Chapel and Forum Schedule


1 Prayer walk – a guided, prayerful outside walk (weather permitting) chapel
5 Commissioning for those going into Christian ministry/service with a final word from interim President Ben Sprunger chapel
7 Launch of the 10-Day Givelocation change: the Pit (Erb Hall basement) forum


3 Songs of lament – Janeen Bertsche Johnson, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. chapel
5 After Hesston, you might just end up singing opera – Nathan Snyder ’10, opera singer chapel
7 Music department forum
10 Holy Week contemplative chapel chapel
12 I am second – Wayne Simien, pastor, former KU Jayhawk basketball player, former NBA champion chapel
17 Easter worship – the Soft-boiled Easter Eggs worship team chapel
19 We are already sent: Living on mission where we live, work and play – Eric Miller ’07, teaching pastor at Journey at South Hutchinson, arm wrestler chapel
21 The life of a peacemaker – Exploring the work of MJ Sharp forum
24 The Sermon on the mount – Jim Yoder, chemistry professor location change – grassy hill between Smith Center and Yost Center chapel
26 One day…reflections of Feb. 25, 2016 at Excel Industries – current and former students (first responders) and Excel employees chapel
28 Words alive! forum


1 Ash Wednesday chapel
3 Jake Friesen, Aviation as Mission keynote speaker forum
6 When reconciliation collides with real life – Michael Smalley, admissions counselor chapel
8 Sex, porn and intimacy – Brad Burkholder, pastor, Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church chapel
10 Democracy, power and privilege – John Murray forum
20 Speed dating – listening to each other’s story chapel
22 Let’s affirm each other – Tony Brown ’69, development officer and internationally acclaimed baritone chapel
24 Sexual assault bystander education training – Laura Miller, Marco Fraticelli, Sarah Hofkamp and Zach Zimmerman/Goshen College’s Prevention Intervention Network (PIN) forum
27 Story of a refugee – Ron Moyo ’12, pastor, Whitestone Mennonite Church chapel
29 Remembering Michael “MJ” Sharp – Todd Lehman, campus pastor, and Michele Hershberger, Bible faculty
Michael Sharp’s Sept. 9, 2013 chapel presentation – Bombs, rebels and refugeesaudio, video
31 Jessica Taylor, Harvey County Safe House forum


1 Focusing less and more in 2017 – Kevin Wilder, Bible and psychology faculty chapel
3 A refugee story – Bassima Schbley, Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.) associate professor of social work forum
6 Camp ministry chapel – Camp Camrec – Saralyn (Mast) Jantzi, HC class of 2012 chapel
8 Mission/service day – Les Horning, Eastern Mennonite Seminary (Harrisonburg, Va.) chapel
10 F5 – Stories from the 1990 Hesston tornado – stories from survivors forum
13 Plans, plans, plans… – Cleo Koop, Disaster Management faculty chapel
15 Music dept. chapel – Music students chapel
17 Transforming psychological trauma into nonviolent power – Dr. Donna Minter, director, Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute forum
20 A call to action – Kevin King, executive director, Mennonite Disaster Service chapel
22 (re)Connecting to the world – panel discussion chapel
24 Managing stress – Cade Amend, Licensed Professional Counselor, Prairie View Mental Health Center forum
27 Getting to know Michael – Michael Smalley, admissions counselor chapel


11 Prodigal sons – Abraham, Malik, Luke, Calvin, Zach and David chapel
13 The Veneer of globalization – Michele Hershberger, Bible and religion faculty forum
16 Reflections on Dr. King’s work and legacy – Deacon Stan Webb, Second Baptist Church in Newton and President Sprunger chapel
18 Stories of unexpected response to injustice – Michele Hershberger, Bible and religion faculty, and Julie Lehman, campus counselor chapel
20 Precipitation and probability – Dr. Kaye Brubaker, University of Maryland forum
23 The Christian’s proper attire – Rev Floyd Edwards, Second Missionary Baptist Church, Newton chapel
25 Worship and thanks through song and scripture – Abraham Mateo and Malik Ellis chapel
27 Start here, then what? – transition seminars 2.0 forum
30 Bob Pankratz, founder of The Oasis retreat center chapel


2 Words alive! – campus writing awards forum
5 Christmas symbols and traditions – students from around the world chapel
7 Christmas candlelight chapel – a service of scripture and Christmas songs that tell the story of Christmas chapel
9 A very CSC Christmas – Campus Stewardship Council introduces students to some environmentally sustainable alternatives to gift-giving forum


2 To vote or not to vote – John Sharp, professor of Bible and history chapel
4 U.S. economics – Clinton vs. Trump – Michael Ceramella, professor of economics forum
7 Candidate’s address – Dr. Joseph Manickam, candidate of choice for Hesston College president chapel
9 Fill me up – Glen Guyton, Mennonite Church USA chapel
11 The thoughts of one black man about racial issues and stuff – Aaron Austin, Bethel College vp of student life forum
14 Music department chapel – music students chapel
16 James Krabill, Mennonite Mission Network chapel
18 Supporting survivors of sexual abuse in churches and religious colleges – Stephanie Krehbiel will speak about the Mennonite chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) forum
21 i6eight – Scott and Shannon Swartzentruber, Puerto Penasco, Mexico chapel
23 Sadie and the Prowlers – freshman Sadie Prowell and family (Scott, Cynthia and Emma) chapel
28 How to be community through differences chapel
30 Reflective practices chapel


3 Brent Yoder’s to-do list – Brent Yoder, v.p. of academics chapel
5 Singing our praise – a service of worship through music chapel
7 We’re all scientists – Joel Krehbiel, physics prof forum
10 Mission/service day chapel chapel
12 Rest for your soul – a time to be refreshed in the Spirit chapel
19 Are you thirsty? – Todd Lehman, campus pastor chapel
21 Start Here, then what? – transfer workshops forum
24 Worship as we sing – sing requested contemporary songs, hymns and choruses chapel
26 Looking for a big god through little windows: Restorative justice and politics – Dr. Rudi Kauffman, Bluffton (Ohio) University associate professor of restorative justice chapel
28 NATS showcase – voice students perform forum
31 Reflections on love and grace – past and recent – sophomore Rachel Brown and Sister Care participants chapel


2 State of the campus – President Ben Sprunger, vice presidents Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Rob Ramseyer, Mark Landes and Brent Yoder forum
5 A Christian Palestinian pastor’s experiences in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict – Rev. Alex Awad chapel
7 Service and learning: Eight weeks in Detroit – Disaster Management students chapel
9 Understanding Title IX at Hesston College – Rob Ramseyer, vice president of student development, and Juli Winter, dean of students forum
12 Where do you see the face of Christ? – Jeff Jacobs, women’s head basketball coach chapel
14 Time for a reboot – Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, vice president of admissions and financial aid chapel
16 Emergency preparedness – Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder and Hesston Fire/EMS Chief Russ Buller forum
19 Reflections on non-resistance – Paul Unruh, mental health worker, MDS coordinator chapel
21 Preparing for a meeting – Todd Lehman and experiential opportunity chapel
23 A discussion on U.S. politics – Students in Hesston’s Political Science course will present the platforms of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump forum
26 On being knit together: How you’re wired to meet with God chapel
28 Common humanity – Mel Lehman, international humanitarian worker chapel
30 Homecoming forum – John Paul Lederach, international conflict mediator and University of Notre Dame professor of international peacebuilding forum


22 Opening chapel chapel
24 For I know the plans I have for you – installation service for Interim President Ben Sprunger chapel
26 Be our guest: Academic services at Hesston – Heidi Hochstetler and Deb Roth, Student Success Team forum
29 I surrender. Do you? – Dustin Galyon, head men’s basketball coach chapel
31 Loving others through service – representatives of local service organizations chapel


Chapels are planned by the Campus Pastor to accomplish one or more of the following: build Christ-centered community, provide worship opportunities, inform students about Christian mission, and assist with the integration of faith and life.
Forums are planned by faculty and staff to create dialogue about a specific topic or idea.

All chapels and forums begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Chapel takes place in the Hesston Mennonite Church Worship Center. Audio of past chapels is available by clicking on linked chapel titles.

DVD recordings of most chapel services are available for purchase ($5 for campus delivery, $7 for shipped copies) from Gary Oyer, director of Media and Instructional Technology Services.