Student Religious Organizations

Taking into consideration the needs of various student constituencies, the Office of the Chaplains accredits a number of externally supported and student-founded religious organizations, currently including the following groups.

These organizations welcome all Willamette students to their fellowships regardless of their religious background.

  1. Campus Ambassadors
  2. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  3. Jewish Student Union
  4. Newman Club

1. Campus Ambassadors

Student Contacts: Matt Kenagy and Hannah Shively
Advisor: Sarah Kirk, professor of chemistry

Campus Ambassadors exists to build diverse communities through which students' lives are transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. We seek to accomplish this by meeting as a community for weekly Bible study, prayer, and encouragement. We also hold a weekly meeting for anyone interested in being trained to minister to their peers and have occasional social events, retreats, and special outreach events on campus and in the community.

2. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Student Contact: Dave Luther
Advisor: Mark Stewart, professor of psychology

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is partnering with God on campus to establish witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus - growing in love for God, God's word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture, and God's purposes in the world. Whether you consider yourself a follower of Jesus or not, we invite you to "check us out." We welcome honest questions and curiosity. We believe that everything matters to Jesus, so come learn how your faith intersects with your life at Willamette!

InterVarsity offers a variety of activities and places to connect:

  • Weekly small group Bible studies in Greek houses and residence halls across campus
  • Fun events to meet new people and build relationships
  • Conferences and retreats away from campus both semesters
  • Outreach events in the community and on campus
  • Daily prayer meetings - praying for each other, the campus, and the world

3. Jewish Student Union

Student Contacts: Tova Hershman
Advisors: Todd Silverstein, professor of chemistry, and Gary Ellison, assistant chaplain

The JSU provides a community through which Jewish students may come together to celebrate holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and Yom HaSho'ah) and connect with other Jewish students. JSU members work together to provide transportation to the local temple for regular services and larger celebrations of all major holidays. We also provide non-Jewish students the opportunity to explore Judaism by welcoming them at our weekly Shabbat Kiddush on Friday evenings.

4. Newman Club

Student Contacts: Jordan Ruiz and Itsel Venegas Trujillo
Advisor: Bill Kelm, systems librarian

The Newman Club exists to bring Catholic fellowship to all students, faculty, and staff on the Willamette University campus through service and faith formation. The group meets weekly, prays the Rosary, organizes service projects, and holds spiritual retreats throughout the year.