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Campus Wide Chapel Series

Welcome to our 2018-2019 University Chapel Series! The purpose of this series is to bring challenging speakers together with the McKendree campus community and the larger community for inspiration and celebration of the spirit that has been at the heart of McKendree University since it’s founding in 1828. Students, faculty, staff and community groups will be featured at each service! We hope you will make a special effort to come celebrate with us!

Lessons & Carols Service in The Chapel at Noon

Friday, December 5th, 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Colleen Smyth; Program Coordinator for the Center for Community Service

Theme: Hospitality

Colleen Smyth is in her second year at McKendree University as the Program Coordinator for the Lyn Huxford Center for Comunity Service. Originally from Daytona, Ohio, Smyth moved to St. Louis eleven years ago and has been here ever since. She recieved her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (2007) along with a Master of Social Work (2014) from SLU, and a Masters in Pastoral Studies (2014 from Aqiunas Institute of Theology. Smyth previously worked as a Campus Minister at Visitation Acadamy, and the lives with her husband, Ben, and two children, Isaac (4) and Lily (2), in St. Louis. Smyth is passionate about social justice and has been particularly involved in the work of We Stories over the past three years, which is a nonprofit organization that uses children's literature to work towards a more equitable and inclusive St.Louis. 

Fall Agape Latte Event in 1828 Cafe

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018, 8pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nicole DeWall; Professor of English

We are thrilled that our third speaker for Agape Latte is Dr. Nicole DeWall, Associate Professor of English at McKendree University. Dr. DeWall has written for a variety of scholarly publications and has received numerous awards including the William Norman Grandy Faculty Award and the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. She is especially passionate about the works of William Shakespeare, and has been since she read Romeo and Juliet and the ninth grade. She believes that students who study literature will lead richer, more empathetic, and ultimately more beautiful lives. Her talk is entitled: "I'm a liberal arts major. What's your superpower?"

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Homecoming Chapel Service.

Sunday, October 28st, 2018 at 10 am

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jim Barnett; I.G.R.C Vermillion River District Superintendent of the UMC

James Barnett calls himself a child of the Conference. "my father (the late James F. Barnett) was a United Methodist pastor and as an infant, I was baptized by Bishop Charles Brashares at the 1959 Southern Illinois Annual Conference," Barnett said. "my entire life has been spent in the nurture of the church." Jim has a servants heart and a passion for Jesus Christ. Serving nearly 35 years in the former Southern Illinois Conference and the IGRC, Barnett has served pastorates at Olney First (Associate)-Chauncey; Carterville Frist; Centralia First; Robinson First and for the past 16 years, Pickneyville. A graduate of McKendree College with a degree in Administration of Justice and Perkins School of Theology, Barnett has served on various conference communities dealing with youth and young adults, and the Conference Camping Program. Currently, James is the District Superintendent for the Vermilion River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. He is married to Linda Barnett, who currently serves the Zeigler-Royalton charge in the Cache River District. They're the parents of four grown children (one-Hunter is currently a student at McKendree University) and had two grandchildren.

Jewish Seder Meal in Circuit Riders at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3th, 2019

Keynote Speaker: TBA

The Seder Meal is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover. The Seder involves a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.


Celebration Chapel Service in The Chapel at Noon

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Theme: Faculty Reflection

Every year in the spring, we celebrate our closing time together with a message from a retires or soon-to-be retired professor. They often share significant moments and memories with students during their tenure here. They also may offer key insights and wisdom from their time in higher education. We look forward to announcing our keynote speaker sometime this Fall. Please stay tuned!