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.
Who Are the Baker Ambassadors?
Baker Ambassadors travel to United Methodist churches in the Kansas East Conference to participate in worship services and talk with youth. We visit approximately 20 churches a semester, serving as role models and making an impact on college-bound youth. In addition to leading church services, ambassadors also contribute to the weekly chapel service on campus, organize and run campus activities such as Bingo Night and a Halloween hay-rack ride. We contribute to community service projects such as our Homeless Simulation, which raised $1,160 for the local Emergency Relief Fund. The group, headed by Campus Minister, Ira DeSpain, meets twice a month.
Qualifications to Become an Ambassador
Ambassadors must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Membership in the United Methodist church is not a requirement; the only requirement is a desire to serve the Lord. In addition, the Ambassadors are asked to attend the weekly on-campus chapel service and to participate in church visits and ambassador chapel services.
Applicants are interviewed by Ira DeSpain and two current Ambassadors. After the interviews, a confirmation letter will be sent to each newly selected ambassador.
A fall training session will be announced at the beginning of the school year. Each new Ambassador is required to attend.
Ira DeSpain, Minister to the University
Kris Oehlert, Chapel Secretary