1995 Spiritual Renewal at Wheaton College

Nothing can replicate a move of God’s Spirit. When the Spirit comes, repentance and obedience springs up as if from nowhere. Learn how such a divine move impacted the campus of Wheaton College in 1995 in the following first-person account by then-chaplain, Dr. Stephen B. Kellough.

Our Lord has poured out his love in a dramatic way.

Throughout the history of Wheaton College, God has chosen to he present and active in this place. There have been times of spiritual awakening, and during the week of March 19-24, we received another special visitation of God.

It would be incorrect to say that it all began at 7:30 P.M. on Sunday, March 19, in Pierce Chapel at the weekly meeting of the World Christian Fellowship. There had been a significant stirring of the Spirit in the lives of individuals and in groups on campus several weeks before that, throughout the semester, and well before that.

But something unique and important happened on that Sunday evening when James Hahn and Brandi Maguire, students from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, described a recent “revival” on their campus. Following their presentation, the microphones were open for students to share their burdens and confess their sins.

Confessions were heard throughout the night. There were tears and there were smiles. There was crying and there was singing. People confessed their sins to God and to each other, and there was healing. It was biblical. It was Christian, It was orderly. It was sincere. It honored out Lord. Finally, at 6:00 A.M., we adjourned the meeting, with students still in line who had waited hours to speak.

We reconvened on Monday in Pierce Chapel with about 900 students and adjourned at 2:00 A.M. with 400 students listening to the last confession. Still, many were unable to reach the microphone. Tuesday’s meeting was held at the College Church, a larger facility which accommodated the 1,350 people who arrived at 9:30 P.M. Because lines still remained at the microphones at 2:00 AM., another meeting was set for 9:30 P.M. on Wednesday.

Read the rest of the account here.


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  • Ej Laroco
    commented 2018-09-17 02:11:17 -0400
    God always remind us with his spiritual movements. He always there open arms to embrace us when we are down and longing sombody to lean on. He is our Father and ABA , a friend, Ready to comfort us! But i ask him to clean my heart, my mind and my soul because out of knowing still i have sin through my words and actions. Yes, i am only a human that can easily temp to any kind of words when the angers comes. I just pray but the feeling its not heard because the prayer i have prayed just came out to my mouth but no from the heart. I know I hurt God for this, i said i loved him but still continue what i am doing that against his rule of commandments, cannot explore the love He shared. I am selfish, i am self centered. The kind of Agape love that God show us never explore to our self, because i am selfish in many ways. Its hard to perform to the people you hated, because i can’t forgive the people who hurt me. I forgive them in words but in action really can’t forgive . Easily to say to forgive but in heart its nothing if you remembered the hurt inside. Trying to forget, by praying God will open my heart, enlighten my mind ,touch me me and cleanse me andvhelp mevtobtake out the hurts inside to change my heart of love and forgiveness. I know there is a purpose every trials i encountered in this life, i know He want to fix me , cleanse me and heal me to be part of His son/daughter. And I feel the spirit of God its touching me a cold breeze its like i feel the embrace that my eyes not to control to fall my tears. I cant explain the feeling . I cried out loud to praise Him! And still asking the forgiveness of my sins. I know He open my heart and see the difference . I know He loves me . I want to be clean and heal under His power and might! And i always pray to alk friends or those who hurts me that they may also experience tovfeelvthe spirit of God to flow in there hearts to renew their life like me. . And to explore the Agape love to every body with out hesitations . To love in actio rhru you heart . Hallelujah! Amen