The Spiritual Life Department coordinates spiritual life activities for the university. The department schedules chapel services that emphasize worship, the Word of God, and real-life stories of God’s grace leading to personal encounters with Him. The department also oversees CROSSwalk Student Ministries – a student-led ministry organization.
Spiritual Life Mission Statement
The Spiritual Life Department partners with students toward holistic development through spiritual formation, discipleship and service to engage in Christ-centered living.
Find your place to grow! You can participate in large chapel services, smaller chapel services, and small group discipleship opportunities.
University Chapels are held three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in Robert H. Spence Chapel. Chapel services emphasize worship, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the surrender of our lives to God’s love and purpose.
Sandbox Chapels on Wednesdays offer a less structured and informal time of worship, devotion and prayer. These chapels are led by the CROSSwalk Sandbox Leadership Team.
On Mondays, students from the Theology and Global Church Ministries Department provide a chapel service of worship and preaching held in the Seymour Chapel at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). This service provides a unique opportunity for upper-level students to preach and minister to their peers.
Concerning chapel attendance, we believe discipleship and spiritual growth happen best in relationship with others. Chapel services are important for engaging in authentic spiritual relationships within smaller group settings, which is even more critical to spiritual growth. To promote and encourage spiritual growth, students must earn 33 chapel/discipleship attendance credits each semester.
CROSSwalk is the student ministry organization of the University, which seeks to support students by cultivating a spiritually transformative community on campus. Through the leadership of its Ministry Board, CROSSwalk offers opportunities for holistic discipleship on and off-campus so students can enhance their relationships with God, deepen their relationships with others, and engage in hands-on ministry.
CROSSwalk believes faith grows deepest in the context of meaningful and consistent relationships. On every residence hall floor, athletics team, and among commuters, Discipleship Leaders are appointed and developed through CROSSwalk to lead small groups and provide spiritual support to their peers.
CROSSwalk also sponsors ongoing ministry teams that provide chapel opportunities and spiritual support to students. Whether you’re passionate about art, music, mental health, or intercessory prayer, CROSSwalk offers a community where you can engage with an integrated faith.
Local Community Engagement
Though it’s easy for students to enroll in Evangel without becoming attached to the city around us, CROSSwalk believes connecting with our community is an essential part of Christian service. We focus on partnering with local non-profit organizations and churches so students can become active participants in the community while they’re residents in Springfield. By partnering with the Center for Compassion, we send teams out every week to serve with organizations that care for people in need.
National and Global Service
In addition to local service, CROSSwalk sponsors ministry teams that travel around the country to join with local churches and congregations through worship and service. Rain and Catalyst are our longest-serving groups, which include preaching, worship, and arts to minister the gospel.
CROSSwalk also partners with Global Connections to send teams of students to countries around the world. Through these trips, students gain a global perspective of God’s Kingdom by experiencing the gospel through the lens of other cultures.
Investing in and building relationships with young people is Greg’s sweet spot. He has worked with university-age young people for 40 years in various educational and missions settings in the United States and overseas, including 25 years living and teaching in South Africa. At Evangel, you will often see him having lunch with a student in the Joust or lingering at the end of a chapel service to talk and pray with students. Loving, encouraging, and influencing this generation is what motivates him every day.
Greg earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Bible College (CBC) and a master’s degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). He earned a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education from Nova University. Greg has served in various pastoral and leadership roles in the local church and in Christian higher education, including serving 25 years as a missionary to South Africa. While in South Africa, he served as President of Cape Theological Seminary (Cape Town) and later as Area Director of South Africa.
Starla Gooch serves the Evangel community as the Associate Campus Pastor, overseeing Student Ministries and Discipleship. She is the staff sponsor of CROSSwalk, and works closely with its student leaders to facilitate spiritual formation of individuals on campus, mobilizing them to serve as servant leaders in their local communities and across the globe. She has a B.A. in Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.