Dr. Stephen Kellough
Now in his 24th year as the Chaplain of Wheaton College, with almost 90 chapels to oversee every year, and over 2,000 chapels tallied thus far, Chaplain Kellough continues to possess a certain mystique that keeps students guessing about the real man behind the podium! Though possessing a strength of presence and dignified decorum, Dr. Kellough's side interests belie the fact that there is more to the man than meets the eye in chapel. Perhaps it's his Harley and his past trip to Sturgis, SD, or maybe his silver Camaro, or his dry humor that combine to break the clerical mold.
Whatever the source of the mystique, it makes students like 'Chappy K' all the more, and causes him to be a regularly sought actor in the annual class films! Students who have had the opportunity to get to know him, invariably appreciate his wit and wisdom, and value the time given. He is a gracious man, well-read, and able to comment with knowledge and understanding on a wide breadth of topics. He is sincere in his desire to serve well and takes his chapel responsibilities very seriously out of honor to God and respect for the students. As a pastor, Chaplain Kellough's compassion is revealed in his prayers, as one who listens well and understands the human condition.
Dr. Kellough's interest in scholarship and love of books and reading, lend well to his pastorate among faculty and staff. His spiritual maturity and wisdom born of experience assist in managing a program that is mindful of colleagues and students alike. Prior to Wheaton, Dr. Kellough served in parish ministry in the Presbyterian Church USA. His decision to become the Chaplain at Wheaton was influenced by a one-year sabbatical from his church, during which time he served as chaplain and professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, Holland. In coming to Wheaton, he finds that he enjoys the stimulation of an academic environment, and dialoguing with creative, sharp minds of students, faculty, and staff in the context of community. His sense of calling to the pastorate has been affirmed through ministry within the college setting. Significantly influenced during his time as a student at Wheaton by the life and ministry of his predecessor Chaplain Evan Welsh, Chaplain Kellough has been given the opportunity to, in turn, use his gifts to influence the next generation. - To this end, he continues to serve faithfully and well.
You may contact Dr. Kellough at: Stephen.Kellough@wheaton.edu.
Clayton Keenon began as Coordinator of Discipleship Small Groups and Grad Chapel in the 2010-11 school year. A native of Glen Ellyn, IL, Clayton graduated from Wheaton College in 2005 with a double major in Christian Formation and Ministry and Biblical Studies. He went on to complete a Masters degree in Biblical Exegesis in 2010 and his Masters degree in Historical and Systematic Theology in 2011. Prior to and throughout his years at Wheaton, Clayton was involved in ministry at Wheaton Bible Church. His ministerial experience on staff at the church included serving as Associate Discipleship Pastor, High School Pastor, and Director of College and Young Adult Ministries. Clayton is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle (also a Wheaton grad), and they have a beautiful daughter named Annalise. You may contact Clayton at Clayton.Keenon@wheaton.edu.
Now in her 17th year as Office Coordinator in the Chaplain's Office, Marilyn has found that her years growing up in a pastor's family have lent understanding to the role of ministry at Wheaton. 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. Of the various aspects of her work, Marilyn enjoys the opportunity to think creatively with staff and students in the Chaplain's Office, as they seek to be responsive to the Lord's plans and purposes for the spiritual nurture of the campus community. Three times a week, by God's grace, chapel is 'served' in faith, trusting that the Lord will spiritually feed and further those in attendance. 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.
In her first year as part-time Office Assistant, Leslie brings the gifts of an 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. For the past 4 and a half years, she lived near the ocean once again, this time in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, to work with a para-church ministry. Though she thrived there, the Lord providentially led her back to Wheaton to marry her soon-to-be husband, '06 alumnus Joe Weinzettel. We're thankful (along with Joe!) for the Lord's provision and are pleased to welcome Leslie as a valued colleague in the Chaplain's Office. You may contact Leslie at Leslie.Royalty@wheaton.edu.
For more information on the Chaplain's office staff, learn about the Student Chaplains and Chapel Worship Team at Opportunities for Involvement.