Chapel is a time for our students, faculty, and staff to reflect during our busy weeks, and the services are open for the public as well.
To graduate, every student must present a certificate of chapel attendance with at least 85% attendance each semester. Chapel attendance will be recorded weekly through the use of the Chapel Student Attendance sign-in sheet.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the Current President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association), America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization with 40,118 member churches. Rodriguez leads an organization identified as the Hispanic faith leaders in support of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Education, Justice and Youth. Rodriguez earned his Master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University. Currently he pursues a doctoral degree in Organizational Management and Behavior. He is an Assemblies of God Ordained Minister since the age of 23. Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, CA where he resides in California with his wife of 23 years, Eva and their three children.
Don Newbury is the Chancellor of Howard Payne University, an honorary title. His time is now spent with a rigorous speaking schedule. He has now made more than 5,700 platform appearances that started 52 years ago. He is the author of 10 books in retirement, and his weekly column of humor and inspiration now appears in about 200 newspapers with circulation of about one million. He has been married to Brenda for 47 years. They live in Fort Worth and have three children and six grandchildren.
Dr. Suzii Paynter of Austin, Texas, became the third executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Atlanta GA. The CBF is an national and international community of individuals, churches and global mission partners. For more than twenty years, CBF has been driven by its mission to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission. CBF maintains a national and international network of churches, field personnel and chaplains.
She has served congregations alongside her husband, Roger Paynter, who currently pastors First Baptist Austin and teaches at the Seminary of the Southwest.
Dr. Mike Flores became Palo Alto College’s sixth President on September 19, 2012. A native Texan, Dr. Flores has spent 19 years in higher education and has held all three Vice President positions at Palo Alto College. Born in Del Rio, Dr. Flores is a 1987 graduate of Holmes High School in Northside ISD in San Antonio. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in Political Science from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Dr. Flores lives in south San Antonio with his wife Martha, a talented art director, and their daughter, Mara Zoe, in a 1920’s bungalow.
Dr. Sloan graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1970. He earned the Master of Divinity degree magna cum laude from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1973. He conducted post-baccalaureate research at the University of Bristol, England, from 1973 to 1974 and earned the Doktor der Theologie insigni cum laude from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1978.
Dr. Sloan was born in Coleman, Texas, and grew up in Abilene. He is married to the former Sue Collier of Cisco, Texas. The Sloans have seven children, two daughters-in-law, and four sons-in-law: Charissa and Derrick; Bryan and Amy; Eraina and Bryan; Michael and Allison; Alathea and Justin; Sophie and Mac; and Paul. They also have thirteen grandchildren.
Born and raised in Conroe, Texas, Dorrell completed two degrees from Baylor University (B.A. Religion; MA. Environmental Studies), a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1978), and a Doctor of Ministry (1993) degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). After moving into a blighted North Waco with his wife (Janet) and four children in 1982, he founded (1992) and is Executive Director of Mission Waco/Mission World www.missionwaco.org, a urban ministry with over fifty staff and numerous holistic programs to empower the poor and marginalized in his community. Dorrell also has been pastor of Church Under the Bridge for over twenty years. He has written three books, served on numerous boards, and traveled extensively to Haiti, Mexico City and India. Jimmy is also an adjunct professor at Baylor and George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Bakke Graduate University.
Sammy Lopez was born the “son of a preacher man,” but vowed never to follow in his father’s footsteps. God had another plan.
Raised among a family of pastors, including his grandfather and two uncles in addition to his father, Sammy often saw the difficult side of ministry. Because his father was a pastor and church planter, his family moved often around the state of Texas and Arizona. By the age of 13, Sammy began to recognize hypocrisy of church members and the brutal way they would often treat his parents. As a result, Sammy developed a bitterness that crept into his heart, and quit following the Lord. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that Sammy gave his life back to Christ and surrendered to ministry.
Today, Sammy is Lead Pastor of Mighty Fortress Christian Fellowship in San Antonio, TX, and one of the most sought-after Hispanic communicators in the nation, speaking to thousands of people of all ages each year. He has been seen on “The 700 Club,” TBN, ManaVision T.V. and Daystar Christian Television.
Sammy has worked with ministries and organizations including Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Team First and Goal Inc.
In addition to ministry, Sammy was able to live out his childhood dream in December 2006 when he was invited to try out with the Austin Wranglers in the Arena Football League. Though Pastor Sammy has concluded his free agency in the AFL, he desires to use his experiences as a testimony to proclaim that the Lord grants His children the desires of their hearts. He is married and has one daughter.
Sammy is a relevant, humorous and Biblically challenging communicator. His personal experience allows him to easily relate to individuals who have turned away from the church or are facing difficulties with their faith.
Sammy is an Ambassador and on the Speakers Bureau for the ministry organization I Am Second.
Dr. Tillman is a faculty member at Logdson Seminary. He served on the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1977-1981. He is married to Leta Ruth Meek Tillman and they have two sons.
Thursday, November 7
Enio currently serves with the North American Mission Board, SBC as Disaster Relief Chaplaincy & Ethnic Relations National Coordinator. He also serves with the US Air Force – Air National Guard as Senior Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel, 165th Airlift Wing, Savannah, Georgia.