Chapel Guests Spring 2014

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Olive Aneno, Compassion International
February 26th

Olive Aneno grew up in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda in an environment of extreme poverty.  She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 5. At the age of 6, she was forced to hide in the forest alone at night to escape the Lord’s Resistance Army revels who terrorized her hometown. At the age of 8, she moved to the capital city of Kampala to join her mother. It was at this time, that she began attending one of Compassion’s child development centers at a local church, beginning a lifelong process which changed the course of her life. Her mother, a single mom and her oldest aunt who had 5 children, both died while Olive was a young girl, forcing her, her siblings, and cousins to fend for themselves.  Olive attained a volleyball scholarship to play at South Carolina State University. She currently lives with her family in Georgia and is a practicing social worker with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.


Rob Armstrong, New Union Baptist Church
January 27th

Rob Armstrong is Senior Pastor at New Union Baptist Church in Dayton. Rob graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in Christian Studies and Philosophy. He began his Seminary work at New Orleans Baptist Seminary and is finishing his M. Div in Theology through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.


Ann Blackburn, Bible Teacher, Speaker, and Author
April 23rd

Ann Blackburn is an anointed Bible teacher, conference speaker and author.  Her love relationship with the Father and her contagious enthusiasm for the Truth  of God’s Word  is  what makes this  servant  of the Lord so different, Her speaking engagements are both on corporate and personal levels.  She has been on radio, and a featured speaker in revivals, district meetings and men’s and women’s conferences.  On a more intimate level, she also leads several weekly Bible Studies in her home area. Out of her life experiences, Ann began to journal her daily bible study into devotionals.  Recently, she compiled these into a published work called “The First Gleam of Dawn”.  This diary of her personal journey with the Lord has been a great source of joy, comfort and encouragement to all of its readers. Ann is the mother of four and the grandmother of two.  She currently resides in Dayton, TN with a willingness to follow the Lord wherever He may lead.


Hans Boersma, Professor of Theology at Regent College
March 19th

Hans Boersma (Ph.D. University of Utrecht) is the J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. Before coming to Regent in 2005, Hans taught for six years at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. He also served several years as a Pastor. Hans is the author of a number of books, most recently Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach (Oxford, 2013). He has also written Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (Eerdmans, 2011); Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery (Oxford, 2009) and Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition (Baker Academic, 2004). Hans and his wife Linda (along with two of their five children) live in Langley, BC, where they are members of the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church.


Jeremy Deal, New Union Baptist Church
January 24th

Jeremy Deal is the Associate Pastor to Students and Families at New Union Baptist Church in Dayton. He has been serving in this position since graduating from Bryan College in 2007. In addition to his pastoral work, Jeremy has also been the assistant baseball coach at Bryan since 2009. Jeremy is devoted to God. He loves pastoring and coaching in the Dayton community, and he desires to impact the community by following God’s command to go and make disciples. Jeremy is currently working toward his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary. He is married to the love of his life, Deanna, and they have two beautiful little girls: Lydia Grace (2) and Hannah Faith (1).


Dr. Jeff Eckert, Henegar/CBI Counseling Center
February 14th

Dr. Jeff Eckert is a licensed Psychologist & Clinical Social Worker. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, a Master’s of Social Work from West Virginia University, and a Doctor of Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School.  He works with people ages 12 and older with issues ranging from men’s struggles, sexual orientation, sexual addiction, sexual abuse, trauma, marriage and family therapy, oppositional adolescents, addictions, conduct disorders, affective disorders, and PTSD. He is also now running the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center. He lives with his wife Kim, also a psychologist and professor at Lee, and his five children in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Ryan Evelyn, Bryan College Undergraduate Student
April 7th

Ryan Evelyn is a native of Kingston, Jamaica and a student at Bryan College who is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Christian Leadership with a minor in Business Administration. He spent his formative years on the island, which according to The Guinness Book of World Records has the most churches per square mile in the world. With that in mind he says,“Many Jamaicans have heard the gospel but rarely ever truly experience the life giving power that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy, ‘having a form of godliness but denying its power’—that is Jamaica.” After his conversion at the age of sixteen, Ryan sensed a unique calling to lead others into a passionate, life giving relationship with Jesus Christ and has seen many young men and women experience that reality. With just one semester left before graduating and the prospect of returning home, Ryan anticipates developing this call in Jamaica’s public square, amongst those who do not know Christ, in an effort to build his nation.


Darrel Falk, Point Loma Nazarene University
February 3rd

Darrel Falk is former president of The BioLogos Foundation. He transitioned into Christian higher education 25 years ago and has given numerous talks about the relationship between science and faith at many universities and seminaries. He is the author of Coming to Peace with Science.


Marnie Ferree, Bethesda Workshops
February 12th

Marnie C. Ferree is a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Bethesda Workshops. She has a national reputation as a leader in the field of sexual addiction, particularly as it presents in women. In 1997, Marnie established a workshop program for female sex addicts that was the first of its kind in the country and today draws participants from across the United States and Canada.  Marnie and her husband David have been married since 1981 and are parents of a young adult son, married daughter,  and proud grandparents of a toddler grandson.


Robby Galaty, Brainderd Baptist Church
January 29th

Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. He is also the author of Unashamed: Taking a Radical Stand for ChristCreating an Atmosphere to HEAR God Speak, and Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (Fall 2013).


Nic Gibson, High Point Church
January 15th-17th ENGAGE Conference

Nic received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, and his Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.  Nic has served as lead pastor for vision and preaching at High Point Church, Madison, Wisconsin since 2010. Madison is Wisconsin's state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin a top 20 world University educating more than 28,000 students.  Nic also served as associate pastor for preaching and leadership development at Lynn haven United Methodist Church, Panama City, Florida for 7 years.  He has published two books: Gameplan: Practical Wisdom for the College Experience, and Renew: The Campaign Guide.


Taylor Hasty, Bryan College Athletic Director
January 20th

Coach Hasty now in his fifth season as the head coach of the Bryan College baseball program, has brought the program to new heights with a total of 93 wins over the past 3 seasons. In 2012, Hasty's colleagues voted him the Coach of the Year in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Prior to becoming the head coach at Bryan, Hasty spent two years as an assistant to then head coach, and traveling with the admissions department. Hasty helped restart the baseball program at Bryan as a freshman in 2002 after a 16-year hiatus. Hasty was primarily a pitcher, setting the career record for innings pitched (332). He served as a team captain for 3 years and in his senior season earned the Bryan College Athletic Department's highest honor, the Lion of Valor award, given annually to the outstanding Christian athlete who excelled both on and off the field. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Hasty graduated from Charlotte Latin School, where he helped win the 2000 state title in baseball. After graduating from Bryan (2006, BA History), Hasty received his master's degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2010. Hasty and his wife Julie Thompson have two sons, three-year-old Maddux and infant Jaxson.


Chad Holtz, Mountai View UMC
February 17th

Chad Holtz lives in Dayton, TN along with his wife, Amy, and their five children. Chad received a BA in Bible and Theology from Lee University and an MDiv from Duke Divinity School. He currently serves as pastor at Mountain View UMC in Dayton. Chad is passionate about seeing lives transformed by the gospel of Christ, just as his was after decades of being in bondage to sexual sin. He and his wife share their journey on their shared blog, Desire Mercy (, in hopes of helping others break free from addictive cycles.


Dr. Sam Joeckel, Palm Beach Atlantic
March 28th

Dr. Samuel Joeckel joined Palm Beach Atlantic in 2002 and serves as associate professor of English and a professor in the Supper Honors Program. Dr. Joeckel has written on a wide range of subjects, including eighteenth-century British literature, C.S. Lewis, humor theory, Christian higher education, and disability studies.  His articles appeSEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Christian Higher Education, The Kentucky Review, Mythlore, and Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal. He is the author of The C.S. Lewis Phenomenon: Christianity and the Public Sphere (Mercer University Press). He is co-editor of The Chrsitian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Institutions of Higher Learning (Abilene Christian University Press).  Dr. Joeckel lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife, daughter, and son. He enjoys competing in mountain-bike races and long-distance running events.


Brookes Jones, Bryan College Undergraduate Student
February 21st

Brookes Jones is from Franklin, TN and plays baseball here at Bryan College. He has personally experienced the miracle of God's saving grace in his life and desires to share that good news with everyone.


Dr. Salvatore Musumeci, Bryan College
March 26th

Dr. Salvatore Musumeci is a Connecticut native and fervent Hartford Whaler and Jimmy Buffett fan. Dr. Musumeci received his BA in Philosophy and Religion from fellow CCCU member Palm Beach Atlantic University and his MA in History from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He completed his Ph.D. in History and English at Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London) under the direction of the noted art historian Dr. Evelyn Welch.
Dr. Musumeci is a socio-cultural historian with an interest in the material and visual cultures of Europe between 1300 and 1600. His research deals primarily with consumable goods (esp. food and wine), the social imagination in medieval and Renaissance Italy, and the intersection of history, literature and philosophy during the medieval and early modern periods. Dr. Musumeci teaches all levels of European history and Italian language courses at Bryan College. He and his wife Robin live in Chattanooga, TN.


Kelly O'Rear, Grace Baptist Church
February 10th

Kelly O'Rear has been the associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church since June of 2012.  He received his B.A. at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  For several years he taught mathematics both in the States and in Venezuela.  For six years he was a Bible teacher for New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan before becoming the college minister at Woodland Park Baptist Church.  In 2010, after seven years at Woodland Park Baptist, he became a Math and Bible teacher at Grace Baptist Academy in Chattanooga before becoming the Associate Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Chattanooga.  At Grace, he is specifically involved in couples ministry, men's ministry, and leadership development.


Michael Palmer, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Bryan College
January 22nd, April 11th

Michael Palmer is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Bryan College.  Before coming to Bryan College, Palmer taught at both Samford University and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Michael Palmer has personal and family roots in both Africa and the United States, with academic roots in both communication and religious studies. His academic concentrations include the Psychology of communication, interpersonal communication, media, and pop and cross culture studies.  Having grown up in South Africa and Rhodesia, his childhood included a steady diet of cricket, soccer, and rugby, on the heels of which he is an advisor for the college rugby team, the debate team, and the international student association.  Personal tonics and indulgences include athletics and reading and film.


Col. Ron Petitte, Professor of Politics and Government, Bryan College
April 11th

Dr. Ron D. Petitte heads the Bryan College Discipline of Politics & Government and directs the Center for Leadership Initiatives.  His Justice & Mercy Initiative has, as its primary focus, countering human trafficking, with a special emphasis on the plight of women and children. Dr. Petitte’s doctoral dissertation, One Hundred Years of Leadership in Administration: Contributions of Formative National Leaders in Public Administration from 1887 to 1987, resides at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as at the George C. Marshall Research Library of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) from where Dr. Petitte graduated.  A retired Army Colonel, he served as technical advisor for the armor battle sequences, on 20th Century Fox’s Academy Award winning film, Patton.  In addition to his advanced degrees, COL Petitte was awarded the Certificate of The Hague Academy Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations, in The Hague, The Netherlands.


Doug Russell, Grace Bible Church
March 5th

Doug Russell is Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Dayton, TN.  Previous ministry posts include work at Chatham Bible Church in St. Louis, Missouri and Grace Baptist Church in Normal, Illinois.  Doug attended Moody Bible Institute where he met his wife, Kathy. After graduating from Moody, they married, and furthered their education at John Brown University. Doug also attended Dallas Theological Seminary. Several years and two daughters later, he pursued his D. Min studies at Covenant Theological Seminary.


Emily Sarmiento, Compassion International
February 24th

Emily Sarmiento serves as the Child Sponsorship Program Director within Compassion’s International Program Group.  She leads the global child development program design, support of program implementation, and delivery of church and child communications.  Emily has been with Compassion since January 2009.  Prior to joining Compassion, Emily served with three other International Non-governmental Organizations.  Emily and her husband, Diego, live in a rural Colorado, outside of Colorado Springs.


Darryl Smith, The Family Church
April 4th

Darryl Smith is the senior pastor at The Family Church; Dayton Church of God in Dayton, TN. From growing up as a PK (Preacher’s Kid) to serving over 24 years in six different local congregations Darryl brings an interesting perspective to ministry in a local Church. He holds a BA in Intercultural Studies Program from Lee University (1989) and a Master of Arts in Discipleship and Christian Formation from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN (2007). Darryl is a credentialed minister (Ordained Bishop) in the Church of God. He is learning his greatest calling in life is to share with his words and show with his actions the Love of Christ; everyday (not just on Sundays), everywhere (not just at Church), to everyone (not just Christians). Darryl’s been blessing with a wonderful wife and ministry partner of 22 years, Cheryl along with two incredible children, Alec (20) and Baylee (14).


Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Two Futures Project
April 9th

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson is the founding director of the Two Futures Project, a movement of American Christians for the abolition of nuclear weapons that has been recognized by secular and religious media including PBS, Christianity Today and The Washington Post, and which was also named by Relevant Magazine as one of “50 Ideas that Changed Everything.” He also chairs the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, an initiative of the World Evangelical Alliance. Tyler is also the author of The World is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good (InterVarsity), Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumerist Age (Seabury), as well as numerous book chapters and articles, which have received awards from the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association. An ordained minister, Tyler holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, a theologian, live in Toronto, where he fills his spare time with doctoral studies, service as the associate pastor of small urban parish, and Muay Thai.


Donald T. Williams, Toccoa Falls College
March 17th 

Raised in a Christian home, Donald T. Williams devoted his life to Christ at an early age. Recognizing by his high-school years that he had a strong drive for the integration of faith and learning, he felt called to a ministry of preaching, teaching, and writing.  He holds a BA in English from Taylor University, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Georgia.  He is the author of eight books, his most recent being, Mere Humanity: G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition (Broadman, 2006), and Credo: Meditations on the Nicene Creed (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2007). He has also contributed essays, poems, and reviews to such journals as National Review, Christianity Today, Touchstone, and Theology Today.  Dr. Williams currently serves as R. A. Forrest Scholar and Professor of English at Toccoa Falls College in the hills of Northeast Georgia.


Christopher Yuan, Moody Bible Institute
February 5th-7th

Christopher Yuan is an international speaker as well as a Bible professor at Moody Bible Institute.  Early in his adult life, God called Him out of a life of homosexual promiscuity and into a deep and redemptive relationship with Him.  After becoming a Christian, Yuan attended Moody and Wheaton, receiving a Masters of Arts in Biblical Exegesis in 2007.  He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at Bethel Seminary.
He is the co-author with his mother of Out of the Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope, and was featured in the documentary "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS."  He speaks internationally to youth, college students, churches, and prison inmates.