Welcome to Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry at Wartburg College. We are here to care for and support the entire campus community with God’s grace and love.

Our mission: Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry is called by the Holy Spirit to participate in God’s mission by welcoming everyone as Christ among us by:

  • Accompanying people of diverse religious backgrounds on their spiritual journeys
  • Equipping the Body of Christ to nurture Christian faith
  • Championing the College’s religious identity

We do this through worship, caring conversations, vocational discernment, teaching, and faith-building events. Please read on for more information about these activities and how to set up a time to meet with us.

Upcoming Events

Reconciling in Christ

Statement of Welcome
Because gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families are often scorned by society and alienated from the Church, we wish to make known our caring nature and concern. It is for this purpose that we affirm the following: As a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and in keeping with Wartburg College’s values of diversity and inclusion, the college openly welcomes and affirms people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and understands them to be an important part of the campus community.


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Weekday Chapel Services

Sunday Worship Services


Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry supports student and staff ministry leaders. For more information about these groups please contact Pastor Brian brian.beckstrom@wartburg.edu.

Psalm 149 (Worship Dance) –– Express your faith through dance on campus and in congregations.

Catholic Knights –– Gather with other Roman Catholic students for fellowship and learning.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes –– Combine your love of sports and faith.

Hope Overflow – Traveling worship band and service group

Chapel Ambassadors – Faculty/Staff group that supports ministry on campus


Worship services take place throughout the week in the Wartburg Chapel. Watch Chapel services live or on-demand on Knightvision

Weekday Chapel: M, W, F 10:15 AM-10:35 a.m.A 20-minute opportunity for worship and reflection led by Senior Students, Faculty, and Staff. There are no classes during Chapel time so it’s a great opportunity to pause and reflect in the midst of a busy day.

Sanctuary: Wednesday, 9-10 p.m. (Not live streamed)Sanctuary is a holy space in the midst of your busy life where you can recharge and renew. Expect a relaxed time of bible study, fellowship, worship band music, prayers, and communion. It takes place on Wednesday evenings at 9 PM in the Chapel Commons (basement). Come by at 8:45 for snacks and fellowship.

Sunday Morning Worship: Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.At least once per month we offer a Sunday morning worship service where all are welcome. This liturgical celebration often includes special music, communion, and the talents of Dr. Karen Black, cantor and college organist. 2018-19 Dates: Aug. 26, Sept. 2, Sept. 9 (11 a.m.), Oct. 21 (10 a.m., Neumann Auditorium), Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, March 17, April 14, May 26 (10 a.m., Neumann Auditorium) 


Completed in 1994, the Wartburg Chapel is the center for campus worship and faith expression groups. It is also utilized for concerts, weddings, funerals, and church and community events.



Brian Beckstrom

Dean of Spiritual Life/Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair

Karen Black

Cantor and College Organist, Professor of Music, Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor in Organ