Pastor Stu Davis

Monday, February 24, 2020
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Stu Davis has spent the last 15 years working both in and alongside churches, businesses, and nonprofits, seeking to build unity and collaboration around some of Colorado Springs’ biggest challenges. He recently spent 4 years in leadership at Springs Rescue Mission, where he helped bring over 50 churches alongside private and public funders to establish Colorado Springs’ first and largest low-barrier homeless shelter and resource center. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade on the pastoral staff at Woodmen Valley Chapel, one of Colorado’s largest churches. As Executive Director of COSILoveYou, Stu enjoys working with the breadth and variety represented among the local Church, and has been a part of the COSILoveYou movement since its genesis in 2014.

In addition to his work in the faith and nonprofit communities, Stu loves coaching his son’s youth soccer team and serving on the board of the Community Roundtable, a local organization connecting large and small faith-based nonprofits in Colorado Springs. A recent graduate of the selective Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Stu recently received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. Most importantly, he has been married to Abby (also a Taylor grad) for 19 years, and has three teenage children (Maryn, Raina, and Kemper).

In 2010, Stu was the first soccer player inducted in the Taylor University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a 3-year Taylathon champion, served as both a DC and PA on 2nd Center Wengatz, and was one of 3 student-leaders who established the Cardboard Boat Regatta in 2001.

Pastor Eric Rivera

Friday, February 7, 2020
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Eric is the Lead Pastor at The Brook, a diverse church in Chicago. Eric is passionate for urban pastoral ministry and seeing God raise gospel-centered leaders. He married his High School sweetheart Erikah in 2003 and together are parents to Keziah, Lukas, and Levi. He earned his B.A. in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently at Trinity working on a Ph.D. in Historical Theology. In addition to serving at The Brook, Eric and Erikah are on the speaker team for Family Life’s Weekend To Remember getaways.


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. What lies has Satan whispered in your ear that Jesus wants to reverse?
2. In what ways does Jesus’ radical pursuit of the demon-possessed man remind you of his radical pursuit of you?
3. Where do you believe Jesus is telling you to “go” and testify about his goodness?

 

Songs from Chapel:

Do It Again

Great Are You Lord

How Great Thou Art

Dr. Paige Comstock Cunningham

Wednesday, February 5 , 2020
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Paige Comstock Cunningham, Ph.D., J.D. is serving as the Interim President of Taylor University.

Cunningham has served as a Taylor Trustee for 17 years, and is now stepping down from the Board in order to head a seamless leadership transition, succeeding outgoing President Lowell Haines.

Beyond her service at Taylor, Cunningham has extensive academic scholarship and professional qualifications for her new position, with significant experience in bioethics, public policy, and pro-life issues. She graduated from Taylor University (summa cum laude) and earned her J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, Master of Bioethics (summa cum laude) from Trinity International University and Ph.D. (Educational Studies) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Cunningham is currently the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and an affiliate professor at Trinity Law School and Trinity Graduate School. She was an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College for eight years and serves on the Advisory Board of the Wheaton College Center for Faith, Politics and Economics. Earlier in her career, she was Executive Director and General Counsel and later President of Americans United for Life, a national pro-life advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Cunningham and her husband Jay have three children and seven grandchildren.


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Songs from Chapel:

Christ is Enough

Tremble

The War is Over

Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Monday, February 17, 2020
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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 (10) and Hattie (3). 

NSLC

Friday, February 14, 2020
Sho Baraka Baraka

Amisho Baraka Lewis, better known by his stage name Sho Baraka, is an American Christian hip-hop artist, writer and public speaker who has recorded both independently and as a founding member of the 116 Clique. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves as the executive director of Terminus Collective, a network that is active in civic and cultural innovation.

Spiritual Renewal

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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Colin Smith (M.Phil, London School of Theology) is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a thriving, multi-campus church in the Chicago area. Colin’s teaching extends through Unlocking the Bible, a ministry that proclaims Christ through media, mobilizes believers in evangelism, and equips next-generation leaders for the church. He has also authored more than a dozen books. Colin and his wife Karen have two married sons and five granddaughters.

Spiritual Renewal

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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Colin Smith (M.Phil, London School of Theology) is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a thriving, multi-campus church in the Chicago area. Colin’s teaching extends through Unlocking the Bible, a ministry that proclaims Christ through media, mobilizes believers in evangelism, and equips next-generation leaders for the church. He has also authored more than a dozen books. Colin and his wife Karen have two married sons and five granddaughters.