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 Bigger Picture

     You’ve probably experienced a range of emotions as you live through circumstances or events that take you off guard. You react. You eschew them. (there’s a new word!) And somehow, in the middle of it all you probably think it is such a waste of time and effort to have...

  • When Nothing Else Fits

     You’ve probably heard countless stories about how the soldier in battle turns to God as a last resort. Or the business person who’s between a rock and a hard place finally yields to God’s influence. Or maybe you’ve found yourself in a place where you had no where else to...

  • Into the Deep

     Imagine you are walking into a river. The water gets deeper and deeper. Soon you are at the point of barely being able to touch bottom, and you have to make a choice. Do you stay where your feet can touch and you have security? Or do you go forward...