Chaplain Emeritus Dr. Stephen Kellough
After 25 years of faithful service as the Chaplain of Wheaton College, Dr. Stephen Kellough retired on August 1, 2014 - exactly 25 years to the day of the start of his tenure at the College. Over the course of years, the Lord has used his life - his many interests, his love of learning, and appreciation for and ability in working with a wide variety of people - to minister effectively to students, faculty, administration and staff. Along the way, the Lord enabled him to spiritually guide the campus community during the Revival of '95; to remind us of God as "our refuge and strength" in the tragedy of 9/11; to minister comfort to the campus community in times of grief and loss; to preach the word of truth in season and out, and to encourage and offer hope to an ever-evolving campus community. The Chaplain Emeritus will long be remembered for his wisdom, humility, grace, and commitment to the Lord and His people.
We pray God's richest favor and blessing upon Dr. Kellough and his wife, alumna Linda (Burgess) Kellough, as they take a sabbatical year to discern God's next assignment for them. If you would like to contact Chaplain Emeritus Stephen Kellough, you may continue to reach him on his cell phone at (630) 253-5134 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Chaplain Rev. Dr. David McDowell
As the President's Office continues their formal candidate search for the next Chaplain, President Ryken is pleased to share that Rev. Dr. David McDowell '68 has agreed to serve as Interim Chaplain. Rev. McDowell recently completed his ministry as Senior Pastor of Community Fellowship in West Chicago, IL. He graduated from Wheaton in 1968 with a B.A. in psychology, and then earned a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Theology and History from Trinity Theological Seminary.
Rev. McDowell's ministry of more than 40 years has been characterized by special care for the spiritual needs of young people. He has pastored three churches, including College Church of Northampton, MA, and served as Assistant Chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He often speaks of his love for creating an environment where people are challenged to live out the gospel and to serve others.
Rev. McDowell also has a great deal of experience with the Wheaton College community. He, his wife Gloria '70, and two of his five children are Wheaton graduates. He is currently serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He will begin his interim role on September 2. The College is grateful to God for providing Rev. McDowell to serve the College community.
Clayton Keenon is Ministry Associate for Discipleship and Grad Chapel. Clayton is a native of Glen Ellyn, IL, and graduated from Wheaton College in 2005 with degrees in Christian Formation and Ministry and Biblical Studies. He went on to complete Masters degrees in both Biblical Exegesis and Historical and Systematic Theology from Wheaton, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to working at Wheaton, Clayton was part of the pastoral staff at Wheaton Bible Church. Clayton is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle (also a Wheaton grad), and they have two beautiful daughters named Annalise and Lydia. You may contact Clayton at Clayton.Keenon@wheaton.edu.
Now in her 18th year at the College, Marilyn serves as Ministry Associate for Care and Administration in the Chaplain's Office. Raised a pastor's daughter, her father's pastoral heart for people and her parents' own example of faithful ministry have given her an example and standard for investment in the lives of others. Marilyn enjoys the opportunity to think creatively with staff and students in planning for chapel. In addition to attending to the details related to chapel, Marilyn enjoys interacting with students, faculty, and staff within the context of everyday life in community at Wheaton. You may contact Marilyn at Marilyn.Brenner@wheaton.edu.
Leslie Royalty Weinzettel
In her third year as Office Assistant, Leslie brings the gifts of a bright, energetic, willing, servant spirit to the work of the Chaplain's Office. Born and raised in Southern California, Leslie braved the mid-west winters to attend Wheaton College, graduating in 2006 with a Christian Education major, and minors in Spanish and Bible. After working with a para-church ministry for 4 1/2 years in Jacksonville, Florida, Leslie returned to Wheaton in 2012 and married her fellow '06 alumnus Joe Weinzettel. We're thankful for the Lord's provision in Leslie, and are pleased to have her as a valued colleague in the Chaplain's Office. You may contact Leslie at Leslie.Weinzettel@wheaton.edu.
For more information on the Chaplain's office staff, learn about the Student Chaplains, Chapel Worship Band, and Discipleship Small Groups Cabinet members at Opportunities for Involvement.