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Pepperdine University Chaplain Archives

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Welcome to the Pepperdine University Chaplain Archives.  Here, you can view a history of the University Chaplain's speeches, devotionals, writings, prayers, and appearances.  It is hoped that this archive can offer once glimpse of the history of the spiritual life at Pepperdine University.

History of the First University Chaplain

D’Esta Love was appointed as the first University Chaplain in 2001 and served the Pepperdine community until her retirement in 2007. Before accepting this role, D’Esta was an Adjunct Professor in the Religion Division, and served as the Dean of Students from 1989-2001. As the University Chaplain, she served as the Director of the Pepperdine Voyage Project, funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment for the theological exploration of vocation, from 2005-2006. During this time, she also taught graduate-level classes on vocation for the Religion Division. In 2008 she was named Chaplain Emerita by Provost Darryl Tippens. D’Esta still currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Religion Divison, is actively involved in the Women in Ministry Network and the annual Women in Ministry conferences, and is co-editor of the Leaven Journal with her husband, Stuart Love. D’Esta is also a frequent, keynote speaker and participant at women’s retreats, marriage seminars, church lecture series, and academic conferences.

 

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Public Relations press release about David Lemley's appointment to chaplain position (html) September 2008
Public Relations press release about September 11 prayer service (html) September 2008
Public Relations press release about Shelly Cox and David Lemley's appointment to chaplain position (html) September 2007
Graphic article about D'Esta Love's resignation (html) August 2007