Lutheran Ministry

Students often come to Valpo in search of a special place where they may explore their beliefs in an inclusive, faith-based community that welcomes diversity and fosters servant leadership in the Lutheran tradition.

At Valparaiso University, those explorations and conversations are part of the daily fabric of campus life. Students may participate in explorations of faith and values through lively discussions in and out of the classroom and across campus. Diversity of thought is welcomed and encouraged as students interact with others from almost every state in the country and from over 50 nations.

Spring break of my Sophomore year I had the opportunity to work with Restoration Ministries which provides people an opportunity for a fresh start.  One of the young men who graduated from Restoration’s program shortly after we were there is now a student at Valpo, and was inspired by our visit.  This along with other events during my time here have made my experience extremely worthwhile and fulfilling.    - Erin Moeller - 2012

The programs and activities of the Lutheran ministry at Valparaiso University provide a solid foundation for students who seek to experience servant leadership on campus, in their community, and abroad.

  • The Chapel of the Resurrection stands at the heart of campus and serves as a visible symbol of the intersection of faith and learning.
  • Students participate in chapel services and lead faith-based student organizations in service and worship activities on campus, in the community, and around the world.
  • Interdisciplinary service trips each year bring the concept of servant leadership to life through Engineers without Borders’ clean-water projects in Africa, community health outreach programs in Central America, and a host of others.
  • The Center for Church Vocations serves students seeking to explore church work as a vocation.
  • Special scholarships are available for students interested in pursuing the ministry or other church vocations.


Through chapel-based student groups, such as the Social Action Leadership Team, Valpo students take the lead on service projects that benefit local, regional, and global communities. Many of these projects take place during spring and summer breaks, enabling students to travel abroad with faculty mentors and participate in meaningful service and research. Students return from these experiences to reflect on how these extraordinary programs transformed their lives and helped shape their future.

Be a part of sustaining our Lutheran heritage. Please give to the Valpo Fund.