Tuesday, October 3

Spiritual Deepening Week Began With an Emphasize on “Becoming…” and Community   

By Claudia Villeda

Richard Griffiths from richardgriffiths.info

The Trevecca community welcomed Rev. Richard Griffiths as speaker for the week. 

With the chapel theme of the year being “Becoming…”. Griffiths will lean into the theme by sharing messages on “competence, character and community”, said Erik Gernand, university chaplain. 

Griffiths is lead pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene in New York City. Born in Jamaica but raised in Queens and the Bronx, Griffiths became “a cultural hybrid” and an “intergenerational bridge-builder.” Griffiths has served as a young adult pastor and is the founding pastor of Vine Church in New Rochelle. Griffiths values “relevantly communicating God’s love and timeless perspective on purposeful living.”

“Richard is a very personable, smart, fun-loving pastor with a deep love for the Lord and his church …  I’m thrilled that our students and community are going to get to hear him teach on the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives,” said Gernand. 

Spiritual leaders on campus emphasize the importance of Spiritual Deepening week in building and shaping community on campus. 

“Spiritual deepening week is a time to reflect, be expectant, and remember truly our purpose as God’s loved creation. We are created to worship, and I believe that this week is an amazing opportunity to get to do that every day with such an incredible community of people,” said Carrington Ray, ASB chaplain. 

The extra chapel opportunities involving “worship, teaching, and the work of God in our lives” builds Christian identity of the community, according to Gernand.  

All Spiritual Deepening chapel services will be held at Boone Convocation Center except for the Tuesday night chapel at the TCC Sanctuary. More details on the iAttended app. 

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