To experience ‘unity of the spirit in the bond of peace’ (Ephesians 4:3) through engaging with God in a multitude of expressions ‘in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24).
At this time, COVID-19 guidelines permit us to physically distance approximately 55 people in our chapel. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as the need arises in coordination with local, state, and federal recommendations.
We appreciate your prayer and flexibility as we navigate new terrain. God is good and his love endures forever!
All chapel services will be Livestreamed on Facebook and can be viewed on our GCTS website.
The sacred scriptures are full of examples of many expressions of worship throughout the Old Testament and New Testament. As an interdenominational seminary with a commitment to “thinking theologically, engaging globally and living biblically,” we actively and intentionally accept the challenge to worship together “in spirit and in truth.” Let us gather together, joining the many expressions of our worship as a family-friendly, living-learning, worshiping community.
We come from every corner of the earth representing a variety of ethnicities, people groups and cultures with different abilities, varying opinions and a wealth of experiences. We are contemplative, charismatic, meditative and improvisatory. We come from different stations of life, having excelled in many different professions and yet, we all come with a strong commitment to answer God’s call to study, serve and worship here at the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
The Office of the Chapel welcomes you to bring your expression of worship to join the many in revealing the uniformed unity of God’s great gift of diversity while holding fast to the shared belief that worship is biblical, relational and a generous, expressive & formative outpouring of ourselves before God.
O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
For He is our God;
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of His hand.
– Psalm 95:6-7A (KJV)
The Chapel experiences represent the rich diversity of our global campus community. Students, their families (including children!), staff, administrators, and faculty are all invited to participate and lead in our communal worship experience. All forms of expressive arts are encouraged and desired! If you would like to be involved in Chapelexperiences, you are warmly invited to fill out the form below or contact the Office of the Chapel at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
In general, Chapel consists of a time of prayer, a few worship songs or hymns, and preaching of the word by students, faculty, or guests.
Each Chapel experience is a little different, as we express our worship through a variety of traditions and styles.
No! Come as you are and worship.
Absolutely! Chapel is open to everyone. No exceptions.
Yes, PLEASE! We love having kids in Chapel! Jesus said to let the little children come and do not hinder them, so we do our best to make this true for each child. We have special reserved seating for families with children with easy access to the exit. We have space set aside for stroller parking and even a TV set up with the livestream for those who have the more rambunctious kids who need a place to run and play. All ages are welcome!
Absolutely! Everyone is always welcome to Chapel.
The Retreat House Chapel serves as an intimate space for prayer gatherings, retreats and communal worship for small to medium size groups. Housed in the oldest building on campus, the Retreat House once served as the home of the generous family who bequeathed their lush 118-acre estate to the Catholic Church. The inherited estate served as the home to the Carmelite Junior Seminary prior to the 1969/ 1970 purchase of the campus by the newly founded Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The Retreat House Chapel maintains much of the monastic ambience of its previous caretakers and to this day continues to contain original pews from the Carmelite Junior Seminary.
The J. Christy Wilson Chapel has a rich legacy at Gordon-Conwell’s Hamilton Campus. Named for the legendary professor of World Evangelism (1974-1992) and former Dean of the Chapel who not only knew everyone’s name but would gather with students, staff and faculty everyday at noon to unite in prayer for the peoples and nations of the world, the Wilson Chapel remains the site of this daily prayer activity decades later. Found on the second floor of the Kerr Memorial Building, the Wilson Chapel serves as a destination for small groups, prayer groups, personal/ group journaling, meditation, musical engagement, communal worship (unto 25 people) and of course, Prayer for the Nations.
The Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. & Margaret Ruth Kaiser Chapel serves as the main worship space for the Hamilton Campus. Constructed in 1984, the Kaiser Chapel, as it is affectionately known was dedicated in honor of President Emeritus Kaiser (1997-2006) and his beloved wife of 56 years. The Kaiser Chapel serves as the site for Opening Convocation, Tuesday & Wednesday Chapel and numerous other prayer and worship experiences hosted by various seminary departments. The Kaiser Chapel is also frequented used for external weddings, retreats, conferences and large gatherings.