When you become a Regent student, you join more than an academic community. You become part of a spiritual family. Students, professors and staff come alongside each other, supporting, encouraging and challenging growth in our relationship with God. A diverse community of people from many denominations, cultures, backgrounds and callings comprises the Regent family, all with an intentional focus on our shared Christ-centered values. That’s what makes us strong as we strive toward excellence in our studies, our work and our service to others.
Whether you’re studying online or on campus, you will find many ways to participate in the spiritual community at Regent. We invite you to experience the presence of God at Regent as you dive in fully to worship, pray, study, serve and connect. Explore Campus Ministries opportunities.
Wednesdays at 12 p.m. – Students, faculty and staff meet in the Shaw Chapel for a time of fellowship, worship and God’s Word. Chapel features multi-denominational worship for students and faculty; allowing for many Christian faith traditions to be represented through creed, music and guest speakers. University Chapels can be watched live!
Thursdays at 7 p.m. – The student body meets for UnChapel in the Shaw Chapel, creating a vibrant community of faith, hope and love for all Regent students — both undergraduate and graduate. UnChapel is a unifying worship experience with modern worship music, relevant teaching and an opportunity for prayer ministry at the end of each service. It is a Christian college experience that you will not want to miss! Regent students, faculty and staff are invited to watch some of our past chapels.
Every student is on a spiritual journey. Regent University Campus Ministries hopes to accompany and encourage you along the way. As believers, we are called to learn how to live and think more like Jesus in every aspect of life. Ultimately, we want to embark on the journey of growing into the image of the Son, Jesus Christ.
Vision: To be a catalyst that inspires every Regent student to live for the glory and kingdom of God.
Mission: Campus Ministries fosters Christian community, cultivates spiritual growth and equips students to fulfill The Great Commission for every vocation.
Theme for the Year: Campus Ministries is thrilled to announce the theme for the 2023-2024 academic year, which will encompass all University Chapels, UnChapel services, and connect groups: “Flourishing in His Image: Believing, Beholding, and Becoming.” This year, we are inspired by 2 Cor. 3:18 and will focus on the transformative power of fixing our gaze upon Jesus, believing in His glory, and growing into a reflection of Christ’s image.
For more information about any of these areas, feel free to contact our office.
Life is better together! Join us for Connect Groups on Tuesday nights this semester for a time of fellowship, in-depth discussion, and application of our theme Flourishing in His Image: Believing, Beholding, and Becoming. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If accountability, discipleship and Christian leadership are important to you, Connect Groups will encourage your spiritual vitality. Our leaders undergo extensive training and receive ongoing support through Campus Ministries. Connect Groups are available to residential and commuter students.
Campus Ministries offers service opportunities to equip and encourage our students to reach out and become involved in the community. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Please check back soon for upcoming Campus Ministries special events!
Serve Teams are an opportunity to serve the Regent community through volunteering for Chapel and UnChapel services. Please click here for more information and to sign up.
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Dr. Jeff Gossmann
Following a call toward ministry in Christian higher education, Jeff Gossmann moved his family of six to Virginia from Central Texas in 2014. He earned his MDiv in 2017 from Regent’s School of Divinity and his Doctor of Strategic Leadership in 2022 from Regent’s School of Business and Leadership. Dr. Jeff has followed Jesus for over 25 years and, in that time, has served as a worship leader, songwriter, assistant pastor, adjunct Biblical studies and leadership professor, an author, and now as the Director of Campus Ministries at Regent University. Dr. Jeff and his wife, Kelli, have four children together and enjoy downtime at their home in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Joy is passionate about creating space for others to encounter the love of God and all that can be found in His presence. Worship and healthy discipleship are part of her love language, if there is one! She finds much joy, no pun intended, in partnering with the heart of God to awaken and affirm identity in Christ for each student she is blessed to work with. She has worked in Campus Ministries for eight years. Joy serves as the Worship and Student Care Manager. She holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in elementary education. Joy is happily married to her husband, Rhett, of 16 years, and they have two amazing children, Ashlyn and Rhett-Zayne.
Rev. (Dr.) Lance Bacon earned his Ph.D. in Theology from Regent University in 2022. He has taught at Regent since 2016 and delights in his role as an assistant professor of Christian Ministry and Theology. Bacon is an ordained bishop in the Church of God and has served as a senior pastor since 2004. He is married to Rev. Crystal Bacon, and together they have four wonderful children whom they affectionately call “the Bacon bits.” They have pastored Greater Discipleship Center (Church of God) in Hampton since 2012. Bacon also spent 20 years covering military issues and operations as a journalist and editor, and eight years in active Marine Corps service. He is the author of the books The Scariest Word in the Bible and Hero Dogs: Secret Missions and Selfless Service.
Vanessa loves Jesus and people. She is passionate about helping people become who they were created to be. Drawing on her life experiences and her love of learning, she seeks to always move people toward Jesus, encouraging them through challenges and helping to bring clarity and truth to their circumstances. Vanessa holds an MBA in Non-profit Management from Regent University. As a recovering overachiever, Vanessa seeks freedom from the world’s expectations to more fully live up to the only expectations that matter – God’s.
After graduating from Regent in 2022, Gabby stayed to pursue her graduate education in psychology. She is passionate about journeying with others to know Christ deeply, encounter His transforming love and find wholeness in Him. Gabby serves as the Chapel & Special Events Coordinator and oversees Serve Teams. Her favorite parts of her job are journeying alongside students as they grow in Christ and connecting with ministry partners so they can glimpse the special transforming work God is doing in the lives of students at Regent. When she is not in school or at work, you can find her with her family or friends, enjoying rich conversations, researching international development topics, hiking, going on adventures, reading, or doing something creative.