Chapel at SPU

Chapel Schedule: Autumn Quarter 2021

Tuesdays at 11:10 a.m., Upper Gwinn Commons

Join us for Chapel this fall as we return to masked, in-person worship services!

We will be engaging as a community with Jesus’ teaching through the parables, allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us individually and corporately through these powerful questions and stories.

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Lisa Ishihara


Chaplain Lisa Ishihara
University Chaplain

Message: “New Wineskins”

This first Chapel of Autumn Quarter 2021 is an All University Chapel, and will kick off our Autumn Quarter series on the Christ’s Parables.

Dominique Gilliard


Rev. Dominique Gilliard
Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation

Message: “Subversive Witness”

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). His book, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, won the 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press. His latest book Subversive Witness (Zondervan, 2021) was released in August 2021. Gilliard is an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary, and he serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, The Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”

Interim President Peter Menjares


Dr. Pete Menjares; Chaplain Lisa Ishihara; Laur Lugos
University Interim President; University Chaplain; ASSP President

For Chapel in this third week of Autumn Quarter, Chaplain Lisa will facilitate a conversation with two important campus leaders — Interim President Pete Menjares and ASSP president Laur Lugos.

Kelsey Rorem


Kelsey Rorem
Associate Chaplain

Message: “Life in Community”

As we enter Week 4 of Autumn Quarter, Rev. Kelsey will invite us into reflection on the role of community in the life of faith, in correlation with SPU’s 20th annual Day of Common Learning.


Speaker TBD

Message: “Indigenous Peoples Day”

In this second All University Chapel of the year, we will partner with SPU’s Land Recognition Committee to honor Indigenous Peoples Day.


Rev. Scott Gronzholz
Youth Pastor, Beloved Arise

Beloved Arise is the first national organization dedicated primarily to empowering youth to proudly embrace both their faith and queer identity.


Rev. Dr. Brian Lugioyo
Dean of the School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary

In July 2021, Rev. Dr. Brian Lugioyo came to Seattle Pacific from Azusa Pacific University, where he was a professor of theology and ethics. He is the author of Martin Bucer’s Doctrine of Justification (Oxford University Press, 2010), co-editor of Reconsidering the Relationship between Biblical and Systematic Theology in the New Testament: Essays by Theologians and New Testament Scholars (Mohr Siebeck, 2014). Cuban-America, he is from a family of Presbyterian ministers and theologians and an elder in the Free Methodist Church.


Rev. Zac Calvo
Associate Pastor of Community and Youth

Rev. Zac Calvo is on staff at Northminster Presbyterian Church in north Ballard, where he leads youth and Sunday school classes, and supports NPC’s connection with the community and neighborhood. 


Rev. Victoria Carr-Ware
Ecumenical and Multifaith Campus Minister, Seattle University

From New York City, Rev. Carr-Ware earned her MDiv with an emphasis on psychiatry and religion from Union Theological Seminary. She then completed a chaplain residency at Veterans Affairs in NYC, where she ministered to patients with mental illness. Most recently, she served as a chaplain fellow at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, providing spiritual care for diverse patients, family, and staff.   

Demaray clock tower


Thanksgiving Reflections
SPU Student testimonies

In this All University Chapel and final Chapel of Autumn Quarter, we’ll hear from students who will share how God has worked in their lives. 

Campus Ministries Staff

From spiritual formation, to pastoral care, to gathering in worship, the Campus Ministries staff are talented and compassionate in their ministry roles.

Join Us Wednesday Nights for Group

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.