Contact a Pastor

The Chapel of the Resurrection is served by a staff that includes two Lutheran pastors, committed to providing excellent pastoral care for the entire University community; students, staff and faculty. They are available to provide compassionate and confidential pastoral care, regardless of the situation.

Pastor James Wetzstein and Pastor Charlene Rachuy Cox


University Pastor James A. Wetzstein
Phone: 219 464-5093
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 eight-year-old son, Gabriel, and one dog and a bunch of cats. He draws a weekly, three-panel comic strip for churches called "Agnus Day."

University Pastor Charlene M. Rachuy Cox
Phone: 219 464-5093
Cell: 641 590-4520
Fax: 219 464-6688

Pastor Charlene Rachuy Cox is the regular speaker at Candlelight on Sunday nights, and the pastoral advisor for Fellowship Hall and the campus 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 15- and 14-year-old daughters, Torie and Elianna.  She loves walking with her giant schnoodle, Ari and her Bischon/poodle, Bob, and especially enjoys historical fiction.


Have another question or concern? Call (219) 464-5093 to get connected to the right person. Or email one of the pastors!

Mailing Address:
1600 Chapel Drive,Valparaiso IN 46383

You can also email prayer requests to


First-year FAQs!

The pastors are beginning a series of Frequently Asked Questions that first-year and incoming students tend to wrestle with. Read more.


Devotions from 2012-13

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:

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

Keeping the conversation going 4/2/13

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


Sermons at the Chapel of the Resurrection

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