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Chapel of the Resurrection

The Chapel of the Resurrection

Centered in Christ, the Ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection proclaims God’s love and serves students, faculty, and staff by building an inclusive community. Learn more about the University’s Lutheran character.

Worship with us

There are eight services a week, open to all, when classes are in session from August through May.

Worship with us this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. And learn about upcoming Sundays.

Previous livestreams of our Sunday Morning WorshipCelebrate! and Candlelight worship as well as Morning Prayer speakers are all accessible through our YouTube channel.

Sermons online

Previous Chapel sermons and reflections from Sunday morning, Celebrate!, Candlelight, and Morning Prayer services can be found here. You can also find video of services on the Chapel YouTube page.

You are invited to provide feedback about our worship services

Contact a Pastor

Need to talk with one of our campus pastors?

New Assistant Vice President

The Rev. Brian A.F. Beckstrom has joined Valparaiso University as assistant vice president for mission, church, and ministry. Learn more.

Agnus Day

Check out Pastor Jim’s weekly cartoon Agnus Day, that he creates to accompany the liturgical texts.

“The Pipes of Valparaiso: A Holiday Celebration”

Lakeshore PBS is partnering with the Chapel to present a showcase of music from the Reddel Memorial Organ, “The Pipes of Valparaiso: A Holiday Celebration.” The half-hour Christmas special will premiere December 20, and then be rebroadcast on December 23 and 25 for residents across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland to enjoy around the holidays. Learn more

Giving a gift to the Chapel

Financial gifts to support the ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection are always appreciated. You can donate through the university’s secure giving page. After you enter the amount you wish to give, click on the “Designation Options” and choose “Other” then designate your gift for the Chapel of the Resurrection.

More about the Chapel

Take a 360-degree look at the building and learn about its history. The Chapel of the Resurrection was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. See the latest virtual campus tour that begins at the Chapel. Or watch this Prezi presentation, created by students, to “walk” you through the building. Watch this Lakeshore PBS “Eye on the Arts” video about the Chapel’s organ. Read more about the Coventry Chairs that were redesigned for our Chapel.

To reserve space for either the Chapel or Helge Center, contact Deb Garbukas, 219.465.7956.

This Sunday: Dec. 11,  the third Sunday of Advent. Worship begins at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.  Rev. James A. Wetzstein, University Pastor, preaches and presides. Special this week: Prelude and announcements in the main chapel. Baptism in the baptistry followed by a procession to Gloria Christi where the majority of the service will take place.

Sermons:  Audio versions as well as some video of sermons, homilies, and reflections from the school year can be found on our Sermons page. Sermons are not recorded during the academic break.

Including Sunday morning worship, when classes are in session during the regular school year we normally offer eight worship services a week. During the regular school year, Morning Prayer is our most frequent service. Celebrate! is worship in a creative, laid-back style Wednesdays at 10 p.m.  Candlelight Evening Prayer helps set the tone for the week in a contemplative fashion by candlelight, 9 p.m. Sundays.

We are once more accepting reservations for weddings at the Chapel. You can read our marriage service guidelines here. Download the application here. Call Deb Garbukas at 219.465.7956 or email her at

For those interested in being baptized or having their children baptized at the Chapel, the policy and application form can now also be found here. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rev. James A. Wetzstein.