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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.

Seth & Betty Abrahamson Bible Study

Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The book of James by Francis Chan every Saturday @ 9:00 am in the Hawks Nest beginning February 3rd.

Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell

Dr. Sean McDowell

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.

Aaron Hayes

Aaron Hayes

Aaron Hayes

Aaron Hayes spent the last 16 years working with students as a coach, mentor, teacher, and pastor. He has a passion to see kids discover their dreams and passions through life-on-life mentoring relationships. Aaron and his wife, Sarah, have five rambunctious children from the ages of 5 to 22 and haven’t slept in ten years, but are still very happy. Currently, Aaron and his team are building a city-wide mentoring movement and creative hub called the Catalyst Center.

Saleim Kahleh

Saleim Kahleh

Saleim Kahleh

Saleim Kahleh was born and raised in a Muslim family. Though he was raised in the USA, he never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ until after his freshman year of college. This ignited his quest to find the Truth. Saleim’s journey is a testimony of the Faithfulness of the Living God. Saleim travels throughout the U.S. and the world so that all peoples may encounter the Goodness of God through Jesus Christ. You will be encouraged and challenged, and you may never be the same as you hear how one man is confronted with the Grace of God! Saleim and his beautiful bride live in Houston Texas, where they are enjoying their 6 amazing children (5-17 years).

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.

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.


Keith Neigenfind

Keith and his family are Church planting Missionaries in Thailand with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He and his wife, Sarah are Simpson Alumni. Currently they are home in San Diego on home assignment, and will return to Thailand in June.

Dan David

Dan David lived in the Middle East for 20 years working to love and serve Muslims in order to share the good news about Jesus with them. He and his wife spent their last 15 years in the Middle East living in the city of “The Street Called Straight” where they were leading a team to see disciple-making movements take place and raising a family. Dan’s passion is to see people connect with Jesus so that they can understand the heart of God and the story of His glory. Dan serves as a regional mobilizer for Frontiers and the vice president of Aslan Child Rescue Ministries. He has experienced a few mosh pits without serious injury.

John Ault

John Ault

Dr. John Ault

John has been serving the young men and women of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard for the last 12 years, and was a pastor in Indiana for 6 years before joining the Navy. He has loved the ability to serve those who are far from home, working and ministering side-by-side with some incredible young people who have done extraordinary things in service to our country.

In a ministry that is done in unique environments, whether on a submarine at the North Pole, a Cruiser in the Pacific, or the deserts of Kuwait, he has loved being able to live a life of service with those who need someone to walk with them through the ups and downs of life, often in extreme circumstance.

John has been married for 25 years to his lovely wife, Dotty, and has one son serving in the Navy and another in college. He loves to run, play guitar, and take long weekend hikes with his wife and their dog.

Jason Baugh

Jason Baugh

Jason Baugh

Originally from Sacramento, I attended Simpson from 1999-2003. I played soccer there, lived in Thompson-Mangham (represent!), played drums in one of the chapel worship bands, and served as the President of Student Senate. I graduated with a degree in Diversified Liberal Arts. I then moved to Tennessee, and received a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Tech University. I was a Middle School History teacher for 10 years. Now I serve as the Student Pastor at Life Church over our multiple campuses. My wife Stacie and I have been married for 12 years (FYI-we met at Simpson!), we have two daughters: Mackenzie and Callie. I am honored and excited to be able to come back and give back to a place that has given me so much.

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 spring of 2018 full-time undergraduate students are required to attend 18/28 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 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

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 spring we are excited to continue 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.

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. Please complete the application and indicate your desire to continue meeting (see application for instructions).

Chapelcast Audio Feed

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(Current semester podcasts will be made available to the public at the end of each semester. Thank you.)

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    An RSS or podcast feed allows people to access up-to-date information quickly and easily. decOur chapelcast feed gives users the ability to listen to our most current Chapel podcasts which contain audio clips of our twice weekly chapel messages without having to dig for them. People can subscribe to a RSS or podcast feed to receive automatic updates as soon as information is uploaded to the feed. An RSS reader or podcast software will be required to view or listen to our chapelcast feed.

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