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Chapel is a weekly campus wide worship service that typically meets on Tuesday mornings at 11:10am in the sanctuary of First Free Methodist Church. This service provides a space for all members of the SPU community (students, faculty, and staff) to worship and learn the Christian story together.

Services consist of corporate worship through song, scripture reading, prayer, and a sermon or testimony by a special guest. Each year we explore the Scriptures and our Christian faith from a variety of perspectives, drawing on the expertise of our own campus community as well as representatives from the larger global Christian community.

Gather is an Associated Students of Seattle Pacific ministry team consisting of artists and musicians that help facilitate worship for the SPU community.  The team primarily serves during the weekly Tuesday morning Chapel service, but can be seen around campus in a vareity of contexts providing music and art for various worship gatherings throughout the year.

Ways to Connect:

  • Meet the 2014-2015 Gather Ministry Team.
  • You can follow Gather on social media at Instagram.
  • If you would like to submit a prayer request, email us here.
  • If you are interested in serving alongside the 2015-2016 Gather Ministry Team, email us here.


Autumn 2015 - "Sabbath"

Tuesdays, 11:10am, First Free Methodist Church Sanctuary (unless otherwise noted)




Tue, 09/29

Ed Smyth

Professor of Educational Ministry

Dr. C. Edward Smyth first joined the SPU School of Theology Faculty in 1975 and was on staff until 1985. He was appointed director of church relations for SPU and worked in that area of development until 1992, when he resigned from SPU to join East Gates Ministries International as executive vice president in charge of development and discipleship training programs throughout China. He was invited to rejoin Seattle Pacific and returned to the faculty of the School of Theology in 2000 to teach in the area of educational ministry, a focus he continues today.

Tue, 10/06

Bo Lim

University Chaplain


Dr. Bo Lim was born in Seoul, Korea, immigrated to the U.S. as a child, and grew up in San Francisco. He studied English Literature at UCLA, and went on complete his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is author of The ‘Way of the LORD’ in the Book of Isaiah (T & T Clark, 2010), has written SPU's Lectio commentary on the Book of Isaiah, and, with Daniel Castelo, has written a commentary on the Book of Hosea (Eerdmans, forthcoming). From 2006-14 he served as a professor within the School of Theology, where he taught UFND courses and Bible electives, and served as a faculty advisor to the Asian American Ministry Program. Bo brings a love for the church and university, and a conviction for the need of their gospel witness in the world to this role of University Chaplain.
Tue, 10/13

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.  She is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times Bestselling theological memoir, Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho 2013). Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine and Nadia has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast and on CNN.
Tue, 10/20

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Director of School for Conversion

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.  In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Tue, 10/27


April Yamasaki

Author and Pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church

April Yamasaki is an author and pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  Her website features weekly articles on everyday acts of faith, like choosing faith instead of worry, finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest, how to pray on difficult days, and other articles on practical Christian spirituality.

Tue, 11/03

Sara Koenig

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Sara Koenig majored in educational ministries at Seattle Pacific University because at that time in her life, she planned to be a youth pastor. But after a full-time, year-long internship in youth ministry, she entered Princeton Theological Seminary less convinced about her previous plans. At PTS, she fell in love with Old Testament studies, so much so that she decided to pursue a PhD in the Old Testament. Whenever she was asked what she wanted to do with her PhD, she said she wanted to teach at a college like the one she attended, never assuming that she would end up at that exact place. She joined the faculty of SPU as an adjunct professor in the fall of 2002, and became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2003.

Tue, 11/10

Rod Stiling

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Rodney L. Stiling earned a BA in History at the University of California-Los Angeles, a ThM in Historical Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, and a MA and PhD in Historical Science at the University of Wisconcin-Madison.  His research interests include history of geology, science and religion and science in America.

Tue, 11/17


Jeff Van Duzer

University Provost

Dr. Van Duzer earned an undergraduate degree in rhetoric in 1976 from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned his JD from Yale Law School in 1979. Prior to his tenure at SPU, Dr. Van Duzer was a partner with the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, where he practiced for more than 20 years. He concentrated his practice in commercial finance and natural resources. While at the firm, he served for nearly a decade on its Executive Committee and served as the partner in charge of its largest office. Before becoming provost, Dr. Van Duzer served as dean of the SPU School of Business and Economics, and as professor of business ethics and business law. Under his leadership, the School opened its Center for Integrity in Business, launched the annual Social Venture Plan Competition, began an innovative new graduate program focused on social and sustainable business, secured its largest-ever gift, and grew its faculty.
Tue, 11/24

Thanksgiving Chapel

This closed campus service, hosted by the Office of Christian Community and Ministry is an opportunity for our whole community to gather and reflect on the previous year through a series of testimonies by various faculty, staff and students.  The service will conclude with the celebration the Lord's Supper.
Tue, 12/01

Festival of Lessons and Carols

This closed campus service, hosted by the Department of Music, is a traditional Advent celebration that tells the story of the coming of Christ through Scripture and song.

* The Gather ministry team is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Christian Community and Ministry (OCCM) and the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific.