No matter your path, Valpo takes your spiritual journey seriously.
As an independent Lutheran institution, our commitment to each student and to the creation of a caring community is rooted in our faith tradition.
Lutheran and Welcoming
Valpo warmly welcomes students of all faiths. While Lutherans comprise about 30 percent of the student body, there are many faiths present on campus. One-fourth of our students are Catholic. Other faiths represented include other Christian denominations, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam.
In the classroom and beyond, the deep connections between faith and learning are respected and explored. We cultivate an open dialogue that enables you to broaden your world view and connect with fellow students from diverse traditions.
Chapel of the Resurrection
The historic Chapel of the Resurrection is the focal point for worship, devotional life, ministry, and many cultural events.
Two university pastors serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff, especially when issues of faith, relationships, or vocation may arise.
Students are also invited to attend spiritual retreats, which lead participants in the disciplines of prayer and spiritual discernment, especially in the area of life vocation.
The Chapel invites you to participate in a variety of worship opportunities — from Morning Prayer services, held each weekday, to traditional Sunday services, to Candlelight evening prayer, to contemporary Celebrate! services held weekly. Students provide leadership in planning the majority of morning, evening, and contemporary services.
In addition, a multitude of Christian congregations in the town of Valparaiso welcome students for worship and fellowship.
SALT: The Social Action Leadership Team
SALT is the social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University. As a community, students seek to embody the Christian call to be the “salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). SALTers are equipped to lead lives of social justice and serve as agents for positive change in their communities. Learn more about SALT »
Fellowship Hall and Residential Ministry
The Chapel sponsors Fellowship Hall, an on-campus intentional Christian community centered in Guild/Memorial Halls. Membership is characterized by common prayer, leadership discussions, and retreats.
The Chapel also works with the Office of Residential Life to maintain prayer chapels in each of the residence halls as places for prayer and meditation, song, and art.