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Chapel convenes two times a week with required attendance by all full-time, traditional undergraduate students. Chapel is one place where our hearts and minds encounter God. It is designed to intentionally develop the life of our community through meaningful worship, Biblical and Spirit-breathed messages, and opportunities to share our spiritual journeys in a variety of formats.

The goal of Simpson University chapel is to assist students in their ability to:

  • 1. Form a personal response to issues facing them as 21st century Christians.
  • 2. Communicate the values of Simpson University as a Christ-centered learning community.
  • 3. Demonstrate their commitment to Christian community and their own spiritual growth.
  • 4. Engage, with sensitivity, persons who may be different from them culturally and spiritually.
  • 5. Identify opportunities to serve the world and the characteristics necessary to do so.

Chapel Theme

Our theme for the upcoming year will be "unKNOWN: God's Mystery Revealed in Christ" based out of Colossians 1:26-28.

God is bigger than we can fathom. God is beyond our comprehension and certainly can't be boxed and broken down. As God said, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." There are things about God that we will never understand. And yet....

Paul tells us in Colossians that:

"...the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."

God has played His hand. God has revealed to us His glorious plan and how he reaches out to us, even in our utter incapability to grasp who He is. He is incomprehensible and yet wants us to know Him. God is beyond us, yet made a way for us to catch a glimpse (and what a beautiful glimpse!) of His goodness and grace. This has changed everything.

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Fall Chapel Schedule

Fall Chapel Schedule

UNITE Chapel

Monday 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Prayer Chapel

The UNITE chapel is an intimate environment to connect and engage with our community through worship, story, and prayer in order to grow in our knowledge of God, ourselves, and one another.

This time is crafted for students by students.

Students can receive chapel attendance for being at UNITE.

Travis Osborne

Travis Osborne is a pastor at Neighborhood Church in Redding and LOVES Simpson University! He has two degrees from Simpson: Youth Ministry (1995) and a Master of Divinity (2015). After serving for 13 years as a youth pastor, he served as the Campus Pastor at Simpson for seven years. He wakes up each morning to point others to Jesus and a deeper walk with the Living God. He loves volleyball, wearing tight pants, and riding his 1982 Schwinn 10-speed bicycle around town simply to avoid paying for gas.

Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle is the Founder and President of Maven Truth. He is passionate about seeing students and adults “transformed by the renewing of their minds.” Brett has more than 18 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. A dynamic communicator who engages both heart and mind, Brett speaks to thousands of students and adults at churches, conferences, and college campuses across the country. Brett has participated in debates and public forums on secular university campuses, and he is a regular speaker at the Evangelical Philosophical Society’s annual apologetics conference. In addition, Brett was a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, has a chapter on truth in Apologetics for a New Generation, and wrote the Ambassador’s Guide to Mormonism. He spent 11 of those years as a pastor to students and young adults at Chino Valley Community Church in Southern California and Creekside Church in Colorado.

R. York Moore

R. York Moore

R. York Moore

R. York Moore serves as National Evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. He is the author of Growing Your Faith by Giving it Away and Making All Things New: God’s Dream for Global Justice. Moore is a frequently sought-after speaker and modern-day abolitionist. Through the Price of Life anti-trafficking movement York founded, he has been able to mobilize hundreds of thousands of Americans to passionately and practically engage the issue of the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Working widely with political leaders, business elite, communities and international non-governmental agencies, R. York Moore has been able to help forward the cause of front-line organizations in their work to fight human trafficking.

David & Aleah Nishizaki

David & Aleah Nishizaki

David & Aleah Nishizaki

David and his wife Aleah are International Workers with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. They are the Site Coordinators for Envision Mexico which is based in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. They have been married for six and half years, they don’t have kids, but do have a dog. And they’re both passionate about excellence in international missions work.

Tim Meier

Tim Meier

Tim Meier

Dr. Tim Meier (D.Min, Alliance Theological Seminary) serves as the Director of Envision providing oversight for the Envision office team in Colorado Springs as well as 20+ sites and teams around the world leading ministries. Tim and his wife Rachel have been married for 15 years and served in New Jersey and Paris, France in pastoral and mission ministry. Tim loves to play with his two boys, eat sushi, watch Cleveland sports, and go for runs on the beautiful Colorado trails.

Melissa MacDonald

Melissa MacDonald

Melissa MacDonald

Passionate about children’s ministries Melissa J. MacDonald is a published author, in demand speaker, and a children’s ministry innovator. As the national Children’s Disciplemaking Ministries Consultant for the C&MA Melissa spends her time training, coaching, speaking, equipping, and consulting with churches and districts both in the US and abroad. Melissa loves everything about children’s ministry except for stale cheerios and cranky volunteers.

Because of the important contribution chapel makes to the student’s educational and spiritual experience, full-time students (12+ semester hours) and all resident students are required to attend 66% of the Wednesday / Friday chapels during each semester. For the fall of 2017 full-time undergraduate students are required to attend 17/25 chapels. To receive attendance for chapel, each student must scan their ID card with the chapel scanners no later than 10 minutes after the beginning of chapel, be present for the entire chapel service, give full attention to the chapel program, and scan out when chapel has ended. To monitor personal attendance records, students can visit the Simpson Moodle website.

Since chapel attendance is considered a distinction of a Christian university, students whose chapel attendance falls below the 66% requirement in any one semester risk receiving a chapel warning, probation, or ultimately suspension from Simpson University. Please see the Simpson University Traditional Undergraduate Handbook at simpsonu.edu/handbook for further explanations of the chapel code.

We understand that some students, due to extreme circumstances, may not be able to attend chapel at the 10:20 am hour. Contact the Spiritual Formation Office for information regarding a chapel attendance alternative. If you have questions or concerns regarding missing chapel attendances please contact chapelassistant@simpsonu.edu.

Chapel is a valued part of a student’s educational experience at Simpson University. More than a week-day version of church, it is an important place for information and transformation associated with living out the Christian life. It is where “our hearts and minds encounter God.” This is why Simpson University has an attendance requirement for full-time students (66% of chapels) and why chapel attendance alternatives are granted for extreme cases only. Click the link below to see the requirements for alternative chapel. All alternative chaple requests need to be submitted by September 30.

Petition for Alternative Chapel Attendance (PDF)

Spiritual Mentorship

This fall we are excited to be piloting a spiritual mentorship program for Simpson University undergraduate students! We want our students to grow and step into Christian maturity and we need your help to make this happen.

Mission: To be a source of companionship and wisdom in the lives of students as they journey towards Jesus Christ. Walk with them through:

  • Growth in their awareness of what Christ is doing their life and how to draw closer to Him.
  • Transition to and from their home life and life at Simpson University /Redding.
  • As they prepare and pursue their vocational calling and service in the world.

Who can be a mentor?
As we pilot this program, we are inviting staff, faculty, alumni, and Tozer Seminary students to participate as mentors.

Who can be a mentee?
Full-time undergraduate students can apply to receive a mentor. The Spiritual Formation Department will match each student with a mentor in the first month of each semester. Each mentee will be able to receive up to 5 chapel “attendances” for engagement and proof of meeting.

What will this require?
Students will apply for a mentor within the first two weeks of classes.

To get the most out of this experience, mentors/mentees can meet weekly to get to know one another. A primary goal during these meetings will be to discern where God is moving in the life of the mentee. We asking each mentor 30-60 minutes for a minimum of 6 weeks in the same semester (September – December; January-April). Preferably 10 consecutive weekly meetings.

Each mentor/mentee relationship will be on a semester-by-semester basis. If a mentor and a mentee would like to continue meeting for a second semester, that will be fine.

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