The Spiritual Center of the University
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.
Originally built in 1864, the Sproxton Methodist Chapel served its members for 124 years. Robert R. Osborne, of Olathe, Kansas, generously provided the funding to dismantle, ship and rebuild the chapel, which was renamed to honor his wife, Clarice.
Today, weekly university worship services are held at 11 a.m. on Thursdays during the academic year. Services are optional, and no classes are held at that time. The nondenominational services allow students to stay connected with their spiritual life practices and to explore their beliefs during college.
Osborne Chapel is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment only on the weekends and evenings. Appointments can be set up through the contact info at the top of the page. The university minister’s office and a fellowship area for students are located in the lower level of the chapel.
Weddings at Baker
We are pleased you are considering renting the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel on the Baldwin City campus of Baker University as the site of your wedding. This information will assist you with determining arrangements.