Spiritual Life

You are a Jesus follower

At Houghton College, you will live authentically for Christ in our world and serve God with everything you've got. This is a safe place to ask questions and find answers while walking alongside others who will support and challenge you.

Spiritual Formation

At Houghton, students have an active role in spiritual formation. Professors integrate faith into classes, mentoring sessions, and even discussions over coffee. Chapel services intersect academics, community, and faith. Prayer groups and worship services lift God’s name on high. Here, everyday rhythms become opportunities for God’s presence.

Houghton student worshipping in chapel


The purpose of chapel is to affirm our corporate identity as a Christian liberal arts college which is part of the larger body of Christ.

Our times of corporate gathering are expressions of this identity. We desire these gatherings to reflect the varied composition and needs of our community of faith and academic pursuits.

Specifically, we seek chapel times which are:

  • Participatory: An opportunity for community members to encounter God through music, scripture, prayer, communion and contemplation
  • Celebratory: An expression of corporate worship and occasionally a time of recognition of those in our past and present who serve as spiritual examples
  • Revelatory: A time to grow in our understanding and knowledge of God
  • Expository: An expansion of our understanding of scripture, Christian truths and experience and how these inform our individual and corporate spiritual identity
  • Educational: Encourage a wider understanding of Christian theologies, worship, art and liturgy.

Chapel Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:15-11:50.

Chapel is a chance to worship God together in song, prayer, Scripture and sermon. On Mondays, we'll hear from on-campus and off-campus guests. Most Fridays, Dean Jordan or Dr. JL Miller will speak. And on Wednesdays, we have a variety of music and Bible study.

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Worship Opportunities

Daily Morning Prayer

Each weekday at 7:20 a.m., we gather for morning prayer in the Marjorie Paine Prayer Chapel, on the lower level of Wesley Chapel. This is a simple, 15-minute service of singing, Scripture, and prayer for the needs of campus and the world.

Download the Morning Prayer Guide

Daily Communion

Each weekday at 4:00 p.m., we gather for a communion service. This service goes to various sites on campus to accommodate student and faculty schedules throughout the week.


Koinonia is a student-led, informal praise gathering of college students who desire to encounter Jesus Christ through worship in songs, scripture, prayer, and testimony. Koinonia meets in the Wesley Chapel on Sunday evenings from approximately 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Mercy Seat

Mercy Seat is a student-led prayer movement which meets Monday–Friday from 8-9 p.m. in the basement of Wesley Chapel to intercede on behalf of the campus, the county, and the nations and to seek intimate encounters with the Lord. Meetings are led by a worship team, combining worship songs, intercessory prayers, meditation on scripture, and various forms of art.

A Passion to Serve

Service is a cornerstone of the Christian life – and Houghton is no different. Our students travel to Buffalo to help refugee families read, volunteer as a Big Brother/Big Sister for local kids, teach soccer to children in Africa, visit and perform for elderly shut-ins, and more. Our students touch lives locally, regionally, and internationally – and, in turn, leave Houghton changed.

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