Nurturing your faith development and spiritual life.

Spiritual Life

The School of Divinity recognizes the importance of providing opportunities to nurture the faith development and spiritual life of students. These opportunities – including community worship, group spiritual practices, spirituality retreats, and other formational events – help students pay attention to the movement of the Spirit as an integral part of their theological education and formation.

As students deepen their knowledge about the Bible, ethics, church history, and theology, they are also invited to deepen their spiritual lives and experiences by encountering God in familiar and new practices of faith.  This academic year, we are aiming in our chapel services to be attentive to the celebrations and concerns specific to our academic community even as we respond to the joys and laments present in our broader contexts.

We gather for community worship once each week, on Tuesdays at 11am, in Davis Chapel. A student worship team designs and implements each community chapel service.


    Fall 2022 Community Worship Dates

  • August 16 - Dean Jonathan Lee Walton | Dean, Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Wait Chapel

    Jonathan Lee Walton was named Dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Presidential Chair in Religion and Society, and Dean of Wait Chapel in 2019.  Prior to joining Wake Forest University, he was the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University.

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  • August 23 - Dean Jonathan Lee Walton| Dean, Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Wait Chapel

    Jonathan Lee Walton was named Dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Presidential Chair in Religion and Society, and Dean of Wait Chapel in 2019.  Prior to joining Wake Forest University, he was the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University.

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  • August 30 - Professor Jill Y Crainshaw | Wake Forest University School of Divinity

    Crainshaw emphasizes in her teaching, scholarship and administrative leadership the importance of self-awareness and theological and spiritual intentionality to effective religious leadership. As Vice Dean, Crainshaw develops and implements faculty mentoring strategies and provides leadership for research and teaching initiatives. Crainshaw has received several awards for her work as a teacher, including the 2018 Academics, Research, and Engagement award from the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability and the 2015 Teaching Innovation award from the Wake Forest Teaching and Learning Collaborative. Both awards highlight Crainshaw’s course, “Saving Places; Savoring Graces: A Placed-based Study of Sacraments and Ordinances.” The course explores connections between local elements and actions such as water and bread baking, and central actions of worship such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

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  • Sept. 6 - Jasmine Logan, MDiv ‘23 | Wake Forest School of Divinity

    Jasmine “Jazz” Logan (she/her/hers) is a third-year student at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Jazz is bicoastal meaning that she lives on the East and the West Coast. Jazz is from the Los Angeles area and was raised in Arizona. She is a singer, an actress, a mediocre comedian, and a guitar player. She has interned at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, Thriving Congregations, and has served as a girls camp pastor in Georgia. She has aspirations of becoming an ordained minister (denomination pending) and has a passion for teaching the next generation that they are beloved.

  • Sept. 13 - Rev. Amber T. Harris, MDiv ‘11 | Wake Divinity BOV Member & Executive Director, SPARK

    Amber grew up in Floyd, VA. She earned a Philosophy & Religion degree from Bridgewater College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. She earned her M.Div. from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2011. She has served as a Minister to Youth and Young Adults at Fairfield UMC and Engagement Director at YMCA Camp Hanes. She is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and also serves as a chaplain at local hospitals. Amber is grateful for the opportunity to live out her calling to ministry and to love community through SPARK. She believes that we all are light and by loving ALL of our neighbors we can build a welcoming and just community for everyone. Amber and her husband, Preston live in Winston-Salem with their two sons, Dax and Branch, and daughter, Violet.

  • Sept. 20 - Professor Mark E. Jensen | Wake Forest University School of Divinity

    Jensen’s PhD work was in Pastoral Care, Psychology of Religion, and Theology, and his current research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of faith, health, food systems, sustainability, and community. He helps lead concentrations in Religious Leadership in Food, Health, and Ecology, is the faculty liaison for the joint degree in counseling, leads the school’s travel course to Nicaragua in partnership with AMOS Health and Hope, and works with WFUSD’s Baptist Commons.  Jensen is a Certified Educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and serves as a Chaplain Supervisor in the Division of FaithHealth at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Jensen has served on the Executive Committee of the Forsyth FoodWorks, a regional food policy council, and on the Advisory Council of the Forsyth Community Gardening Association.

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  • Sept. 27 - Rev. Kenneth Pettigrew. MDiv ‘16 | Executive Director, Winston Lake Family YMCA

    The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has named Rev. Kenneth A. Pettigrew Executive Director of the Winston Lake Family YMCA. Rev. Pettigrew will oversee all operations of the Winston Lake Family YMCA and will coordinate all community partnerships through the branch. He will start his role on July 18.

    Prior to joining the YMCA, Rev. Pettigrew served as Chief Operating Officer of the Winston-Salem Urban League. Earlier in his career, Rev. Pettigrew served as Coordinator of Faith-Based Community Engagement and provided leadership for the Place Matters Initiative at the United Way of Forsyth County.

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  • Oct. 4 - Angelica Regalado Cieza, MDiv ‘17 | Director of Mission Outreach, Moravian Board of World Mission

    Angelica lives with her husband Ruben and their two daughters in Winston-Salem, NC. Angelica graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity with her Masters in Divinity and obtained her certificate of Moravian Studies from the Moravian Theological Seminary.

    A native of Chiclayo, Perú, Angelica came to North Carolina in 2006, following her parents and five brothers, who had immigrated years earlier. Her immigration experience has informed much of her work in the Moravian Church. After her ordination in 2017, Angelica was called to develop a new and emerging ministry serving Hispanic immigrants in Forsyth County, NC. Now the founder and pastor of this ministry called Estamos Unidos, she will continue this outstanding work alongside her new position with the BWM.

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  • Oct. 18 - Dr. Benjamin Boswell | Senior Pastor, Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC

    Rev. Dr. Benjamin Boswell (he/him) serves at the intersection of strategic leadership, spiritual formation, and social justice. In his professional capacity, Dr. Boswell is a preacher, pastor, author, civil rights leader, and sought-after public speaker. 

    Dr. Boswell is also a former infantry officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, a graduate of Marion Military Institute (AA), Campbell University (BA), Duke Divinity School (MDIV), and Saint Paul’s School of Theology (DMIN) where his doctoral thesis was “Identifying Whiteness: Discerning Race through Spiritual Practice in the White Dominant Church.” During his doctoral studies, Ben also completed the two-year Academy for Spiritual Formation through the Upper Room. 

    Dr. Boswell was born in Lynchburg, VA, grew up in Bethlehem, PA, and graduated from high school in Kannapolis, NC. Before joining the staff at MPBC, Dr. Boswell served as Senior Pastor at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, NC. Prior to his time in Cary, Dr. Boswell was Pastor at Commonwealth Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, and an Adjunct Professor of Political Theology and Ethics at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. He was also the lone clergy member of the NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture; a citizen group that worked to expose our state’s participation in the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. 

    Dr. Boswell has received numerous awards and honors for his work as a pastor and civil rights leader. In 2021 he was selected to be one of the Freedom Fete speakers at Trinity Episcopal School, and was awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion. The award is the city’s highest honor, given to a person who promotes racial equality, social justice, and community service. 

    In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Dr. Boswell serves on the board of Restorative Justice CLT and facilitates spiritual formation anti-racism training for white people called, “What Does It Mean to Be White?”

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  • Nov. 8 - Dr. Neichelle Guidry | Dean of Sisters' Chapel, Spelman College

    Rev. Dr. Neichelle R. Guidry is a spiritual daughter of New Creation Christian Fellowship of San Antonio, Texas, where the Bishop David Michael Copeland and the Rev. Dr. Claudette Anderson Copeland are her pastors and where she was ordained to ministry in 2010. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (2007, BA, Lambda Pi Eta) and Yale Divinity School (2010, M.Div.), where she was the 2010 recipient of the Walcott Prize for Clear and Effective Public and Pulpit Speaking. She is also a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2017), where she completed her Doctor of Philosophy in the area of Liturgical Studies with a concentration in Homiletics. Her dissertation is entitled, “Towards a Womanist Homiletical Theology for Subverting Rape Culture.” She currently serves as the Dean of the Chapel and the Director of the WISDOM Center at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Nov. 15 - TBD

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  • Nov. 29 - Dr. K. Monet Rice-Jalloh | Associate University Chaplain, Wake Forest University

    The Reverend Dr. K. Monet Rice-Jalloh is an associate university chaplain at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She has been serving in this position since July of 2012. She is an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition.

    Rev. K is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a graduate of Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she competed on their Women’s Track and Field team and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree.  She then pursued her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and completed her doctoral degree at Duke Divinity School.

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Community Worship 

We study. We teach. We learn together. We also worship together. Weekly chapel services at the School of Divinity give students, faculty, staff, and community friends an opportunity to encounter God as we pray and sing together.  School of Divinity worship services also give worshippers unique opportunities to embody what they are learning in classrooms, even to infuse that learning with spiritual and theological insights peculiarly present when a community prays together.

Whether we hear the voices of nationally known preachers or experience the preaching gifts of local pastors, or celebrate the homiletical skills of third year students, or listen as faculty members craft that all important move from texts to sermons, the community has a chance in School of Divinity worship services to reflect together on God’s presence and grace in our community and for the world.

The work of the people in worship services is sacred work, but it is also educational work as it unfolds in a theological school. What do we learn as we pray together? Responses emerge in the form of questions stirred by our worship:  What does it mean to pray together, coming as we do from such different theological places and spaces? How does what we learn in the classroom shape what we practice in worship? How do our weekly practices of prayer and praise move out through institutional doors and into the worlds where we live and work?


Prayer and Meditation Room

Located in Wingate 213, the prayer and meditation room is available for students, faculty, and staff during the semester 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Retreat Resources

An important aspect of nurturing the spiritual life is taking time away from the routines of life, school, and work to ground ourselves in God and listen attentively to the Spirit. Going on retreat – seeking spiritual direction, taking Sabbath, or even building community with others – is a powerful way to nurture and grow our spiritual lives. There are a number of centers and spaces in North Carolina that offer retreats for individuals and groups to reconnect with the Divine and remember who we are created to be.

Care for your spirit by checking out these retreat resources.

Worship Opportunities in Winston-Salem

Finding a faith community to join during your journey at the School of Divinity is important, not only for support, but for spiritual growth and community involvement. To help you find a church, we’ve put together a Worship Opportunities Resource Guide with local churches suggested by current students. Please note that this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of worship opportunities in Winston-Salem, but an accurate representation of the diversity of worshipping communities.

Find a place of worship.