Chapel Staff

Joe M. Allen, Jr.

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

Paige E. Nichols

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

Patrick Thomas

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

General Contact Information

Place: Student Center

Phone: 214-887-5363

Email: chapel@dts.edu

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, and Friday in Chafer Chapel. During the summer sessions, chapel is held every Wednesday from 10:10 to 10:30 a.m. in Chafer Chapel.

Houston

DTS-Houston hosts ten live chapels each fall and spring semester. Chapel times are typically 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Thursday or Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

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, Sep.18 – Dr. George Hillman
  • Sat, Nov. 13 – Dr. Michael Svigel

Chapel Requirements

All students whether in person or online who 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 for free by subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

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,
  • DTS en Español programs
  • The Chinese Studies program: only those who cannot access DTS chapel without VPN

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students will be able to submit their requirement response in Canvas. There will be a course invite sent out to all required students after the semester begins. Please follow the prompts to respond either “yes” or “no” to fulfilling the entire requirement. We expect students to submit their responses truthfully and responsibly as believers in Christ.

Students need to simply select “yes” or “no” to meeting their full requirement. Paper reports, notes, and specific chapels attended are not necessary. Chapel is intended for the community benefit and refreshment of the student body, not as an assignment.

For the Fall 2021 Semester, all responses are due December 17th. You will only need to submit your chapel requirement once at the end of the semester.

Students are encouraged to attend all of WEC, however, they are only required to attend all three plenary sessions. WEC will happen March 8-10 of 2022 with one plenary session per day. Details will follow closer to the event.

WEC is separate from your chapel requirement. This means you need to complete your full requirement for chapel, plus attend all three WEC plenary sessions, at minimum.