APU as a Spiritual Community

The Office of the Chaplain at Azusa Pacific University is a manifestation of the priority we place on our Christ-centered identity as a spiritual community of disciples and scholars engaged in the enterprise of higher education. The Office of the Chaplain exists to center the university spiritually as a means to encourage and support our mission of advancing the work of God in the world. Three principal areas serve as the ministry focus in bringing spiritual care to the APU community: faculty and staff, graduate students, and church collaboration.

Each of these areas represents a significant emphasis within the university community through which we strive to reflect Christ in all we do. The office provides spiritual care to those who shape our community–faculty and staff persons—through a variety of ministries including Christian gatherings, prayer, spiritual resources, and personal ministry. Spiritual care is also provided to our graduate students with the help of regional chaplains through a ministry program called SoulQuest, which was developed for our graduate programs. The church collaboration emphasis provides general oversight and guidance through the APU Church Collaboration Committee to all university departments and schools in partnerships with churches and Christian organizations.

The Office of the Chaplain welcomes any opportunity to reflect the nature of Christ and our Wesleyan Holiness identity as a university. Please feel free to email or call if we may be of any help to you.

Serving Christ,
Kevin Mannoia, Ph.D.

Articles and Devotionals

  • Seeing Others

     Again in the news there are accounts of shootings, killings, tension, demonstrations. Recently in NY, NC, and WA more have died – victims of another human hand. In some cases it is a result of authority that is overbearing. Whether police force takes the life of a young black person...

  • Rip-Rap

    It is very common for people who live in the mountains to provide channels through their property for rainwater. They do this by cutting V-shaped ditches where they want the water to flow when it rains. Small rocks or rubble are stacked along each side of the V-shaped ditch to...

  • Roadwork

    Turning onto the street you notice large square steel plates covering holes the workmen made in the roadway to access subterranean systems – sewage, electrical, gas. Before putting a fresh layer of asphalt, hidden work needs to be done to handle the growth in the community. A good-looking road would...

  • Welcome

     Welcome to the new academic year! I pray that this year will provide opportunities for you to embrace new patterns of thinking and a deeper walk with Christ. Our hope is for this to be a transformational year. To that end, the Chaplain’s Office stands ready to help you in...

  • Proposed Amendments of SB 1146 Will Lead AFBI to Support Legislation

    The Association of Faith-Based Institutions (AFBI) is supportive of proposed amendments of Senate Bill 1146, which will protect Cal Grants for students who choose to attend a religious college or university.