Chapel Speakers

University chapel is open to the public, so anyone is welcome to join us. Chapel services are held Wednesday mornings at 10:40 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium the first 14 weeks of the 15-week semester.

Spring 2014 Speakers

Robin Baker

Robin Baker

Speaking date: Jan. 15 (10:40 a.m.); March 19 (10:40 a.m.)

Robin E. Baker, a historian and experienced university administrator, is the 12th president of George Fox University. Baker 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, Baker 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.

Sarah Thomas Baldwin

Sarah Thomas Baldwin

Speaking dates: Jan. 15 (7:30 p.m.); Feb. 5 (10:40 a.m.); Apr. 23 (7:30 p.m.)

Sarah Thomas Baldwin is in her seventh year as university pastor and dean of spiritual life at George Fox. Over the past 18 years, Sarah has served four different institutions of Christian higher education in a variety of leadership and teaching roles. Sarah recently completed a doctorate in ministry at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in leadership and the emerging culture. She is passionate about her work with the international urban poor as the U.S. chair of Word Made Flesh.

You can connect with Sarah via: sarahthomasbaldwin.blogspot.com, soulmidwife.blogspot.com, facebook.com/sarahthomasbaldwintwitter.com/sbaldwin

Rusty St. Cyr

Rusty St. Cyr

Speaking dates: Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m.); March 12 (7:30 p.m.)

Rusty St. Cyr serves as the director for spiritual formation at George Fox University. He is a grateful student of 22 years to Christ, a lucky husband of 12 years to Stephanie, a stoked dad to 2 year-old Ella Sophia and newly born Matea Frances, and owner of a Jack Russell Terrorist named "Woody" (a.k.a. "El Capitan").

After studying for a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies in Missouri, a master’s in teaching in California, and beginning seminary in Austin, Texas, Rusty continues his seminary studies at George Fox University in spiritual formation and Christian earth keeping.

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.

Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson

Speaking dates: Feb. 5 (7:30 p.m.); March 5 (7:30 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, social worker extraordinaire, and together they 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.

Check out his blog: christinthequakerchurch.wordpress.com.

Noel Castellanos

Noel Castellanos

Speaking date: Jan. 29

Noel has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. Noel was appointed to serve on President Obamaʼs Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the chief executive officer of CCDA.

Noel is the coauthor of A Heart for the Community and New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry, and has contributed to various other books and publications, including Deep Justice in a Broken World, A Heart for the City, and Crazy Enough to Care.

Khristi L. Adams

Khristi L. Adams

Speaking date: Feb. 26

Khristi is the associate campus pastor for preaching and spiritual programming at Azusa Pacific University. As an undergraduate at Temple University, she started her own campus ministry. After earning her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, she worked as the director of youth ministry at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. Khristi’s passions include urban youth studies, ethics and social justice.

When she is not preparing for sermons and juggling other responsibilities, Adams enjoys going to spin classes, eating Indian food, watching college basketball, and having drama television show marathons.

Alexia Salvatierra

Alexia Salvatierra

Speaking date: March 5 (10:40 a.m.)

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with over 30 years of experience in ecumenical, multi-faith and community ministry, community organizing and legislative advocacy. For over 11 years, she was the executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice—beginning as the director of CLUE in Los Angeles and then as the first CLUE-CA director. CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them.

Before working at CLUE, Alexia worked for social justice at a gang prevention program for at-risk immigrant youth in Fresno, a community computer center and an intergenerational community garden where the elderly taught at-risk youth to grow produce in Oakland as well as a collaborative of UC students. She has also worked over seas, training filipina women to be chaplains to their neighbors. She has been awarded the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice Award from CLUE LA, and the Prime Mover award from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

She recently published a book, Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World.

Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball

Speaking date: March 19 (7:30 p.m.) Video

Dan was born and raised in northeastern New Jersey and got his BS in landscape architecture from Colorado State University. Dan was a drummer in a rockabilly/punk band for many years and lived in London, England, for a year playing in the band.

After soul-searching in Israel and spending time at Multnomah and George Fox seminaries, Dan went into ministry. He currently oversees the Sunday gatherings and teaching as well as the missional aspects of the church. He is the author of We Like Jesus but not the Church, and Adventures in Churchland.

Axis

Axis

Speaking date: April 2

Axis is a 501c3 nonprofit that creatively educates hearts by questioning assumptions, interpreting media, and equipping communities to move from apathy to compassionate action. They want students to not only understand what they believe, but that what they believe affects every area of their lives. They want them to walk away knowing that it’s good to ask questions, and not just believe everything they hear. Our vision is to see communities worldwide proclaiming hope to restless generations.

Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura

Speaking date: April 9 (10:40 a.m.)

Makoto Fujimura is an artist, writer and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts.

Fujimura’s work is exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum. He is one of the first artists to paint live on stage at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra.

Mark Strong

Mark Strong

Speaking date: April 9 (7:30 p.m.)

Mark and his wife Marla are commited pastors who are in love with one another, their family, the church and most of all the Lord Jesus Christ. Mark and Marla Strong have been married for 24 years and have four children (Micah, Michelle, McKenzie and Myles). Shortly after they were married they became the pastors of Life Change Christian Center, and they have served as there as lead pastors for the last 20 years.

Justine Heigh

Justine Heigh

Speaking date: April 16 (10:40 a.m.)

Justine holds a PhD in consumer behavior, with a focus on narrative theory (how consumers use storytelling to narrate their experiences and make sense of their lives), and is a professor at George Fox University within the school's DBA, executive and full-time MBA programs.

Justine is highly engaged in the power of storytelling and consumer behavior, with a driving commitment to make a lasting difference in people’s lives. One of Justine’s projects is assisting first responders and schools related to people with autism, primarily through the power of story. Her concern for being involved in this project spans from firsthand experience as a parent of a severely autistic son, Daniel.

Jonalyn and Dale Fincher

Jonalyn and Dale Fincher

Speaking date: Feb. 19  Video

Jonalyn and Dale Fincher are a married speaking team, well-versed together on today's issues.

Jonalyn is a philosopher, wife and mother. She and her husband Dale travel nationally as a husband-wife speaking team with their nonprofit Soulation. With a double bachelors in literature and history from the University of Virginia and a masters in philosophy from Biola University, Jonalyn addresses audiences about God's plan to make humans more fully themselves. She is the author of Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home, and Jonalyn has been interviewed on issues of apologetics and sexuality by the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Christianity Today and BuzzFeed.

Dale is an outspoken introvert and Soulation’s visionary. Holding graduate degrees in philosophy and the performing arts, he has spoken by invitation extensively in North America and on four continents, at universities, conferences, churches, and special events.

After working three years with Ravi Zacharias, Dale founded Soulation with his wife, with a fresh vision for cultural-making with an emphasis to help the church and society become more appropriately human.

Aaron Hanson

Aaron Hanson

Speaking date: Feb. 12 (10:40 a.m.)

Aaron currently serves as pastor at Newberg Foursquare, “a community of believers committed to living out the mission of Jesus locally and globally.” Aaron has extensive experience teaching and preaching. He is passionate about building ministry teams, equipping disciples for Kingdom work, uncovering people’s passions and setting them on a course to be used in powerful ways.

He is married to Brianne, and has three children - Joseph, Jack and Sophia.

Esther Meek

Esther Meek

Speaking dates: March 12 (10:40 a.m.)

Esther L. Meek, PhD, is professor of philosophy at Geneva College and visiting professor of apologetics at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas.

A writer, teacher, speaker and conversationalist, Esther especially likes to think and talk about how we know (epistemology). That equates to talking about just about everything in life: identity, vocation, business, learning, research, parenting, Christian discipleship.

Born in Philadelphia, Esther attended Cedarville College (BA), Western Kentucky University (MA), Temple University (PhD), as well as studying at Westminster Theological Seminary and Covenant Theological Seminary.

Esther lives in Aliquippa, in western Pennsylvania, since relocating there in 2004 from St. Louis. In anticipation of the spiritual and structural restoration of this post-industrial town and its people, she supports Aliquippa’s Uncommon Grounds Café, and she serves on the board of Aliquippa Impact Ministries.

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