Spiritual Life

Faith and spiritual practice is an important part of life for many students at Buena Vista University. The University offers ongoing support, information, and programming related to spirituality and religion. Student Success, along with the Chaplain and Center for Diversity and Inclusion, provide opportunities to connect with others from a range of traditions.

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Worship Opportunities

BVU offers many options for students wishing to enrich their spiritual lives. Contact Melanie for more information about any of our options!


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IMPACT is a student-led, interdenominational Christian organization designed to build and nurture community while offering opportunities to grow deeper in faith through worship, service, leadership, intentional reflection and study.

Bible Study

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Campus ministries offers a variety of Bible study sessions.  There are men's sessions and women's sessions offered at different times throughout the week.


The BVU chapter works to promote the Fellowship of Christian Athletes vision: to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. We'd love to see you for friendly competition, new faces, and worship.

Looking for more resources? Check out our campus resources

BVU Spiritual Life Events

What is Chapel?

Our chapel service is a non-denominational Christian service held every Thursday at 11 a.m. It is a time where students, staff, and faculty members can come and share in a time of worship to God. A weekly sermon is given by University Chaplain Melanie Hauser, or a BVU student, to help cultivate and tend to everyone's faith and relationship with and/or toward God.

We believe that everyone's spiritual relationship is important and we are always looking to involve people in our events and services!  Everyone is also welcome to share in a time of worship, praise, prayer, sharing of the Word and spiritual discernment in an ecumenical environment. This time is a privilege for us to take a few moments away from our busy schedules and experience God in a new, energetic, and exciting way.

If anyone is interested in assisting with praise and worship with your vocal or instrumental talents, or offering a message, drama or skit, please contact chaplain Melanie Hauser at hauser2@bvu.edu. Hope to see you there!

Meet Our Chaplain

Melanie Hauser
Dr. Melanie Hauser
University Chaplain
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Local Places of Worship

All Saints Episcopal Church
121 W. Marina Road, Storm Lake
712.732.1314 or 712.202.6624
Worship Time: Sunday 10 a.m.
Rev. Don Keeler, Priest

Bethel Baptist Church
313 West Hwy 7, Newell
Worship Times:
Sunday 10 a.m.
Rev. Jim Bartsch
Rev. Phil Struska, Associate
Pastor: Paul Steele

Buddhist Temple
6018 Rothmore Rd., Storm Lake

Communidad Cristiana
Juan and Mari Luisa Garcia
Los Domingos 11 a.m.
712.732.5161 or 712.732.3854

Church of Christ
505 West Hwy 7, Alta
Rick Bender, Minister
Worship Time: Sunday 9 a.m.

Church of Christ
225 East 6th St., Storm Lake
Worship Time: Sunday 9 a.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
712 Highway 110
Storm Lake, IA 50588

Faith Bible Christian Outreach Center
1601 W. Milwaukee Ave., Storm Lake
Worship Times: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. College Bible Study

Faith United Assembly of God
1501 Milwaukee Ave., Storm Lake
Pastor: Jerry Greenwood
Worship Time: Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Thursday Prayer Service 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church
105 E. Third St., Storm Lake
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

Grace Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod)
1407 W. 5th St., Storm Lake
Rev. Steve Schulz
Worship Time: Saturday 9 a.m. Sunday 9 a.m.

Hope Evangelical Free Church
2015 W. Milwaukee Ave., Storm Lake
Pastor James Roland
Worship: Sunday 9:30 a.m. 
Sunday School: 10:45 (all ages)
SHINE children’s program: Wed. 5:30 pm (during the school year)

Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall
525 Geisinger Rd., Storm Lake

Lakeside Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
110 E. 3rd St., Storm Lake
Worship Time: 10 a.m.

St. John Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod)
402 Lake Ave., Storm Lake
Worship Times: Saturday 6 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. & Adult Bible Study 7 p.m.
Pastor: Bruce Lessmann

St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA)
1614 W. 5th St., Storm Lake
Rev. Connie Spitzack
Worship Time: Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.

St. Mary's Catholic Church
320 Seneca St., Storm Lake
Father Timothy Friedrichsen
Father David Esquiliano
Worship Times: Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 8 & 10 a.m.
Spanish Mass: Sunday 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Storm Lake United Methodist Church
211 E. 3rd St., Storm Lake
Rev. Jerry Oakland
Associate Pastor: Rev. Paula Cripps
Worship Times: Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 (traditional) and 11 a.m. (contemporary)
Sunday School all ages: 9:45 a.m.

Southeast Asian Community Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
815 E. 5th St., Storm Lake
Rev. Barry Thong Vanh
Worship Time: Sunday 11 a.m.

Storm Lake Area Unitarian/Universalist Association
Harold Walter Siebens Forum
Buena Vista University
610 W. Fourth St., Storm Lake
First and Third Sundays 10:30 a.m.

Summit Evangelical Free Church
1000 Main St., Alta
Rev. Doug Corlew
Worship Times: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Zion Lutheran Church
1725 555th St., Storm Lake
712.732.5223 or 712.732.5323
Pastor Stephen Kieser
Worship Time: Sunday 10 a.m.