Chapel Staff

Joe M. Allen, Jr.DTS Campus Pastor 214-887-5362
Willie J. BoldenExecutive Director of Community and Church Relations, DTS–Houston; Adjunct Professor in Pastoral Ministries and Educational Ministries and Leadership 713-917-3931
Stephanie ReynoldsAssistant to the Campus Pastor 214-887-5363
Patrick Thomas
Patrick ThomasDirector of Chapel Music and Worship 214-887-5373

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.

Chapel Times & Locations

Dallas

During the fall and spring semesters, chapel is held from 10:40 to 11:20 a.m. Tuesday through 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 three thematic chapel weeks each fall and spring semester. Chapel times during these weeks are typically 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Washington, DC

DTS-DC offers two live chapel services on Washington, DC campus per semester.

Chapel Requirements

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

12+ 40
9–11 30
6–8 20
<6 10

Students enrolled only in Spiritual Formation, an internship, or a thesis are expected to meet the minimum requirement of 10 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. 

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

Chapel Reporting

Students are responsible to keep track of their own chapel attendance. At the midpoint and end of the fall and spring semesters, students report that they have met at least half of the semester’s required chapels. Chapel attendance is reported on Canvas under the current semester. Students must report on time or they will not receive any credit for the chapels they have attended.

Fall 2018 Reporting due by:
  • October 22 (for the first half of the semester)
  • December 21 (for the second half of the semester)
Spring 2019 Reporting due by:
  • March 11 (for the first half of the semester)
  • May 13 (for the second half of the semester)

Consequences for Failing to Meet Chapel Requirements

Failure to attend chapel OR report your chapels on time is considered a violation of the chapel policy. Repeated violations will result in follow-up from the Dean of Students.

World Evangelization Conference

Attendance is required for the spring World Evangelization Conference (WEC) in addition to the regular chapel requirements for the semester. Dallas campus students must attend the conference for at least two full days (all regular sessions scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) or at least five individual sessions throughout the week. Houston campus, Washington DC campus, online, distance, and extension students must view two WEC sessions online, available at voice.dts.edu/chapel-series.

Chaplain's Office Information

For the Seminary at Large

1st floor of the Walvoord Student Center, Dallas Campus

214-887-5363

chapel@dts.edu

For the Houston Campus

DTS-Houston Offices

713-917-3931