Lux Veritas Speaker Series

Light and Truth.

The Lux Veritas Speaker Series - drawing from North Central College’s religious and academic heritage - engages our community in conversations with leaders whose faith motivates them to transform the world. Inspired by our college seal, a lamp representing “light” and a book representing “truth”, these events connect us with leaders that explore important issues in a spirit of truth while spreading light into the world as a means to live out our purpose.




Please check our YouTube channel to view previous LVSS lectures, and other past events from the Office of Faith & Action.

Upcoming Lux Veritas Speaker Series Events


Rev. Jonathan Brooks, Senior Pastor, Canaan Community Church

"Reconciliation: Everybody's Ministry"

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Online Zoom Meeting


Rev. Jonathan E.L. Brooks, M.Div affectionately known as Pastah J serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in West Englewood. Canaan is a non-denominational church which seeks to bring value to everyone with which they come in contact.  He is a gifted preacher and teacher who is comfortable preaching in diverse contexts.

Through various partnerships and Canaan Community Redevelopment Corporation (CCRC), their not for profit community development company, Canaan provides youth development, holistic health options, college scholarships, adult education classes and continual support to the incarcerated and their families living in Greater Englewood and other Chicago communities.

Past Speakers and Events

Date Speaker Position Event Location
11/12/15 Carl Gladstone Founder and Director, Motown Mission Smith Hall, Old Main
1/21/16 Dr. Leah Gunning Francis Professor, Author, Activist Meiley-Swallow Theatre
4/14/16 Bishop Sally Dyck - "Connecting Jesus to the Care of Creation" Bishop, United Methodist Northern Illinois Conference Koten Chapel, Kiekhofer Hall
10/20/16 Jon Guerra, Pete Leonard, Luke Wright - "Faithful Entrepreneurs" Musician / Engineer, Coffee Roaster / Creative Smith Hall, Old Main
1/26/17 Layton Williams Author, Sojourners Smith Hall, Old Main
4/19/17 Shane Claiborne Speaker, Activist, Author Koten Chapel, Kiekhofer Hall
1/16/18 Steven Martin Documentary Film Maker, Activist Room 101, Wentz Science Center
5/16/18 Scott Erickson, Justin McRoberts - "Prayer" Author, Songwriter / Artist Koten Chapel Kiekhofer Hall
2/19/19 Rev. Gavin Rogers Pastor, Activist, Author Madden Theater, Wentz Hall
4/9/19 Shane Claiborne, Michael Martin - "Beating Guns Tour" Activist / Blacksmith Koten Chapel, Kiekhofer Hall
11/6/19 Carlos A. Rodríguez Pastor, Teacher, Activist Koten Chapel, Kiekhofer Hall
4/20/21 Rev. Jonathan Brooks - "Reconciliation: Everybody's Ministry" Pastor, Speaker, Artist, Teacher Online event