Chapel at Simpson University is geared to intentionally develop the life of our community through meaningful worship, inspirational messages, and opportunities to share our spiritual journeys. It is a central part of our life together. Chapel normally convenes twice a week (Wednesday and Friday from 10:20 -11:20 a.m.) providing opportunity for community worship. Because of the important contribution that chapel makes to each student’s education and spiritual formation, full-time students are required to attend 66 percent of the chapel services offered each semester.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 January 31.
Chapelcast Audio Feed
(Current semester podcasts will be made available to the public at the end of each semester. Thank you.)