Our Lutheran faith resonates in everything we do at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and worship plays an important role in campus life. Whether you’re interested in bible study, spiritual renewal retreats, serving others on and off campus, or learning more about spiritual life, LR Campus Ministry is open to every student, regardless of their faith background.
A grand structure with arches that soar more than 53 feet above a tiled floor, Grace Chapel is a distinctive feature and the University’s signature building. Behind the pulpit, a 12-foot diameter rose window depicts a risen Christ upon his throne.
A distinctive focal point of the church, the pipe organ took over 10,000 hours to make, spread over the course of nearly a year and a half. Instillation took about three weeks, with an additional seven weeks spent toning and finishing the organ. The C.B. Fisk Organ Company, hired to build and install the organ, was founded in Massachusetts more than 50 years ago.
There are two altars in Grace Chapel. The main altar is the focus for worship services and is carved from oak. The Latin phrase on the front apron of the altar, Jesu Bone Pastor, is translated Jesus the Good Shepherd. The marble altar, located in the Daily Eucharist Chapel in the right tower, is used when the Holy Eucharist is celebrated each day.
Because the University is an institution of higher learning of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the chapel embraces the worship style of the ELCA. However, it also honors the ecumenical traditions of other denominations.