Welcome from the College Chaplain,
Dr. Stephen Kellough
As the College Chaplain or campus pastor, I have the responsibility of overseeing the spiritual life of the campus community - students, faculty, and staff. It is my prayer that students, faculty, and staff will be furthered in the knowledge and the love of the Lord during their time at Wheaton.
My pastoral responsibilities include coordinating on-campus worship and networking the spiritual life resources of the community. With thousands of members, the Wheaton College community has cares and concerns that number far beyond the scope of a single chaplain's capacity for ministry. So I depend on the pastoral gifts and spiritual sensitivities of many people on campus who supplement and extend the ministerial duties and pastoral care of the Office of the Chaplain.
The most visible part of the work of the Chaplain's office involves the development and implementation of a Chapel program that works at building community, enabling worship, and fostering Christlikeness. Three times a week, students enter the worship environment of Edman Chapel to experience a needed respite from the busyness of campus life. By mere attendance in Chapel students contribute to a sense of corporate community, and in participatory worship students encourage the faith development of their peers. As an experience shared by the entire community, Chapel stimulates campus-wide discussion of current issues and ideas. View the Chapel Schedule.
Discipleship Small Group
The Discipleship Small Group ministry also serves to encourage students 'to walk as Jesus walked' as they journey together during their years at Wheaton. As a student-led ministry coordinated by Clayton Keenon in the Chaplain's Office, interested students are organized into small groups that provide a safe haven among peers, allowing for mutual support and encouragement, safety in struggle, and a place to become more like Christ.
In addition to my role as chaplain, the staff of the Chaplain's Office at Wheaton includes Clayton Keenon (Coordinator of Discipleship Small Groups and Graduate Chapel), Jennifer Little (Discipleship Small Groups Graduate Resident Assistant), Marilyn Brenner (Office Coordinator), Sarah Beasley Graham (Office Assistant), and four Student Chaplains. In the 2012-2013 school year, the Student Chaplains are Kathryn Bradford, John-Paul Heres, Susan Millikan, and Matthew Vega. The Student Chaplains function as consultants and advisors to the Chaplain's Office while exercising their own gifts of ministry among their fellow students. The work of the Chaplain's Office is also enhanced through gifts in music and worship offered by the Chapel Worship Team led by senior Megan Romberger, and through the discipleship ministry provided by students serving on the Discipleship Small Groups Cabinet. An informal Student Chapel Advisory Committee also meets every other week to offer invaluable feedback and ideas to lend added inspiration to the chapel program.
The Chaplain's Office desires to be a "safe place" for members of the community to find pastoral care, encouragement, and affirmation in being, belonging, and becoming. Though I am the campus pastor, this does not mean that the College considers itself a church. It isn't. Students are encouraged to become active in a local church (View a listing of churches in the area (PDF)). But during the time students are enrolled at Wheaton, I desire to be their campus pastor and want to know them personally. My door is open. The Chaplain's Office is located in the Beamer Student Center - at ext. 5087.
Gold Star Chapel
Gold Star Chapel, located in the Beamer Student Center, is a small memorial chapel always open for personal prayer and meditation. To insure its availability for individual use, Gold Star Chapel cannot be reserved for group functions.