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

  • A Different Response

     Somebody just hurt you or offended you; or maybe said something about you that hurts deeply. It happens all the time. Instinct says to get defensive, to pick up the spear and throw it back at them. Or maybe you just deny and ignore it. Clearly if it is blatant...

  • High Points

     A number of years ago when my father first came to visitSouthern California, he made an interesting comment I will never forget. As we drove the 10 Freeway east towardSan Bernardino, he said, “Well, you can never get lost around here. As long as you can see the high points...

  • Getting Your Way

     One of the greatest battles parents have to deal with is helping their children realize they may not always get their own way. Whether it’s having to comply with direction from their parent or giving up a toy to another child. Either way they don’t get their way. We all...