Religion and College Life

As a college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Roanoke stands for a steady and consistent cultivation of religious life and strives to develop in its students an understanding of a person’s ethical and spiritual responsibilities in society.

The religious life program is under the direction of the Dean of the Chapel, who is an ordained Lutheran pastor. The Assistant to the Chaplain has major responsibilities for program development with a special emphasis on service activities. In addition, Baptist and Roman Catholic campus ministers help provide a variety of religious activities.

The Religious Life Center is a gathering place for student fellowship, informal conversation, and dialogue over moral and theological issues that affect both the students and the society in which they live.

The opportunities for worship on campus include Chapel on Tuesday mornings, an informal service of Holy Communion on Wednesday evenings and special services on festivals and holy days. On Sunday, students are encouraged to worship in the local congregation of their choice. Roman Catholic Mass is offered every Sunday in Antrim Chapel.