The Bryan College Chapel program exists to form students and employees into servants of Jesus through the shared experience of study (Phil. 4:8-9) and worship (John 4:23-24).

The Chapel program weaves together a variety of elements including musical worship, guest speakers, corporate prayer, film screenings, and conferences. Guests come from around the world and around the corner to join our community as we study and think, pray and worship together. Through these corporate gatherings, students are challenged to lives of real faith and integrity, humility and moral courage.

Bryan College invites the Rhea County community to Chapel, which is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the regular academic term, at 10 am in Rudd Auditorium.

Schedule
Spiritual Life Conference
1 Thessalonians
Law & Life
The Arts
Ring by Spring
Mission
Money
Podcasts

Schedule

August 24 (10 AM): DèRontè Polite, Spiritual Life Conference, “Right GOD”
August 25 (11 AM): DèRontè Polite, Spiritual Life Conference, “Logical Progression”
August 25 (7 PM): Spiritual Life Conference, Corporate Worship Chapel
August 26 (10 AM): DèRontè Polite, Spiritual Life Conference, “No Rugs, No Secrets”
August 29 (10 AM): Welcome Chapel
August 31 (10 AM): President’s Chapel
September 2 (10 AM): Scott Jones, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
September 5 (10 AM): Corporate Worship Chapel
September 7 (10 AM): Ritchie Johnson, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-3:13
September 9 (10 AM): Taylor Hasty, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
September 12 (10 AM): Josh Howerton, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:28
September 14 (10 AM): Jon & Val Guerra, Christians in the Arts
September 16 (10 AM): Kevin Clauson, Faith, Law, and Public Life, “Why the Constitution Makes a World of Difference Today”
September 19 (10 AM): Vincent Bacote, Faith, Law, and Public Life, “The Sky’s Not Falling – The Door is Opening: A Renewed Evangelical Public Witness”
September 21 (10 AM): Word & Worship
September 23 (10 AM): James & Tiffany, “Ring by Spring”
September 26 (10 AM): Class Chapels
September 28 (10 AM): President’s Chapel including musical guests The Gray Havens
September 30 (10 AM): Corporate Worship Chapel
October 3 (10 AM): Word & Worship Chapel featuring Shannon Wright
October 5 (10 AM): George Verwer, “The Mission of God”
October 7 (10 AM): Harris III, Homecoming Chapel
October 10 (10 AM): Student Testimonies Chapel
October 12 (10 AM): TBA
October 24 (10 AM): Greg Baumer, “God & Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School”
October 26 (10 AM): Sam Youngs, Reasons, “A Personal Faith Journey”
October 28 (10 AM): Brett Kunkel, Reasons
October 31 (10 AM): Departmental Chapel
November 2 (10 AM): Day of Prayer Corporate Worship Chapel
November 4 (10 AM): TBA
November 7 (10 AM): Rob Armstrong, Habakkuk 1-2
November 9 (10 AM): Responding to Our National Election
November 11 (10 AM): Word & Worship
November 14 (10 AM): Jud Davis, Habakkuk 1-2
November 16 (10 AM): President’s Chapel featuring guest speaker Steve Arterburn, “The Battle: Overcoming Sexual Addictions”
November 18 (10 AM): Corporate Worship Chapel
November 28 (10 AM): TBA
November 30 (10 AM): Student Testimonies Chapel
December 2 (10 AM): Student Films, Christians in the Arts
December 5 (10 AM): Christmas Corporate Worship Chapel

Spiritual Life Conference

Integrity: Work. Classes. Family. Friends. Team. Social Media. Church. Practice. Party. Concert. Privacy. In these contexts and dozens more we find our lives chopped up into numerous activities and roles. As we navigate this complexity we find it all too easy to adapt and be different versions of ourselves. And our fractured sense of self leads to numerous ways we justify things in our lives that directly contradict who we say we are trying to be.
We each face the vital challenge of living in each unique situation with integrity, with consistency, with wholeness. Rather than being people who put on a different mask for each role we play, may we yearn to pursue a deeper, more honest way to live. May we long to be who we were designed to be: human beings created in God’s own image and taking on Jesus’ character. Welcome to the quest for integrity.

Schedule

August 24 (10 AM): DèRontè Polite, Spiritual Life Conference, “Right GOD”
August 25 (11 AM): DèRontè Polite, Spiritual Life Conference, “Logical Progression”
August 25 (7 PM): Spiritual Life Conference, Corporate Worship Chapel
August 26 (10 AM): DèRontè Polite, Spiritual Life Conference, “No Rugs, No Secrets”

Speaker

DèRontè Polite
Believer. Husband. Father. Coach. DéRonté served as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Bryan College and now serves in the same capacity at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He is keenly aware of the positive effect a coach can have on the life of an athlete. As a speaker and musician/poet, DèRontè illuminates key issues in society through God’s Word and the ramifications of the gospel.

DèRontè graduated Central Christian College of the Bible with a Bachelor of Religious Studies, and prior to that graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He now holds a Master’s of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri located in Columbia, Missouri. DèRonté has been married to his wife Sarah for six years and has two daughters.

1 Thessalonians

A letter from a trusted friend promises many things. It is opened in the anticipation that encouragement, advice, and some stirring hope will be inside. Such is the first letter to the Thessalonians. Join us as we read alongside the church at Thessalonica, remembering the power of the Gospel and anticipating Christ’s return. This encourages us, just as it did the early church, to overcome adversity by living out a great hope.

Series Schedule

September 2 (10 AM): Scott Jones, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
September 7 (10 AM): Ritchie Johnson, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-3:13
September 9 (10 AM): Taylor Hasty, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
September 12 (10 AM): Josh Howerton, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:28

Speakers

Scott Jones
Dr. Scott W. Jones serves as Professor of Christian Ministry in the Christian Studies Division at Bryan College for 9 years. Prior to coming to Bryan College, he served in various local church pastoral roles for 16 years and also served as an adjunct instructor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds three degrees from NOBTS: Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy; he also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been married to Kimberly Meador Jones for 24 years, and they have twins (Hannah and Seth) who are juniors in college. He is an active member at New Union Baptist Church in Dayton, TN.

Ritchie Johnson
Ritchie Johnson is the singles and college pastor at Calvary Chapel Chattanooga. Ritchie’s walk with the Lord began as a freshman in college and led to a full-time call to vocational ministry after 5 years as a high school biology teacher. His ministry roles have included volunteer positions in various youth groups and as a huddle leader for FCA, and later included time as a youth pastor and the director of the student ministry at Precept Ministries International. He’s a father of four and has been married to his wife Ashley for over 18 years.

Taylor Hasty
Taylor Hasty is head coach of the Bryan College baseball program since June, 2008. Hasty has brought the program to new heights with a total of 165 wins over the past 6 seasons, making him the winningest coach in Bryan College Baseball History. A 2006 graduate from Bryan College, Hasty helped restart the baseball program at Bryan as a freshman in 2002. After graduation, Hasty went on to receive his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2010. Hasty is married to Julie (Thompson), and they, their two sons, Maddux and Jaxson, and daughter, Lyla, reside in Dayton, TN.

Josh Howerton
After graduating from Union University with a degree in Theological Studies and heading to Southern Seminary, Josh has been the Lead Pastor of The Bridge Church in Spring Hill, TN (a Nashville suburb) since 2008. Josh is married to Jana, the love of his life whom he met on a blind date, and together they have two daughters – Eliana and Felicity Hope. Being a third-generation pastor and deeply gripped by a love for the church, Josh hopes to help “equip the saints for the work of ministry” by helping leaders in churches with cultural, theological-pastoral, and leadership issues. His blog serves as a way to supplement the preaching ministry of The Bridge – a way to extend the sermon beyond 40 minutes on Sunday.

Faith, Law, & Public Life

Imagine a land without ruler or law. While we might at first be enchanted by the promise of freedom, we can quickly recognize that unbridled crime, self-indulgence, and chaos would run rampant. At the same time history is filled with the tragedies that come from an opposite approach: giving all power to one individual—a king, an emperor, or a dictator. Oppression, slavery, and genocide follow closely behind.
So how do we avert these disasters? How do we as followers of Jesus in this country or any other engage in the marketplace of ideas about our laws and our leaders? What can I—as just one person—do about any of this? Come ready to develop a thoughtful and biblically-informed approach to these critical questions.

Schedule

September 16 (10 AM): Kevin Clauson, Faith, Law, and Public Life, “Why the Constitution Makes a World of Difference Today”
September 19 (10 AM): Vincent Bacote, Faith, Law, and Public Life, “The Sky’s Not Falling – The Door is Opening: A Renewed Evangelical Public Witness”

Speakers

Dr. Kevin Clauson
Kevin L. Clauson is Vice President of Academics and Professor of Government and Law at Bryan College since 2009. He earned a J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence) from West Virginia University, and M.A. (Political Science), B.A. (International Affairs), and B.S. (Chemistry) from Marshall University. Before coming to Bryan College, he served as head of the Government/Criminal Justice Division and Professor of Government and Criminal Justice at Liberty University for over 20 years. He also served on the full-time staff (State Director) of the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign. He and his wife of 34 years have five children and seven grandchildren. He has a particular interest in Constitutional Law.

Dr. Vincent Bacote
Dr. Vincent Bacote believes that doctrine is central to the life of the church. He is the author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life and The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper. He has contributed to books including Black Scholars in White Space: New Vistas in African American Studies from the Christian Academy and Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions. He is a regular columnist for Comment and has contributed to magazines and journals including Christianity Today, Think Christian, Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission, and the Journal for Christian Theological Research.

Christians in the Arts

The power of art in shaping what we value and love is not to be underestimated. The best art portrays truth and beauty in ways that transcend words alone. Art can be stewarded in service of God’s Kingdom or in service of other purposes—some noble and some destructive.
How should art feature in the lives of Christians? How does art relate to our highest calling of seeking first God’s Kingdom? In this chapel series we will be addressing art as an important part of the life of every Christian. We will interact with different mediums of art within this context.

Schedule

September 14 (10 AM): Jon & Val Guerra
September 28 (10 AM): The Gray Havens
December 2 (10 AM): Student Films Chapel

Speakers

Jon Guerra
With a penchant for thought-provoking lyrics, innovative instrumentation, and worshipful vocals, Jon Guerra is steadily being recognized as one of today’s groundbreaking singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists. Guerra’s’ artistic journey switched between local band and solo life. He’s been courted by mainstream labels, opened for the likes of .fun, and even served as a jingle writer for massive companies. By 2013, the artist also became a member of Vertical Church Band, the worship band from Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, where he continues to serve when not on tour. His album, “Little Songs,” is scheduled for release in April.

The Gray Havens
Husband-wife Dave and Licia Radford comprise The Gray Havens, a “narrative-pop-folk” duo. Since their beginning in 2013, their projects have been hailed as “an imaginative treatment of faith…[having] a visionary quality that’s both playful and enraptured.” They have a knack for creating a listening experience similar to paging through your favorite book, with richly textured compositions and multi-layered lyrics. Their newest release, “Ghost of a King, is certainly no exception.

Student Films
Student Films Chapel provides the opportunity to see the semester work of our Bryan Film Department. Under the guidance of film professors, D.R. Fraley and Matt Samsel, students cultivate the craft of story telling through the medium of film. In addition to seeing the films created by Bryan students, this chapel provides the chance to hear from the film makers as a way of interacting more deeply with the creative process and the techniques involved in creating short films.

Ring by Spring

Tiffany and James expected that the next logical step, upon graduating from college, was to get married. When they entered a very single decade (their 20s), they began to wonder what was wrong with them. This message shares their journey through singleness, and the things they learned along the way–namely five expectations they had regarding marriage and dating, which turned out to be incorrect.

Schedule

September 23 (10 AM): James and Tiffany, “Ring by Spring”

Speakers

James and Tiffany
Author and speaker Tiffany Dawn has written two books: Boycrazy and The Insatiable Quest for Beauty. For the past four years, she has been traveling around the United States sharing her journey through body image, an eating disorder, and unhealthy relationships. One year ago, everything changed when she married a man named James and they began speaking together. James is an insurance agent, specializing in non-profit insurance, and volunteering with numerous ministries. James and Tiffany live in Schenectady, NY, one mile from where they grew up as childhood family friends. They share a deep love for Jesus, traveling, and ice cream.

The Mission of God

God’s Word is clear about the mission Jesus established for His followers: to make disciples of all nations. Despite the clarity of this charge, our lives often become encumbered and distracted in so many ways that we lose our focus and joy in being on mission with God’s eternal purposes. Come be inspired and energized as we look at God’s mission with fresh perspective and renewed focus.

Schedule

October 5 (10 AM): George Verwer, “The Mission of God”

Speaker

George Verwer
George Verwer is the Founder and former International Director of Operation Mobilisation, which is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship training and church planting. George led Operation Mobilisation for over 40 years before stepping down in August 2003. George has a burning concern for vital, propagating and revolutionary Christianity in his own life and in those he meets. He attended Moody Bible Institute where he met Drena, now his wife. They went to Spain where, in 1961, the work of OM was born. Today OM reaches across the world in over 110 nations to make Christ known in the lives of all they meet. George and his wife are now involved in Special Projects Ministries (still part of OM) full-time.

God & Money

In our world many operate with money at the center of their lives. If a higher paying job comes along, it’s an automatic choice to take the job simply because it means more money. Money then translates into comfort, beautiful things, status, and prestige. As a person’s standard of living is elevated, it becomes unthinkable to downsize and live with less. Jesus pointed out that many make money their master.
Come hear the story of a Harvard Business school student who made some counter-cultural commitments regarding what money meant in his life. Come learn what it means to steward money rather than being mastered by it.

Schedule

October 24 (10 AM): Greg Baumer, “God & Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School”

Speaker

Greg Baumer
A native of Indianapolis, IN, Greg Baumer earned his BS in finance, business economics, and public policy from Indiana University in 2008. Greg began his career with a consulting firm and then worked as an investment professional, where he focused on investments in the healthcare sector. He went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015. He aspires to participate in the mobilization of God’s church to launch a wave of generosity never before experienced on earth. Greg is blessed to be married to his wife of seven years, Alison, and together they have toddler son, Grant, and newborn daughter, Leah.

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