Leadership That Serves

Leadership is a hot topic today. What makes a good leader? Jesus said, "You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the salve of everyone else." (Mark 10:42-44 NLT)

According to Jesus, Christians should lead in a radically different way than people in the surrounding culture. This quarter at Chapel, we will hear exciting testimonies from people who live out Christian leadership in many different sectors of society.

Chapel Schedule Winter 2018

Unless otherwise noted, Chapel takes place at 11:10 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Free Methodist Church, on Third Avenue across the street from Tiffany Loop.

Tuesday, January 9                   

Speaker: Rick Reynolds

Since 1994, Rev. Rick Reynolds has served as the Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch, a ministry dedicated to serving the poor and homeless in Seattle. He is an ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church, and prior to his current role, he served as a pastor in Seattle for 12 years. Rev. Reynolds graduated from SPU in 1975 and was our Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He is the author of Street Stories and blogs at seattlehomeless.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, January 16                    

Speaker: Sandra Richard Mayo (MLK Chapel)  

Sandra Richards Mayo is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Mayo was formerly an associate professor and director of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University. In her academic and administrative roles, Dr. Mayo has long focused on social justice, diversity, and equity. As SPU’s first VPDEI, she helps lead SPU’s ongoing efforts to reflect the Kingdom of God in this community, living out the call to be reconcilers, and respecting each person’s humanity and uniqueness. Worship will be led by Crystal Hairston, vocal music teacher specialist at Kings Elementary School.

Tuesday, January 23                    

Speaker: Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary. With years of experience as a pastor, non-profit leader, and mentor to leaders in business and other fields, he is deeply committed to serving leaders in the marketplace, education, government, non-profits, arts, family, and the church. Dr. Roberts earned a PhD in New Testament from Harvard University, has served as professor and a pastor, and is the author of eight books including Dare to Be True and Can We Trust the Gospels? He is the principal author of the daily devotional Life for Leaders and blogs at patheos.com

Tuesday, January 30                    

Speaker: Sharon Okamoto

Sharon Okamoto is the executive director and principal of Seattle Urban Academy, a private Christian high school that offers intensive academic, socio-emotional, spiritual, and career formation for at-risk youth. She is an alumna of SPU, having earned her education degrees and principal certification here. Okamoto has been awarded the Vision from the Mountaintop Award at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast and was recently honored at SPU’s 125th Gala.

Tuesday, February 6                     

Speaker: Robert McKenna

Rob McKenna is chair and associate professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at SPU. He has worked as an organizational development consultant to a variety of large and small organizations in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, and organizational change. He is the founder of WiLD Leaders and the author of Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World and Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure.

Tuesday, February 13                   

Speaker: Pat Thompson

Pat Thompson is the Executive Director of the YES Foundation of White Center.  The YES Foundation exists to address the social, economic, educational, physical, and spiritual needs of youth in the White Center area. By developing programs and partnering with other organizations, they provide youth with positive role models and powerful life experiences to encourage their hope and vision for the future.

Wednesday, February 14                  

Ash Wednesday Service

Tuesday, February 20                   

Speaker: Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown is assistant provost, professor of Psychology, and director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development at SPU. She is an experienced service-learning practitioner, has won awards for excellence in teaching from the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation fellowship, and authored numerous professional publications. Among her various duties at SPU, she works to develop leadership among faculty.

Tuesday, February 27                   

Speaker: William Barber

Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, is the president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, a non-partisan and not-for-profit organization that seeks to build a moral agenda to redeem the heart and soul of our country. He is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He is the author of several books including The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, and is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. With Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove, he will also teach a Seminar on Public Theology on February 27, 1:30 p.m., in Upper Gwinn.

Tuesday, March 6                    

Closing Communion Chapel and student testimonies

Each quarter, we gather as a Christian community around the Lord’s Table to receive holy communion. We will hear students share testimonies regarding the lessons on leadership they are learning from God. Offices will be closed.

Campus Ministries Staff

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This is not your standard “songs and sermon” program. Group is a holistic service, an immersion of the body, mind, and heart in the Christian story.