Spiritual Formation Transition Team

When SEU President Kent Ingle learned this summer that God had called campus pastor Phil Urdiales to plant a new church in Los Angeles, he felt it was important for the university to take time to carefully steward the spiritual formation of the SEU community.

Urdiales made a tremendous impact on the SEU community through his role initially as the associate campus pastor of athletics in 2013 and later as campus pastor.

“When God moves someone out of our community, we don’t simply look for a replacement—we go back to clarifying the goals for that area and figure out how can we reposition ourselves to maximize the opportunities for that area,” said Ingle.

The university has appointed a team of leaders to serve as the Spiritual Formation transition team to help guide the spirituality of the university.

“The spiritual formation of our students is so important,” said Bethany Thomas, vice president for student development. “The spiritual atmosphere on our campus is the number one reason students choose to attend SEU. We want to build on the past and restructure for the future.”

Members of the team who will be spearheading this transition have all been a part of the SEU community in various roles and have agreed to step into a new calling for this time. They will all work together to provide mentorship and discipleship for students on campus, as well as speak in chapel throughout the semester along with other friends of the university.

The team includes:

Ben Gomez, who will be stepping in as the teaching pastor. Ben has been serving as a professor in the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology. He will continue to teach classes in the college as well work with the rest of the team to build discipleship curriculum to lead students outside of chapel services.

Tori Hammer, who will be stepping in as the campus life pastor. Tori has been serving as a resident director over the Esperanza dorms. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the spiritual formation team, including coordinating student leaders.

Jared Parks, who will be stepping in as the discipleship and mentoring pastor. Jared has been serving as the resident director for the Destino dorms. In addition to overseeing the production of chapel services, Jared will also provide chaplain services for student-athletes, oversee discipleship groups and arrange mentors for students.

Students will also have the opportunity to hear from a variety of special guests and friends of the university, such as Travis Simons from SEU’s extension site at The Potter’s House in North Dallas, Travis, who serves as the executive pastor at The Potter’s House will be coming on campus several times during the semester to preach and encourage students. He will also meet with students to provide mentorship and discipleship.

“Students will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of different voices and worship styles to meet the needs of our diverse student body,” said Thomas.

Over 90 chapels will be held each semester providing a variety of options for students, including the following: a Monday night chapel at 7:30 p.m. featuring guest speakers will take place once a month; Tuesday morning chapels at 9 a.m.; Wednesday morning discipleship groups; Thursday morning chapels at 9 a.m.; and Thursday night chapels at 9 p.m. Speakers will also include SEU administration, faculty and staff members.