Spiritual Formation

The Office of Spiritual Formation is devoted to the spiritual life of the campus community. It exists to help the campus community seek the Kingdom and character of Christ.

The goals of the Office of Spiritual Formation are to promote spiritual growth on campus, as well as outreach and ministry to others in the community and throughout the world. Revs. Dustin and Olivia Metcalf serve as the Co-University Chaplains.


Why do we have chapel? There are some things we all need to learn. The life of the mind and the life of the heart come together as we gather for chapel. There are some things we all need to hear. There are voices of challenge, and hope and cries of desperate need that we may not hear anywhere else. There are some things we all need to do. No one seeks the kingdom of God alone. We worship together, we pray together and we make a difference together. We have chapel at NNU because there are some things we all need.

NNU on a Mission

International mission trips are coordinated by the Director of Student Ministries. To learn about this year’s mission trip opportunities go to

Ministry Club Opportunities

  • Angels Club: ministers each week in a home for disabled adults
  • Hope House: conducts weekly visits to the Hope House which is a refuge for disabled and neglected children
  • Pals Club: works with mentally and developmentally challenged kids on both academic and social activities
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes: gathers athletes together for special events and worship experiences
  • Boys and Girls Club: volunteers 1 hour a week for the entire semester helping kids with their homework
  • International Justice Mission: works to build awareness for human trafficking locally and globally
  • Just Another Row: creates knitted pieces for people in need

Contact Us

Dustin Metcalf
Co-Director of the Office of Spiritual Formation/Co-Chaplain

Olivia Metcalf
Co-Director of the Office of Spiritual Formation/Co-Chaplain

Discipleship Groups

NNU offers a variety of discipleship groups (D Groups) in which students may participate. Students meet together to learn, grow and journey together. They’ll experience a variety of different spiritual practices in the fall. In the spring the group will choose a curriculum they desire. These groups are for all students and are led by upper-classmen.


Retreats will be an extended time for rest and quiet. They will provide time to listen for God in intentional ways both alone and in community.