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.
Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel
The Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel was moved stone by stone from the village of Sproxton, England, to serve as the spiritual center of the University. The chapel was dedicated at Baker in 1996 by Lady Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister, whose father had preached in the building. Today, weekly University worship services are held at 11 a.m. on Thursdays during the academic year. Services are optional, and no classes or meetings are held at that time. The nondenominational services allow students to stay connected with their religious practices and to explore their beliefs during college.
Originally built in 1864, the Sproxton Methodist Chapel served its members for 124 years. Robert R. Osborne, of Olathe, Kan., generously provided the funding to dismantle, ship and rebuild the chapel, which was renamed to honor his wife, Clarice.
Osborne Chapel is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. The University Minister's office is located in the lower level, along with a fellowship area for students.