SPIRITUAL LIFE

Baker University was founded by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858 and named for the Kansas-Nebraska bishop of the MEC at that time, Osmon C. Baker.

University ministry is ecumenical in nature, open to all people of faith, regardless of practices and denomination. Weekly chapel services are held in the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel on our Baldwin City campus on Thursdays at 11 a.m. No classes are held at that time to allow people who wish to attend Chapel to do so. Throughout the year, University Ministry hosts guest speakers and special events.

Since its founding, the university has held close ties with the Church, which became the Methodist Church beginning in 1939 and then the United Methodist Church in 1968 and has retained its affiliation. It is one of 196 colleges and universities in the United States with connections to the United Methodist Church.

We seek to continue the tradition established 150 years ago—devotion to the Christian faith and academic excellence.

Reverend Kevin Hopkins welcomes students to the first chapel service of the year.

Ambassador Program

Baker Ambassadors travel to United Methodist churches in the Great Plains United Methodist 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 and 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, Kevin Hopkins, meets twice a month.

Selection Process
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 the minister to the university and current Ambassadors. After the interviews, a confirmation letter will be sent to each newly selected ambassador.

Called to Greatness

Called to Greatness is dedicated to acknowledging the work that the Lord is doing at Baker and in the world. CTG helps students discover, build, and start living a life of greatness as they realize God’s plan and purpose for their lives. CTG encourages students to see that Jesus Christ wants to influence and reign over every area of life and that all of life is spiritual –  including our interests, relationships, talents and career.

Through CTG, students develop in all areas of life so they might glorify God and advance His kingdom through their lives.

Other Worship Opportunities

Local Places of Worship

Baldwin City & Surrounding Area

Annunciation Catholic Church
740 N. 6th St.
785.594.3700

Baldwin First United Methodist Church
704 Eighth St.
785.594.6612

Ives Chapel UMC
1018 Miami
785.594.6555

Church of Christ
203 10th St.
785.594.6712

Church of Christ of Vinland
1702 N. 700 Road
785.594.3648

Fellowship Bible Church
622 High St.
Meets at 100 Bullpup Dr.
785.594.2256

Gospel Chapel
304 Third St.
785.594.2549

Lighthouse Baptist Temple
115 Sixth St.
785.594.4101

New Life Assembly of God
118 Fifth St.
785.594.3045

St. John’s United Church of Christ
396 E. 900 Road
785.594.3478

Vinland United Methodist Church
1724 N. 692 Road
785.594.3256

Worden United Methodist Church
294 E. 900 Road
785.594.7598

Wellsville

New Hope Baptist Church
4704 Highway K 68
785.883.2668

United Methodist Church of Wellsville
302 Locust St.
785.883.273

Wellsville Baptist Church
Third and Main streets
785.883.2640

Wellsville Family Worship Center
601 Locust St.
785.883.2533

Lawrence

View church directory.

Eudora

Eudora Assembly of God
800 Main St.
785.542.2182

Eudora Church of Christ
1530 Winchester Road
785.542.3304

Eudora United Methodist Church
E. 10th St.
785.542.3200

Family of Faith
2295 N. 1300 Road
785.542.3353

First Southern Baptist Church of Eudora
1103 Main
785.542.2734

Holy Family Catholic Church of Eudora
310 E. Ninth St.
785.542.2788

St. Paul United Church of Christ
314 E. Eighth St.
785.542.2785

Gardner

First Assembly of God
27772 W. 135th St.
913.856.4789

First Light United Methodist Faith Community
138 E. Main St.
913.424.8621

Gardner Church of Nazarene
16640 N. Moonlight Road
913.856.8307

Gardner First Baptist Church
324 E. Shawnee St.
913.884.7228

King of Kings Lutheran Church
306 E. Madison St.
913.856.2500

Edgerton

Assumption Catholic Church
114 E. Nelson St.
913.893.6272

Edgerton Southern Baptist Church
517 W. Morgan St.
913.882.6589

Edgerton United Methodist Church
300 E. Fourth St.
913.882.6735

Clearfield United Methodist Church
597 E. 2200 Road
785.883.2360

Minister to the University

A regular participant in music camps on the Baldwin City campus during his youth, the Rev. Kevin Hopkins returned to Baker University in 2014 to serve as minister to the university. Known as RevKev, Hopkins was the senior pastor at Leavenworth (Kansas) First United Methodist Church from 2009 to 2014.

“I have been affiliated with several private colleges in Kansas, and Baker has always been the school that is highly respected by other regional schools,” says Hopkins, originally from Hutchinson, Kansas. “For the past several years now, I have felt God calling me to return to campus ministry.”

The Rev. Kevin Hopkins

CONTACT US

The Rev. Kevin Hopkins
Minister to the University
Clarice L. Osborne Chapel
785.594.4554
kevin.hopkins@bakerU.edu

Hours
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday