The spiritual center of campus, the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel was moved stone by stone to Baldwin City from Sproxton, England.
Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Baker is home to students of many spiritual backgrounds.
A weekly chapel service on Thursdays at 11 a.m. is optional, and no classes or meetings are scheduled during that time.
Minister to the University, the Rev. Dr. Ira DeSpain, a Baker alumnus, greets students at the chapel door.
Baker University: A Mainstay in Methodist Tradition
Baker University was founded by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858 and named for the Kansas-Nebraska bishop of the MEC at that time, Osmon C. Baker.
All Are Welcome
University Ministry is ecumenical in nature, open to all people of faith, regardless of practices and denomination. Weekly chapel services are held in the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel on our Baldwin City campus on Thursdays at 11 a.m. No classes are held at that time to allow people who wish to attend Chapel to do so. Throughout the year, University Ministry hosts guest speakers and special events.
University Ministry & Osborne Chapel
The Rev. Ira DeSpain, a Baker graduate, has served as University Minister since 1992. The University Ministry office is located on the Baldwin City campus, where Rev. DeSpain serves all campuses through counsel, information and inspiration. Baker’s worship facility, Osborne Chapel, is open to the Baker community for worship, meditation, contemplation and ceremonies.
Since its founding, the University has held close ties with the Church, which became the Methodist Church beginning in 1939 and then the United Methodist Church in 1968 and has retained its affiliation. It is one of 196 colleges and universities in the United States with connections to the United Methodist Church.
We seek to continue the tradition established 150 years ago-—devotion to the Christian faith and academic excellence.