Those outside our campus community are welcome to worship and learn with us. Services are livestreamed on Tuesday mornings and shared to Facebook on Tuesday afternoon.


During the school year, the Johnson community gathers every Tuesday and Thursday morning for chapel services. Chapel is an opportunity to regularly set all other distractions aside, to focus our collective hearts and minds on Christ, and, by his Spirit, to worship and commune with God as one campus body.

Chapel services include prayer, singing, and a variety of speakers ranging from visiting missionaries, ministers, community leaders, and other special guests to JU’s own faculty, staff, and students. In addition, this year we’ll be exploring “Listening Practice.” Dallas Willard says that we learn to hear and discern God’s voice from experience. So on Thursdays we will practice listening to God together.

Fall 2023 Schedule

Date Speaker
August 22 Convocation
August 24 Tommy Smith, President
August 29 Lydia Emerson, Worship Chaplain
August 31 Listening Practice
September 5 Brandon Perry (Athletic Director)
September 7 Listening Practice
September 12 Philip Dearborn (President, Association of Biblical Higher Education, Orlando, FL)
September 14 Listening Practice
September 19 Missions Emphasis Week
September 20 Missions Emphasis Week
September 21 Missions Emphasis Week
September 26 Brian Leslie (Director of Youth & Children’s Ministries, Associate Professor of Ministry Leadership)
September 28 Listening Practice
October 3 Santiago Fuentes (Speaker, Forge – Denver, CO)
October 5 Santiago Fuentes (Speaker, Forge – Denver, CO)
October 10 Susana Lopez (Pastor, Iglesia del Espiritua Santo Metodista Unida, Sevierville, TN)
October 12 Hispanic Heritage Month Service
October 17 Stephanie Freed (CEO & Co-Founder, Rapha House International, Joplin, MO)
October 19 Fall Break
October 24 Senior Sermon: Jordyn Young
October 26 Steve Cuss (Author, “Managing Leadership Anxiety,” Broomfield, CO)
October 31 Mental Health Awareness Week
November 1 Mental Health Awareness Week
November 2 Mental Health Awareness Week
November 7 Senior Sermon: Parker Whiteside
November 9 Listening Practice
November 14 Listening Practice
November 16 Daryl Arnold (Senior Pastor, Overcoming Believers Church, Knoxville, TN)
November 28 Senior Sermon: Tyler Tate
November 30 Listening Practice
December 5 Rachel Grindle (Campus Minister)
December 7 Listening Practice


Chapel Groups

Chapel Groups meet every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in place of our large chapel gatherings. Students have a choice between attending one of seven small groups based on a topic, or being placed in a mentor group that consists of six peers and a mentor group leader.

    Chapel Prayers

    The PW Auditorium Prayer Room is open before, during, or after chapel for students to pray with a faculty/staff member about anything they’d like. No sign up necessary. If you are a faculty/staff member who would like to volunteer to pray with students, please sign up here.

    Jesus Questions

    Do you have Jesus Questions? We definitely do not have all the answers, but we would love to help in any way we can! If that’s you, please . Also, check out the “Jesus Questions” Wednesday Chapel Group!

    Chapel Announcements

    Have an announcement that you would like to be shared with the student body? Please fill out this form to get started!


    For the purpose of tracking chapel attendance, Johnson University Tennessee uses the iAttended app. Students will scan their student ID before and after each chapel service to receive credit for their attendance. The scans are then manually entered into iAttended within a week of the chapel attended.


    Online Credit Opportunities

    Johnson University recognizes that some students are physically unable to attend chapel on campus. Therefore, JU offers three different opportunities for students to earn chapel credit online. To apply to earn credit online, complete this form, obtain the necessary signature, and and submit it to the Chapel Office within the first three weeks of the semester or within two weeks of the chapel service(s) missed.

    During the Fall 2023 semester, students in need of chapel credits can earn them by watching the following mediums in the prioritized order they are listed:

    JU Chapel Livestream (1 credit per service)
    All Tuesday chapel services will be livestreamed this semester. If you have missed a Tuesday chapel service, please watch the service recorded on the Livestream before proceeding to the other online chapel credit options.

    Bible Project Podcast (1 credit per episode)
    Holy Spirit Series
    Luke-Acts Series
    Parables Series
    Wisdom Series

    JU Sermon Archives (1 credit per service)
    Jody Owens (October 3, 2013)
    Aaron Wright (September 22, 2015)
    Chris Battle (March 29, 2016)
    Daryl Arnold (October 25, 2018)
    Taylor Brown (September 17, 2019)
    Bill Wolf (January 15, 2020)
    Chrystal Brown (February 4, 2021)
    Josh Fish (October 13, 2022)
    Lydia Emerson (January 17, 2023)
    Renee Kesler (February 14, 2023)
    Brandon Perry (March 9, 2023)
    Blake Wynn (April 11, 2023)

    Upon the approval of your application, please complete the following steps to receive credit:

    • Watch/listen to the video, podcast, or service you have chosen.
    • In a Word document or in the body of an email, summarize each video, podcast, or service you have watched in 150 words or more by answering the following questions:
      • What was the service order?
      • What was the primary theme of the message or service?
      • What were the stories told, Scriptures cited, or things done in the service that supported or developed that theme?
      • How might the theme relate to you and your life situation?
    • Submit your summary to the chapel teaching assistant within two weeks of the service missed.