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Spiritual Formation and Chapel


The mission of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

It is through the preaching and teaching of Scripture and the active pursuit of Christ through the Holy Spirit that true spiritual formation is possible—our VU Chapel gatherings, discipleship/small groups and various local church outreach opportunities at Vanguard are aimed at strengthening your faith and foundation in Christ and His Word.

Chapel & Spiritual Formation Content

The Spiritual Formation department's hope is to not only empower our students through VU Chapel experiences and discipleship efforts, but to provide resources for those inside and outside of our community as well.

Please visit our multiple online platforms from our SFD YouTube Channel to view Online Chapel Experiences to get a feel and understanding of what/Who we're about. Please visit us on our Instagram and Facebook pages for more content: 



Chapel Tracks

If you are a VU enrolled undergraduate student, please be on the lookout for an email from SFD at the beginning of each semester further explaining the Chapel Tracks process. Please note that not all Chapel Tracks applicants will be awarded Chapel credit requirements below the Board of Trustees required 30 credits per semester. Please email SFD@Vanguard.edu if you have any questions. 

Chapel Gatherings

Chapel Services are offered throughout the week on campus, offer challenging messages, impactful worship and an environment designed to help you grow spiritually. Students will have opportunity to contribute their creativity and spiritual gifts in Chapel throughout any given semester. 

Worship is an integral part of the VU community and foundational to the spiritual, intellectual, and social development that students will experience during their time at VU. Chapel services are intended as a time for the VU community to pursue God together and learn to respond to His leading through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Here is a list of current VU Chapel gatherings offered on a regular basis (Please note some Chapel times and meetings have changed due to COVID-19 health regulations. Many Chapels will also available online at our SFD YouTube Channel): 

Main VU Chapel Gatherings

  • Mondays EXCAVATE 8:00-8:50PM -Needham Chapel 
  • Tuesdays 9:30-10:20AM - Worship/Academic Center 
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:50AM - Worship/Academic Center 
  • Wednesday Liturgical Prayer 7:00-7:50AM - Great Commission Hall in Heath
  • Wednesdays SHINE 9:30-10:30PM - Worship/Academic Center 
  • Thursdays 9:30-10:20AM - Worship/Academic Center
  • La Capilla - 4th Monday @8pm - Needham Chapel 
  • Various Special Ministry Chapel Events TBA 
  • Online Chapel Experiences (please visit our SFD YouTube Channel to access our Online Chapel Experiences)

Alternative & Online Chapels

(Up to 50% of Student's total credit need)
Athletic Small Gatherings: BAM, Coach Led, etc.
Music or Theatre Chapel, Residence Life or Commuter Gatherings
Service/Outreach via GEO Mission Prep Meetings
SFD Approved Online Chapels
Other SFD Approved Alternative Chapel Requests 
For more questions please refer to the student handbook or email SFD@Vanguard.edu.

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Contact Us

Spiritual Formation Office

Reverend Michael Whitford, University Pastor | Associate Dean of Spiritual Formation

Krystal Baca, Associate Pastor

Asenath Casarez, Worship Pastor


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