Chapel and Forum Schedule


1 Encouraging words for the future – Sophomore Anna Zehr and President Joe Manickam chapel
3 Larkfest awards ceremony forum
6 On gratitude and hopes – Observations, reflections and parting words from Campus Pastor Todd Lehman chapel
8 Commissioning Chapel – blessing and sending those who go in service to others in the church and the world chapel
10 10-day give forum


1 What we did during spring break – students sharing from MDS service trip chapel
3 In Simon’s courtyard with Jesus – Luke 7:36-50, led by Todd Lehman chapel
5 – Willi Hugo Pérez, president of SEMILLA, Latin American Anabaptist Seminary forum
8 We are all called – Jeff Jacobs, women’s basketball head coach chapel
10 What’s faith got to do with it (your Hesston Experience)? – student panel chapel
12 Population-Based Nursing student presentations forum
15 Legacy Ministries – David Ladwig (HC class of 2018) and Legacy Ministries chapel
17 Holy Week – a stations of the cross experience chapel
22 Easter chapel – Performing Arts department chapel
24 Sacred Pathways – how are you wired to connect with God? chapel
26 Words Alive! forum
29 Sacred pathways experiences chapel


1 MCC Learning Tour to Guatemala and Honduras – Margaret Wiebe forum
4 Child, get up! – Rev. Cyneatha Millsaps, Markham, Ill., executive director of Mennonite Women USA chapel
6 Ash Wednesday service chapel
18 Micah Hurst chapel
20 Check this out – Chaplain Oscar Gomez, Kansas Department of Corrections, Hutchinson chapel
22 How do I deal with a breakup? – Julie Lehman, campus counselor forum
25 Overcoming obstacles – Kevin King, executive director, Mennonite Disaster Service chapel
27 Georgia Metz chapel
29 Music department forum


1 The Revolutionary way of Jesus – Mark Scandrette, Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series keynote speaker forum
4 Immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine – Graciela Tijerina, pastor, member of Hesston College Board of Directors and 2016 HC graduate chapel
6 Just in time – Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, member of Hesston College board of Directors and 2002 HC graduate forum
8 Alcohol and substance abuse education – Prairie View staff forum
11 The gift of listening – Michelle Armster, executive director of MCC Central States chapel
13 What’s love got to do with it? – Mark and DeeDee Landes, v.p. of Finance and volleyball head coach chapel
15 Transitions Workshops forum
18 Relationships bring love to living – Larry Catlett, HC Pastoral Ministries alumnus chapel
20 Solidarity and hope in Tijuana – Bible prof Michele Hershberger shares about her trip to the border chapel
22 Severe weather preparedness forum
25 MJ Sharp: prankster, poker player, peacebuilder – John and Michele Sharp chapel
27 What’s my calling as a peacemaker? – John and Michele Sharp chapel


16 Opening chapel – Russell Adrian and Todd Lehman chapel
18 A conversation with Mackenzie Miller – 2018 HC grad studying this year in Nanjing, China forum
21 Martin Luther King Day panel discussion – Carlota Ponds, Scott Miller, Casey Cole and Amos McCarthy forum
23 Exercise in compassion: Walking in another’s shoes chapel
25 Civic dialogue and discourse – Kansas Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) forum
28 Exploring the intersection of faith and (further) study – Mennonite sister colleges chapel
30 Embrace the valley – Dustin Galyon, men’s basketball head coach chapel


3 Joseph, a righteous man – Ben and Monica Miller chapel
5 Christmas chapel chapel


2 Lois O’Malley and Jenny Cott, Dear Neighbor Ministries in Wichita forum
5 God’s plan for your life – what do you perceive? – Raelynn Reeves chapel
7 You have something to give! – students who served in camp ministry last summer chapel
9 Transitions seminars – various campus locations forum
12 Camp days chapel – Camp Mennoscah chapel
14 Mission/service days chapel – The Navigators chapel
16 Should I stay or should I go? – Julie Lehman, campus counselor forum
19 Now it springs up…there is hope! – Cesar Garcia, Mennonite World Conference general secretary chapel
26 Darkness vs. light – Todd Lehman chapel
28 Inspired by Mary – Pick me! – Melissa Unruh, director of institutional data chapel
30 Words Alive! – student writing awards forum


1 “See, I am doing a new thing!” – Brad Burkholder, pastor, Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church chapel
3 Serving in the name of Christ – Disaster Management students share about their Summer Field Experience chapel
5 – sophomore Grace Allen forum
8 The God of preservation – Jerry Acosta, HC Pastoral Ministries grad and church planter in Wichita chapel
10 Worship through music – HC music scholars chapel
12 Awe, Father Boyle and Margins – Dave Nickel, First Mennonite Church, Lincoln, Neb. forum
17 Not a fad thing, but a real thing – Dustin Galyon, men’s basketball head coach chapel
19 Faithfully responding to climate change: Solutions to water and agriculture challenges in East Africa – Doug Graber Neufeld, professor of biology and director of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.) forum
22 That was then, this is now – Rev Cynthia Wolford, pastor of Greater Faith Christian Church in Wichita chapel
24 Walk with me – Rev Cyneatha Millsaps, Markham, Ill., Executive Director, Mennonite Women USA chapel
29 The myth of Kansas sunsets (and other barriers to self-awareness and global engagement) – John Murray, dean of global engagement chapel
31 Learning to sing together, part 2 chapel


3 Tell me a story – President Joe Manickam chapel
5 Speed dating HC chapel style chapel
7 Emergency preparedness – Hesston Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services forum
10 Finding ourselves in Philly – sophomores Mariana Martinez Hernandez, DJ Kintigh, Anna Zehr, Masemo Wakibogo and Bible prof Michele Hershberger chapel
12 A Samaritan experience – meet in the HMC Community Center chapel
14 Transcultural learning opportunities – André Swartley, English prof forum
17 Learning to sing together chapel
19 Dreamings for a peace-filled world chapel
21 International Day of Peace – Armelda Xhari, sophomore, Lezhe, Albanian, and Ron Moyo ’12, outreach pastor, Whitestone Mennonite Church forum
24 The right to peace – student panel chapel
26 Taproot: a gap year experience in Philadelphia – Lindy Backus and Aldo Siahaan chapel
28 Lark Athletics – Lynn Fielitz ’79 and Malcolm Mann ’15 forum


20 Opening chapel – Community is the center of our life! chapel
22 Bold – Dustin Galyon, men’s basketball head coach chapel
24 Be our guest – academic services – Heidi Hochstetler and Deb Roth, Student Success forum
27 Live with purpose – Austin Mitchell, Hesston College class of 2015 and former staff member chapel
29 Illustrating your uniqueness chapel
31 Seeing with new eyes – Joanna Osborne Masingila, Syracuse University forum


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.