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Kubicek, Smith to Lead Fall Challenge Chapel Services Aug. 23-26

August 23, 2016

OBU will host the annual Fall Challenge chapel series Aug. 23-26. The first chapel messages of the semester are traditionally known as the “Fall Challenge” and are a part of OBU’s Welcome Week, where students are welcomed and oriented to life on the OBU campus.

Services will be held in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

The Fall Challenge speaker will be Jeremie Kubicek, CEO and co-founder of GiANT Worldwide, a global company dedicated to leadership transformation through intentional apprenticeship. He is an international speaker, author, and consultant to top-level executives and leaders around the world. He is a subject matter expert on organizational leadership, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal communication.

His first book, “Making Your Leadership Come Alive: 7 Actions to Increase Your Influence,” became a Wall Street Journal best seller. In 2015, he co-wrote the hit books, “5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time” and the “5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead.” He is the former CEO for Leadercast, Catalyst and the John Maxwell training companies. He speaks regularly in organizations of all sizes in the U.S. and throughout Europe. For more information, visit or

Jami Smith of Spring Rain Ministries will lead worship Aug. 23 and 24. She is a 1993 OBU graduate and received the OBU Alumni Association’s Profile in Excellence Award in 2012. She is one of the premier worship leaders in the country.  For more than 15 years, she has traveled the world using music as a tool to help believers connect with the Lord.

She has enjoyed success not only as a worship leader, but as a recording artist as well. Radio stations around the world play her songs. “Salt and Light” from her 2002 release “Wash Over Me” hovered at the top of the charts. Her 2008 release “Faith in You” was named one of the top worship albums of 2008 by Christianity Today. That same publication also recognized Smith’s Christmas album “Hope of All the Earth” as “something of a revelation” and “an excellent Christmas project.”

OBU’s Student Ministry Worship Band will lead during the services on Thursday evening and Friday morning.