julianbanner1Bethany’s Varenhorst Center for Discovery, Reflection & Vocation, along with Campus Ministry and Student Development will bring Julian “J. Kwest” DeShazier to campus for two days of programs and guest lectures on November 17-18.

For over a decade, the ministry of DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between good music and engaged faith. As an artist, this Chicago native has used his unique rhythm to tell stories of deep meaning inside and out of the church.

He is an award-winning hip-hop musician and songwriter, winning an Emmy and appearing on Fox, CBS, NPR, and Maya Angelou’s Sirius XM radio program. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of University Church in Chicago, and is a regular contributor to Sojourners publications and The Huffington Post’s religion section. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School and McCormick Theological Seminary.

For more information about events, please contact Rachael Pryor.

Programs while at Bethany will include:

Tuesday, Nov. 17:

  • 2:30 p.m. – Film/Music Class
  • 4 p.m. – Campus tour
  • 5 p.m. – Dinner Salon – be among 12 for an intimate dinner and conversation about the creative process and working as an artist
  • 9 p.m. – Swede Stories – meet in the Chapel to discuss what it is like to be a student of color at Bethany College.

Wednesday, Nov. 18:

  • 8:30 a.m. – Sound & Silence
  • 9:30 a.m. – We All Have a Dream
  • 10:30 am. – Chapel
  • 11:30 a.m. – Levin room for Lunch
  • 2 p.m. – Cosmogeny Forum
  • 4 p.m. – Hip-Hop workshop
  • 7:30 p.m. – J. Kwest Unplugged
  • 9 p.m. – Backstage Pass (invitation only)