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

  • Moment by Moment


    With every step there always seems to be something that comes up to complicate things.  Just about the time you have it all worked out, something else pops up.  Frustration mounts.  And your emotions go up and down like a roller coaster.  You’re exhilarated that you found a solution,...

  • Loyalty

    Every one of us has probably experienced a time when loyalties have been tested - and even broken. Someone you thought was loyal to you turned out to betray you or undermine you in some hurtful way; you're left with unanswered questions. Why? How could they? What got into them?...

  • Where's Your Hope?

     You probably have no trouble living through hard days and heavy circumstances. Most people do it at some point in their life – or multiple times. The hard part is if you have no hope in the middle of it all. Hope gives life. Hope gives confidence. Hope gives motivation...