Chapel Staff

Joe M. Allen, Jr.

DTS Campus Pastor
214-887-5362
jallen@dts.edu

Stephanie Reynolds

Assistant to the Campus Pastor
214-887-5363
sreynolds@dts.edu

Patrick Thomas

Director of Chapel Music and Worship
214-887-5373
pthomas@dts.edu

General Contact Information

Place: 2nd Floor, Stearns Hall
           Dallas Campus

Phone: 214-887-5363

Email: chapel@dts.edu

Houston Chapel Staff

Stanley Newton

Director of Community Relations & Formation Ministry, DTS-Houston
713-917-3924
snewton@dts.edu

Tom Lee

Weekend Warrior, DTS-Houston
713-917-3920
tlee@dts.edu

DTS-Houston Contact Information

Phone: 713-917-3931

Purpose of Chapel

The administration and faculty strongly believe in the great contribution and vital role of chapel and its ministry of encouragement, worship, and community development. Prayer needs, campus announcements, and items of general interest are all shared during this community time of rest, relief, and renewal. The mission of the Chaplain’s Office is to glorify God by encouraging the spiritual life of the DTS family by providing pastoral ministry, coordinating chapels, facilitating campus prayer and supporting the Spiritual Life Board.

Chapel Times & Locations

Dallas

During the fall and spring semesters, chapel is held from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in Lamb Auditorium on the first floor of the Campbell Academic Center. During the summer sessions, chapel is held every Wednesday from 10:10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lamb Auditorium. 

Houston

DTS-Houston hosts a dozen live chapels each fall and spring semester. Chapel times are typically 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no live chapels on the Houston campus during the spring semester of 2021.

Washington, DC

DTS-DC normally offers two live chapel services on Washington, DC campus per semester. Both chapels will be held at Burke Community Church, or on zoom, from 11:45am – 12:30pm. Email udang@dts.edu for zoom link.

  • Sat, Feb 6 – Dr. Glenn Kreider
  • Sat, April 24 – Dr. John Hannah

Dallas Chapel Registration

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating in Lamb Auditorium. By showing up for chapel, you are agreeing to abide by the DTS mask and social distancing policies, which include wearing a mask for the duration of the chapel event. While there will not be assigned seats, you will be asked to sign in using a QR code upon arrival in Lamb. We are no longer requiring pre-registration and you are welcome to join us if we have space. As a reminder, for Dallas campus students, attendance in person is required. For those who are unable or uncomfortable attending chapel in person, all chapels this spring will be lived-streamed at www.dts.edu/live.

Chapel Requirements

Chapel requirements are re-instated for the spring 2021 semester.

All studentsall campuses, extension sites, and onlinewho are enrolled in a masters degree or certificate program are required to attend chapel during the fall and spring semesters. (For a list of exempt degrees and programs, see below). There are no chapel requirements during the summer or winter terms. The fall and spring chapel requirement for each student is calculated based on credit hours according to the table below. 

Credit Hours

Chapels Required per Semester

9+26
6–814
<68

Students enrolled only in Spiritual Formation, an internship, or a thesis are expected to meet the minimum requirement of 8 chapels per semester.

How to Fulfill Your Chapel Requirement

For Dallas Campus students, attendance in person is expected at Chapel. Chapel is integral to the educational experience at DTS and physical attendance at chapel should be prioritized in the same way as it is for classes. Students whose schedules do not permit them to be on campus during chapel may make up their chapel requirement online.

Chapels are posted online at voice.dts.edu/chapel and are available on iTunes. In order to count toward a student’s chapel requirement, chapels viewed online must be from the current semester.

For Houston and Washington, DC students, the chapel requirement may be completed with any combination of live and online chapels. Students are highly encouraged to attend on-campus chapels for worship and for fellowship with faculty, alumni speakers, and one-another.

Online chapels are posted at voice.dts.edu/chapel and are available on iTunes. In order to count toward a student’s chapel requirement, online chapels viewed must be from the current semester. Houston specific chapels are posted here for your convenience.

For Online, Distance, and Extension students (including Passion Global Institute students), the entirety of the chapel requirement may be met online.

Chapels are posted online at voice.dts.edu/chapel and are available on iTunes. In order to count toward a student’s chapel requirement, chapels viewed online must be from the current semester.

There are no chapel requirements for students enrolled in the following:

  • MABEL, DMin, PhD degree programs,
  • Non-degree programs,
  • the Chinese Studies program, or
  • DTS en Español programs

World Evangelization Conference

In addition, as part of the regular chapel requirement for the spring term, attendance is required for the World Evangelization Conference (WEC) in March. All Dallas campus students must attend two WEC plenary sessions, and are strongly encouraged to attend as many additional sessions as possible. Houston, DC, online, distance and extension students are required to view two WEC plenary sessions online. All students can come to the Dallas campus to attend the conference in person, and there is no charge for the conference.

Online WEC sessions are available at voice.dts.edu/chapel-series.

WEC attendance/viewing is reported with the regular chapel report at the end of the spring semester.,

Chapel Reporting

Students are responsible to keep track of their own chapel attendance. At the end of the fall and spring semesters, students report that they have met the semester’s required chapels. Chapel participation is reported on Canvas under the current semester. Students do not need to report which chapels they participated in, only that they met the number required of them. Students must report on time, or they will not receive any credit for the chapels they have attended (whether in person or online).

Failure to meet your chapel requirement and/or report by the deadline is considered a violation of the chapel policy. Repeated violations will result in a notice sent to you from the Dean of Students.