Chapel is held on Wednesdays at 10 am and 11 am in the W.W. Walton Chapel building. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Dr. Danny P. Reeves currently serves as the Senior Pastor at the FBC of Corsicana, TX as well as serving as the President of the Texas Baptist Convention. He did his undergraduate studies at Howard Payne University and then went on to achieve his Masters and Doctoral degrees at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor. He loves lifting weights and bass fishing, and he is a huge fan of the Baylor Bears, the Chicago Cubs, and the Dallas Cowboys! He is married to his wife of 25 years, Charissa, and they have 3 great kids: Courtney, Emily, and Ryan. Emily is a freshman at UMHB this year!!
Fabian is regarded as the top bullying speaker in the nation. His message includes social and emotional learning techniques to help students have positive relationships. In addition to being a school assembly speaker, Fabian facilitates professional development trainings for teachers, faculty and parents.
Rev. Kenneth M. Chapman Jr., currently serves as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Oklahoma. In this role, Chapman oversees minority recruitment and retention initiatives, diversity and multicultural affairs, and minority faculty and staff training and development. Chapman also directs Price College of Business outreach, which engages and develops more partnerships between the university and the community. Prior to OU, Chapman served as Assistant Dean of Student Development at Oklahoma Baptist University where he led the diversity efforts of the university.
Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations: mass communication from the University of Central Oklahoma (2007), a master’s of education from the University of Oklahoma (2012), and is completing a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D) from the University of Oklahoma (May, 2018). Chapman is former president of the Oklahoma Academic Advising Association and serves as a member of the Alliance of Emerging Professionals, American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. among other memberships and activities.
He is a licensed and ordained minister, currently serving as Assistant to the Pastor at House of Prayer Baptist Church in Del City, Oklahoma. Chapman has lectured for the East Zion Consolidated District Congress of Christian Education and the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention; in addition, Chapman has taught courses and lectured at various churches and conferences. Additionally, Chapman is a certified instructor with the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education. Chapman is married to Kimberley Kierra Chapman and resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with their sons.
Dr. Robert Darden, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism, was the recipient of the Fall 2010 award for his dedication to the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project.
Eli Crane is a patriot, family man, philanthropist and Christian, but is most notably known for being a Navy SEAL turned entrepreneur. Eli and his wife Jen founded the small business success story Bottle Breacher, which started in their garage turning 50-caliber shells into beer openers and is now a multi-million company offering a wide range of products – made in America by American veterans.
Eli and his wife Jen put Bottle Breacher on the map in November 2014 after appearing on ABC’s hit television show Shark Tank. They were able to secure a deal with Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary which exponentially help grow their business.
Though most people see Eli as a success, he loves speaking to and motivating audiences about his early mountains of failure and how learning to be resilient and relentless is probably the most important mindset to develop. He also loves raising awareness about Veteran issues and raising money for Veteran and military non-profits and issues. Eli and his wife Jen reside in Tucson Arizona where together they run Bottle Breacher and raise their two daughters