankful to experience playing all kinds of drums to music, for stand-up paddling and surfing waves, for opportunities to love and learn from people of other cultures, for reconciliation, for the Shalom-growing principle that we are blessed in order TO BE a blessing, and, of course, for Spinach smoothies.

Charlie Self

Charlie Self

Speaking date: Sept. 23 (10:50 a.m.)

"For 30 years I have answered God’s calling to encourage, equip and empower people to fulfill their destiny in Christ. I believe that accurate assessment of the past united with Spirit-inspired aspirations for the future create a transformational present where we ‘live the future now.’ When intimacy with Christ and personal integrity are united with community intercession and insight, the impact for the Kingdom is profound."

Nijay Gupta

Nijay Gupta

Speaking date: Sept. 24 (7:30 p.m.)

Nijay Gupta joined George Fox Evangelical Seminary this fall as an assistant professor of New Testament. His recent teaching assignments have taken him to Northeastern Seminary in New York, where he served as an assistant professor of biblical theology and exegesis (2013-14); Eastern University in Pennsylvania, where he was a visiting assistant professor of biblical studies (2012-13); and Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he was a visiting professor of biblical studies (2010-12). 

At George Fox, Nijay teaches New Testament, Greek and spiritual formation and also advises students in the doctor of ministry program. He also blogs on theology and biblical studies at cruxsolablog.com. Nijay holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Durham (2009), master’s degrees in theology (2005) and divinity (2004) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (2001). 

Jon Huckins

Jon Huckins 

Speaking date: Sept. 30 (10:50 a.m.) and Shalom

Jon Huckins is a veteran youth pastor and public school teacher who is now on staff with Nieucommunities, a collective of missional church communities who foster leadership and community development. After much international travel and study in the Middle East, Jon focuses much of his writing and graduate studies at Fuller Seminary on ethics and social advocacy. Further, Jon is the author of Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling: Creating Fictional Stories that Illuminate the Message of Jesus, writes for Youth Specialties and loves to tell and live out new stories with teenagers. He lives in San Diego with his wife Jan, daughter and three-legged dog.

John Mark

John Mark Comer (Love-ology)

Speaking date: Oct. 3

John Mark Comer is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown: A Jesus Church, right in the center of the city (by Powell's Books if you've ever been to Portland). The church is a part of a family of churches spread across the greater Portland area. “We have this saying – ‘In Portland as it is in heaven’ – that basically sums up what we're all about,” he says. He’s also the author of a couple books: My name is Hope: anxiety, depression, and life after melancholy, and Loveology: God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the never-ending story of male and female, with Zondervan.

Sarah Thebarge

Sarah Thebarge

Speaking date: Oct. 7 (10:50 a.m.) 

Sarah Thebarge is a speaker and author who grew up as a pastor’s kid in Lancaster, Pa. She earned a master’s degree in medical science from Yale School of Medicine and was studying journalism at Columbia University when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. Her writing has appeared in Just Between Us, Relevant and Christianity Today. Her blog was featured on MSNBC.com. She has spoken at Donald Miller’s Storyline conference, women’s retreats, and other venues. She was voted one of 40 Women Under 40 who are challenging taboos of the Christian faith.

Rick McKinley

Rick McKinley 

Speaking date: Oct. 14 (10:50 a.m.)

Rick McKinley serves as lead pastor at Imago Dei in Portland. He and his wife Jeanne moved to Portland to plant Imago Dei Community with 8-year-old twins, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old. Today, besides his pastoral and preaching duties with Imago, Rick travels widely to share local movements like Advent Conspiracy with the broader church. He also serves as faculty at Multnomah Seminary. His books include Jesus in the MarginsAdvent ConspiracyThis Beautiful Mess, and A Kingdom Called Desire. Rick and Jeanne enjoy spending time with their kids and thanking God for all he has done and continues to do in the community.

John Mark McMillan

John Mark McMillan 

Performance Date: Oct. 15 (7 p.m.)

John Mark McMillan's music career was launched in 2005 with his album, The Song Inside The Sounds of Breaking Down. “With a cracking voice and soaring, fuzzed-out amplification, McMillan stands out as a true worship pioneer,” says Relevant magazine of the three-time GMA Dove Award nominee for “New Artist of the Year,” “Worship Song of the Year” and “Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year.” For those following the North Carolina-based songwriter’s steady rise as an artist, McMillan is hailed for his concise, poetic and often “raw” lyrics, with roots in Dylan, Kerouac and Springsteen, but haunted by the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Christian Cleavland

Christena Cleveland 

Speaking date: Oct. 21 (10:50 a.m.)

Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for overcoming cultural divisions in groups. Drawing from a vast body of research, she uncovers the underlying processes that affect relationships within and between groups and helps leaders understand how to promote an appreciation for diversity and build effective collaborations with diverse groups. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us ApartLeadership Journal Book Award winner.

Todd Hall

Todd Hall

Speaking dates: Oct 28 (10:50 a.m.)

My goal is to help you connect to the work you love and the people you serve.

Years of university research, teaching, and application in the real world have convinced me it’s not about status. It’s about doing what you love, and loving others while you do it. And we all need some help to get there!

Every leader faces the challenge of employees who are not fully engaged, resulting in inconsistent performance and low morale. When team members are connected to the work they love and the people they serve, the become energized in their work.

I love helping leaders develop positive work relationships, gain a deeper sense of meaning in their work, and achieve consistently high performance.

Eugene Cho

Eugene Cho

Speaking dates: Nov. 11 (10:50 p.m.)

Eugene Cho is the founder and lead pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle – as well as founder and executive director of the Q Café, an innovative nonprofit community café and music venue.

He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW)– “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.”

Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence

Speaking dates: Nov. 12 (7 p.m.)

Michael and Adrienne Lawrence have five children and began their ministry at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland in September 2010. Michael came to faith at an early age, but never understood that the Christian life was more than salvation until he was introduced to the InterVarsity campus ministry at Duke University.

After their marriage in 1990, both Michael and Adrienne earned their MDiv degrees at Gordon-Conwell, and then Michael earned his PhD from Cambridge University in 2002. He later worked at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. as associate pastor for more than eight years. Michael loves books more than food and enjoys an eclectic mix of music. He and his family ride bikes everywhere and love outdoor activities.

Scott Brosius

Scott Brosius

Speaking Date: Nov. 18 (10:50 a.m.) 

Scott Brosius enters his seventh year as Linfield head baseball coach. During his first six seasons, Scott has compiled a 200-72 win-loss record while leading the Wildcats to a national championship, three regional titles and four Northwest Conference crowns. His 200th career victory was earned in the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Finals, which gave the Wildcats their first national title in baseball since the school joined the NCAA.

In 2008, he led Linfield to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Finals and also guided the Wildcats to third place at the 2010 NCAA championship tournament. He was selected as the West Region Coach of the Year in 2013 and as the NWC Coach of the Year in 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2008.

Prior to his coaching career, Scott played major league baseball for 11 years with the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees, earning World Series MVP honors with the latter in 1998.

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