Sing, Pray & Reflection

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Sing, Pray & Reflection

Sing, Pray & Reflection chapels are dedicated completely to worship through music and prayer.


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Songs from Chapel:

Dr. Greg McGee

Monday, April 1, 2019
Dr. Greg McGee

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Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor

I love working at Taylor! I enjoy the content I teach, since there is so much to explore, savor, and be challenged by in the Bible. I am energized by the students here. I noticed immediately when I arrived at Taylor that I was stepping into a community characterized by a passion for teaching and a commitment to growth in teaching. I am happy to link arms with colleagues in the common pursuit of fostering persistent, disciplined, and imaginative learning at Taylor.

How I integrate faith in the classroom:

The integration of faith and learning, a major emphasis at Taylor, means that careful and well-informed engagement with Scripture will result in transformed thinking that spans across all academic disciplines. The grand biblical themes of creation, justice, kingdom, reconciliation, and new creation in particular invite Christian students to explore the relationship between Scripture and many other topics that are pursued as part of a liberal arts education.

Faith and learning integration should contribute to well informed and devoted followers of Christ. Having served in ministry to college students for a decade (including four years on a university campus in East Asia), I know that students often develop deep roots in Christian faith during their years in college. I seek to contribute to student growth while still giving attention to my own walk with God by staying active in worship and Christian service. In particular, I have enjoyed ministry to children and youth at my church and being a volunteer at an after-school reading program in the community.

Hobbies

Outside the classroom and office I can be found with my wife and kids at various Taylor sporting events, performances, exhibits, seminars, and great community traditions such as Airband and Taylathon. Our family enjoys Pixar movies, strategic games such as Settlers of Catan, sports such as soccer, and our dog Lizzy.

Major Career Accomplishments

My specialties in biblical studies are Paul’s letters and Biblical Theology. I have published two books, the most recent called Studying Paul’s Letters with the Mind and Heart (Kregel Publications), and I also edited a devotional project, Alpha and Omega: 40 Weeks of Devotions Written by Students from Taylor University. I have written and presented on passages from Romans, 1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and the Letters of Ignatius, and on topics such as biblical theology, Scripture engagement, creation, and the kingdom of God. Current research projects include a commentary on Ephesians and book introductions to a forthcoming Study Bible. Learning “on-location“ in Israel, Greece, Italy, and Turkey (while leading Taylor students on trips to these countries) has greatly enriched my research and teaching.


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Pastor Nirup Alphonse

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Pastor Nirup Alphonse

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Nirup Alphonse is the founding and Lead Pastor of LIFEGATE. Originally from Chicago, Illinois Pastor Nirup and his wife Hannah spent seven years on staff at a church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2014 they, along with over 40 people, moved their lives to Denver, Colorado to start a church. Pastor Nirup believes that the local church is the hope for the world. Their church is one of the fastest growing churches in the Denver metro. He and his wife have three young sons, Jai (6), Elijah (2) and Kai (8 months).


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Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Friday, March 15, 2019
Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Jon Cavanagh

Rev. Jon Cavanagh, Campus Pastor at Taylor University since 2015, is a 1998 Taylor University alumnus.  He has served at Taylor since 2007, filling roles that have included Director of University Apartments/Coordinator of Off-Campus Community, Co-Chair of Residence Life Programming, Hall Director at Wengatz Hall, Head Men’s Golf Coach, and committee assignments including Chair and member of the Community Life Committee, Lighthouse and J-term Capstone Co-Leader, and the leadership of various devotional groups.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Taylor, Cavanagh holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio (2008). He is an ordained minister in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (N.A.C.C.C.).

Prior to returning to Taylor, Cavanagh served as Associate Pastor for Plain Congregational Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, and as resident director at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He also filled the role of Church Planter for Mercy and Grace Ministries in Sheridan, Wyo., from 1999 to 2000.

Jon and his wife Kara are the parents of 2 daughters, Phoebe (9) and Hattie (2).


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Andrew Falk

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
 Senior Fellow Andrew Falk

Andrew Falk

Andrew Falk is a Senior Fellow with the Sagamore Institute, with a research focus on criminal justice reform and international environmental and energy law. Andrew’s initial project upon joining the Sagamore Institute was to lead a team working to research and draft reports analyzing Indiana’s criminal justice reforms (HEA 1006). Andrew and the team provided annual reports to then-Governor Mike Pence, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and the General Assembly. To gather the needed information, Andrew met with numerous elected officials, key stakeholders, non-profit leaders, and media to discuss research and findings.

In the process of his research on the effect of 1006, Andrew visited the Indiana Women’s Prison to learn more about the volunteer higher education program at the prison. He soon began teaching a public policy class at the prison on the collateral consequences of a felony conviction. Informed both by his 1006 research and the evident need for more effective reentry practices, Andrew began working with a group of women who proposed an innovative approach to reentry. Andrew continues to teach the public policy class at the prison, but his primary focus is serving as the Executive Director of the reentry project, now known as Constructing Our Future. In this role, Andrew collaborates with state officials, non-profit organizations, churches, businesses, and volunteers to develop this unique program to facilitate reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals and to reduce recidivism.

In his limited spare time, Andrew continues his research and writing on environmental and energy issues, such as the promise of solar energy in Africa and the benefits of secure property rights to protect the environment.

Andrew was born and raised in the Midwest, living in Iowa and Kansas before moving to Indiana. He now lives in Indianapolis with his wife and four children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and managing his fantasy football teams.


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Dan Rupple

Friday, March 8, 2019
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Dan Rupple is CEO of Mastermedia, a Los Angeles based organization that extends spiritual care and consulting to media industry leaders and also encourages the next generation of Christian media makers. In his ten years as a supervisor at CBS Television, he oversaw some of the most iconic shows in American television history, including The Price Is Right, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Prime Time Emmy Awards. Dan served as head of programming and development for five internet TV companies and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX News, The Washington Post, and more. Dan began his career as a founding member of the pioneering Christian comedy team Isaac Air Freight.

He is a graduate of Biola University and, as an ordained minister, has served in various capacities in Christian pastoral ministry for over 40 years. Dan has been married to the love of his life Peggy, for over 40 years, and together they celebrate three married children and seven grandkids. 


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Songs from Chapel:

Never Gonna Stop Singing

Praises (Be Lifted Up)

Worthy Is the Lamb