As student generations change, and as new student life at Valpo evolves, some things remain in place — especially that first year — like the challenge of living away from home, the challenge of making new friends, and the challenge of making it in college academic life.
The university pastors can help, regardless of your religious tradition – even if you don’t consider yourself "religious."
Valpo's two Lutheran pastors, Rev. Charlene M. Rachuy Cox and Rev. James A. Wetzstein, are committed to providing excellent spiritual care for the entire University community – students, staff and faculty. As chaplains, they are available to meet and talk with you about any issue or situation. They’ll help you clarify the issue, reflect on your own beliefs and think through your options with kindness and grace.
The pastors' offices are in the Helge Center, adjacent to the Chapel.
University Pastor James A. Wetzstein
Phone: 219 464-5093 or 464-6794
Cell phone: 219 405-0630
Fax: 219 464-5049
Pastor James Wetzstein is the mentor for the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) and works with the students who plan and implement both daily Morning Prayer at the Chapel and Celebrate! every Wednesday night where he is the regular speaker. Lessons learned through independent international travel and twelve years of experience in a small, multicultural congregation in Gary, Indiana, are at the root of his commitment to a global vision coupled with gospel-driven, grassroots local action. Pr. Jim and his wife Tracey, an attorney, live in Gary with their 10-year-old son, Gabriel, and a bunch of dogs and cats. He draws a weekly, three-panel comic strip for churches called "Agnus Day."
Pastor Charlene Rachuy Cox is the regular speaker at Candlelight on Sunday nights, and the pastoral advisor for the Peer Ministry team, ACTS, the Christian Ministry Network, and serves on the Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Spirituality. Influenced by the many and varied people who have crossed her life’s path, Pr. Char is a lover of stories and is passionately committed to finding creative ways for the gospel narrative to be woven into the stories of our lives. Pr. Char is the parent of 16-and 15-year-old daughters, Torie and Elianna. She loves walking with her giant schnoodle, Ari, and her Bischon/poodle, Bob, and especially enjoys memoirs and historical fiction.
Have another question or concern? Call (219) 464-5093 to get connected to the right person. Or email one of the pastors!
1600 Chapel Drive,Valparaiso IN 46383
You can also email prayer requests to
The pastors offer answers to Frequently Asked Questions that first-year and incoming students tend to wrestle with. Read more.
The university pastors take turns writing devotions for the chapel's weekly electronic newsletter, emailed to all students, staff and faculty during the school year. Read past posts here:
Six Words 5/6/14
In praise of doubting disciples 4/29/14
Going ahead of you 4/22/14
This Changes Everything 4/15/14
Lord Have Mercy 4/8/14
We are not our work 4/1/14
As we speak 3/25/14
Service in small steps 3/18/14
Remembering Jane 2/25/14
Does Jesus Really Mean That? 2/18/14
Unexpected Blessings 2/11/14
On the Death of Artists 2/4/14
What Is Really Necessary? 1/29/14
The Insects Outnumber Us 1/21/14
The Beloved Community 1/14/14
Heading for Home 12/17/13
Prayer Waves for Hunger 12/10/13
For Such a Time as This 12/3/13
Can We Learn to Be Happy? 11/12/13
Lessons from the Trees 11/5/13
In Praise of "Plan B" 10/29/13
A Letter to Hannah 10/22/13
The Dance of Beauty and Eternity 10/14/13
Catch Up Time 10/8/13
The End of Accusation 10/1/13
Inspiration at the Y 9/24/13
Instrument of Peace 9/10/13
A Seat at the Table 9/3/13
Bidden or Not Bidden 8/27/13
You are good 5/7/13
Let's eat 4/30/13
Solved by walking 4/23/13
Mr. Rogers, vocation and chaos 4/16/13
Be still 4/9/13
Sunday is coming! 3/26/13
Anticipating the resurrection 3/19/13
What's in your backpack? 2/26/13
There but for the grace of God 2/19/13
Indelible ink 2/12/13
Wounds and blessings 2/5/13
My life is but a weaving 1/29/13
Three words 1/14/13
God is in the details 1/8/13
What color is your holiday? 12/10/12
Begin with the end in mind 12/3/12
How are you today? 11/26/12
What to do about to-do lists 11/14/12
How many loaves do you have? 11/6/13
Make room for the good stuff 10/30/12
Broken pieces of your life 10/22/12
God intends to use you 10/16/12
Listen to sermons from the Chapel of the Resurrection.