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

  • Voices in Your Head

    “You’re not good enough!” “You can’t do this!” “You are worthless!” --- words that may run through your head when you put your head on the pillow at night. It’s when no one else is talking to you; you are alone with your thoughts in the dark of the night....

  • Partnering with God

     It’s really nice to be able to delegate responsibility to someone else for a tough issue. Nice because it lets us off the hook. It’s awfully easy to treat prayer like that – you’re up against something, so you pray and ask Jesus to help you. Then you might just...

  • A Little Whisper

     It would be really nice if God would write on the wall sometime. Just a note telling you what you should do with your life, how you should live, and what decision you should make. And perhaps most important, that what you are doing is really valuable. But it seems...