Chapel Staff

Patrick ThomasDirector of Chapel Music and Worship 214-887-5373
Joe M. Allen, Jr.Campus Pastor 214-887-5362
Jenny FentonAssistant to the Campus Pastor 214-887-5363

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.

When/Where is Chapel?

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.

Chapel Requirements

All students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program are required to attend chapel during the fall and spring semesters. There is no chapel requirement during the summer or winter term.

Dallas Campus Students

The chapel requirement for Dallas Campus students is calculated according to the table below. For each day Tuesday-Friday students have daytime classes (anything from 7:45am-4:30pm), they must attend 10 chapels in person.

Days per week in daytime class (Tue-Fri) Total Chapel Requirement
4 40 Chapels
3 30 Chapels
2 20 Chapels
1 10 Chapels

Houston Campus Students

The chapel requirement for Houston campus students is 10 total chapels per semester. This can be completed with any combination of in person and online chapels. Chapels are posted online.

Online, Distance, and Monday/Weekend/Evening-only Students

The chapel requirement for online, distance, and Monday/weekend/evening-only students is 10 online chapels per semester. This can be completed through watching or listening to any chapel message from the current semester. Chapels are posted online.

DMin, PhD, and Non-degree students

There is no chapel requirement for DMin, PhD, and Non-degree students.

Chapel Reductions

If Dallas campus students are unable to meet their chapel requirement due to their work schedule or living too far off campus to attend chapel in person, they may submit a request for a chapel reduction during the first two weeks of each semester. If they have an employment-related change mid-semester, they may submit a request for a chapel reduction at that time. Chapel reduction requests can be submitted online.

Chapel Reporting

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 CampusNet under the current semester. Students must report on time or they will not receive any credit for the chapels they have attended.

Fall 2017

Reporting due by:
  • October 23 (for the first half of the semester)
  • December 22 (for the second half of the semester

Spring 2018

Reporting due by:

  • March 12 (for the first half of the semester)
  • May 11 (for the second half of the semester)

Consequences for Failing to Meet Chapel Requirements

Failure to attend chapel OR to not 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 (WEC)

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, online, distance, and Monday/weekend/evening-only students must view two WEC sessions online.

Contact Information

Location: 1st floor of the Walvoord Student Center

Phone Number: 214-887-5363

Email Address: chapel@dts.edu