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

  • The Life-Giving Difference

     When you look at the ashes in the bottom of the fireplace, there is no way to think of them as having any life at all. Spent, burned, useless, finished, dry – those are the words you might use to describe them. When a pastor or priest puts ashes on...

  • What's Your Fragrance?

    We stopped at an Olive Garden restaurant to get dinner.  I asked for pasta with olive oil and a side of garlic that I could put all over it.  I love garlic.  Later that evening while giving my wife a hug, she crinkled her nose and politely but firmly told...

  • Friend or Examiner?

     Any time someone examines you, it feels scary. The auditor shows up and you feel scrutinized, under the microscope, somewhat frightened, and intimidated. The teacher examines your knowledge of the last chapter of the text; the police officer points the radar gun at your car; the supervisor comes to examine...