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 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium.

Spring 2015 Speakers

Robin Baker

Robin Baker

Jan. 13 (10:50 a.m.)

Robin 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 and 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. He is an avid runner, having played basketball in college and been an all-state athlete in high school.

Jaime Noling Auth

Jamie Noling-Auth

Jan. 14 (7 p.m.)

Jamie Noling-Auth is the 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.

Jamie’s areas of academic interest are discipleship, spiritual formation, women's studies and the gospels. She 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.

Ed Barron

Ed Barron

Jan. 20 (10:50 a.m.)

Ed Barron is the executive director of multi-ethnic programs at Azusa Pacific University – a position he’s held for five years. He earned a master’s degree from Azusa in organizational leadership, served as a senior and administrative pastor at Abundant Life Family Church, and worked as the VP of Promise Keepers before coming back to APU.

Previously, he experimented with being an aerospace engineer, church planter, radio show host and teacher. He has a passion for racial reconciliation and overcoming cultural and racial barriers.

Rusty St Cyr

Rusty St. Cyr

Jan. 21 (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 and 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.

Nijay Gupta

Jamie Johnson

Jan. 28 (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 at George Fox. 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 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. He is a huge fan of the Portland Timbers, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Steve Sherwood

Steve Sherwood

Feb. 4 (7 p.m.)

Steve Sherwood came to George Fox University in 2004, initially teaching in a half-time capacity as the director of the university's partnership with Young Life. Beginning in 2012, Steve joined the religious studies department as a full-time faculty member.

In addition to his partnership with Young Life (which still retains close ties with George Fox University), Steve’s 26-year background in youth ministry enables him to engage students in a variety of academic and community settings, teaching courses on youth ministry and the Bible. Prior to coming to the university, Steve spent 16 years coaching high school track and cross country, and he is still a great enthusiast for these sports. His wife Elizabeth, also a Fuller Seminary graduate, serves on the pastoral staff of Newberg Friends Church, and they have two daughters.

Andy Crouch

Feb. 10 (10:50 a.m.)

Sarah Baldwin

Andy Crouch is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling won Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and was named one of the best books of 2008 by the publications Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership.

In December 2012 he became executive editor of Christianity Today. He was also executive producer of “This Is Our City,” a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities.

Sarah Baldwin

Sarah Baldwin

Feb. 11 (7 p.m.)

Sarah Baldwin is the VP for student development at Asbury and served previously as university pastor and dean of spiritual life at George Fox. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Asbury, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (2001) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary (2013).

Her teaching experience includes courses in spiritual formation, religious studies and Christian ministries, among others, and she is a licensed pastor in the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Evangelical Friends. In addition to her work in an academic setting, Sarah serves as chair of the international board of directors of Word Made Flesh, a nonprofit organization that seeks to serve among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. She is married to Clint Baldwin, who formerly served as director of the Center of Peace and Justice at George Fox University. They have two children: Madie and Kai.

Allison Vesterfelt

Allison Vesterfelt

Feb. 17 (10:50 a.m.)

Allison Vesterfelt is the cofounder of Prodigal Magazine and author of Packing Light, a book about learning to live with less, in which she writes about her journey to becoming a full-time author, the challenges of uncovering and maintaining a vocation she loves, and how she discovered her own unique voice through the art of writing. She lives in Nashville, Tenn., with her husband Darrell.

Jason Fileta

Feb. 24 (10:50 a.m.)

Jason Felta

Jason Fileta grew up in Wheaton, Ill., the son of Egyptian immigrants. The plight of the persecuted church in Egypt compelled him to commit his life to fighting for a more just world. After graduation from Calvin College with a BA in sociology and International Development he was chosen as a delegate to the G8 Summit in Scotland. The delegates advocated to leaders for debt cancellation for impoverished nations, fair trade policies, and increased aid. This helped launch his career in advocacy focused on ending extreme poverty. He is the director of Micah Challenge USA, a church-based movement committed to ending extreme poverty through advocacy, prayer and living justly. 

In 2014 Jason edited and contributed to a book titled Live Justly, and subsequently launched a small publishing company Lion and Lamb Publishing LLC that donates 90% of profits to organizations advocating for justice. Jason serves on the board of Communities first Association—a professional association for Christian community developers.

When Jason isn’t scheming for justice his other passions include bicycles, sandwiches, and Louis L’amour novels. He lives in Portland with his wife Sarah, their daughter Eden, son Nash, dog Swede, and cats Kizzy and Oscar.

Terra MattsonJeff Mattson

Jeff and Terra Mattson

Feb. 25 (7 p.m.)

Living Wholehearted founders Jeff and Terra Mattson are passionate about living lives that reflect integrity, healing and authenticity. They met in 1998 at Seattle Pacific University, where they first began to hone their skills and passion for leadership and relationships.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and has experience as a leader in start-up companies, family and corporate businesses, marketing and customer service, church ministries and higher education. The variety in his background lends to a wealth of knowledge and real-life experiences that have shaped the person he is and the clients he serves.

Terra holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from George Fox University. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. For the last nine years, she has run a thriving private practice while presenting to women, couples and leaders in various settings, including the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference (2009, 2011). She is the clinical director for Living Wholehearted Counseling and is an adjunct professor with George Fox University’s Graduate School of Counseling. She has previous experience in community mental health, human resources and pastoral/church ministries.

Jeff and Terra live outside Portland with their two daughters. In their spare time, they love adventures in the great outdoors, including fly-fishing, camping and outdoor movies. Jeff is a singer/songwriter and Terra enjoys painting and good conversation alongside a gooey caramel latte. Some of their favorite authors include Henri Nouwen, Dietrich Bonheoffer and C.S. Lewis.

Mike Arzie

Mike Arzie

March 3 (10:50 a.m.)

Mike Arzie started his career with Southwest Bible Church with a 16-month internship as the “high school youth guy” before taking the title of pastor of student ministries, leading middle school, high school and college groups. He currently focuses on high school groups. In 2014, Mike’s roll expanded to include overseeing a great team of people who serve in the Southwest Kids Ministries. He is a member of the Sunday evenings preaching team and regularly officiates weddings, as his former students move on to successful relationships.

In what little free time he has, Mike loves watching the Yankees and tinkering with technological gadgets of all kinds. Mike came to the Lord during his freshman year at George Fox University. It was also during this year that he met his future wife, Jill (Schiewe) Arzie. They now have three kids: Caleb, Ellie and Owen.

Jean Cherry

Jean Chery

March 10 (10:50 a.m.)

When Jean Chery was a young man, he found that he may not be able to attend school, but through being sponsored by Compassion in Haiti, he was able to complete both primary and secondary school, while learning about the hope found in Jesus Christ. In addition to English, he speaks Haitian Creole and French fluently and has received bachelor and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering as well as a second masters in engineering management.

Jean also obtained an MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Seminary and is now an ordained minister. He currently works as a biomedical engineer for a medical device company to support his family and ministry and one day hopes to obtain his PhD. Jean is very passionate about his home country of Haiti, and his heart is to see his country lifted from the grips of poverty. He is committed to investing in and educating the next generation of Haitian leaders and works with Compassion to make that possible.

Guy Chmieleski

March 11 (7 p.m.)

Guy Chmeileski

Guy Chmieleski came from Pepperdine University to become the university minister at Belmont University in September 2005. He received a bachelor's degree in youth ministry from Bethel University in 1997. He earned his master of ministry degree in 2000 from Palm Beach Atlantic University, while serving as the coordinator for campus ministry for the college. In 2005, he earned his doctorate of ministry in spiritual formation and leadership development from George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

Guy served as a pastor for youth, young adults and singles at a church in south Florida, as well as the coordinator of missions and outreach at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. Guy currently enjoys participating in triathlons and playing golf in his spare time. He and his wife, Heather, have five children.

Kate Wallace

April 7 (10:50 a.m.)

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace is a cofounder of The Junia Project, an online community of women and men advocating for the inclusion of women at all levels of leadership in the evangelical Christian church; operations manager for the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium; coordinator for the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium Freedom Network; and an adjunct professor in political science.

She is a committed Christian and millennial feminist who enjoys studying the intersection of politics, religion and gender. Her favorite theologian is Gilbert Bilezikian, and she loves chocolate, dogs, hiking, J.K Rowling, theatre and political theory. She holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Brad Lau

April 8 (7 p.m.)

Brad Lau

Currently the vice president of student life at George Fox University, Brad Lau earned two master’s degrees before he earned his doctorate in education from Temple University. He loves bookstores, specifically books written by J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings movies. He’s also an avid Denver Broncos fan and loves tennis, theology and learning about other cultures. He’s married with three daughters, two dogs and a cat.

Leroy Barber

April 14 (10:50 a.m.)

Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 20 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism and living what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the beloved community.” Leroy is currently the global executive director of Word Made Flesh, an international organization that works among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.

Rev. Barber is on the boards of Mission Year and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). He is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community and Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World. He was also chosen as a contributor to Tending to Eden and the groundbreaking book UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters. His third book – Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White: Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight? – was published last fall.