Centered in Christ, the ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection proclaims God’s love, serves students, faculty, staff and the wider community, and welcomes all.
Two university pastors serve the Valpo community through worship, mentoring, pastoral care, and spiritual nurture. While both pastors are Lutheran, they serve all, regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation. Deaconess Kristin Lewis is serving as Interim Campus Minister for 2018-19 and 2019-20. A search for the next ELCA University Pastor will occur during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Valparaiso University’s operations have been modified to keep our campus community safe and healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable populations. As part of the preparedness plan, the Chapel is being closed effective March 25, 2020, and our Sunday morning worship services, Sunday evening Candlelight service, and Wednesday evening Celebrate! services will not be held at the Chapel of the Resurrection until further notice. These communities will continue to be served online and in other creative ways by our pastoral and student staff.
Morning Prayer — normally at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday — is online. Use this link to come to Morning Prayer virtually.
To join in on the Celebrate! worship (10 p.m. Wednesday), go to this Facebook page when they’ll be doing a Facebook Live event.
This Sunday morning, meet us online for a Service of Word and Prayer. At 10 a.m. Sunday access our abbreviated Sunday virtual service here.
While the Chapel is closed effective March 25, a 24/7 livestream of the Chapel’s sanctuary can be found here.
Chapel sermons and reflections are available in various online formats. You can find audio recordings from Sunday morning, Celebrate!, Candlelight, and Morning Prayer services here. Morning Prayer reflections from Spring 2020 can be found on the Chapel YouTube page.
Our pastoral staff will continue to be available and encourage you to use their “You Can Book Me” contacts for appointments.
What you can expect during “normal” times
There are eight times each week to worship on campus when classes are in session during the regular school year:
Holy Communion is celebrated Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
For the Spring 2020 semester, on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m., Candlelight Evening Prayer gathers around word, song and prayer.
Celebrate! is our weekly praise band service of Holy Communion that meets on Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer is a 20-minute service every weekday at 10:00 a.m. Each day offers a different style of worship through which the Valpo community joins together in prayer and praise.
Listen to audio from various services
Students are invited and encouraged to participate in a variety of ministry and leadership opportunities through the Chapel of the Resurrection. Students are welcome to serve in both planning and leadership roles for all worship services. Other ministry opportunities include SALT (Social Action Leadership Team), BRO (Brothers Reaching Out), SIS (Sisters in Spirit), Kantorei (Chapel Choir, by audition), Peer Ministry (residential and cohort ministry), LuMin (ELCA campus ministry) and LCMS-U. The Chapel Programming Council (CPC) was started by students in 2018-19 to help introduce students to the Chapel with fun activities.
Students are also encouraged to bring their ideas and passions for new ministry experiences to the life of the Chapel.
Walter Wangerin Jr. Celebration of Excellence in Preaching Series
The Chapel hosts four special guest preachers a year as part of the Walter Wangerin Jr. Celebration of Excellence in Preaching Series. Read more about our 2019-20 series.