Asbury Seminary Chapel is a place where you are invited to come and encounter God through word and table, musical worship, and prayer. Prayer is a vital spiritual discipline and a imperative practice of the Christian life.
“Of all spiritual disciplines prayer is the most central
because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.”
– Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
Each building on the Wilmore Campus includes a prayer chapel open and available for use during the hours that the seminary is open. Students are encouraged to use these chapels for personal prayer and reflection. Each chapel has its own design and feel.
Construction of Estes began in l952 after Asbury received a large gift from the Estes family. Estes Chapel is the central place of worship at Asbury Seminary. Chapel services, convocations, healing prayer events and seasonal services are held regularly. Estes is also a popular wedding location with its long center aisle. Walk up the aisle and kneel at the altar and experience a moment of prayer in this holy space.
Haskins-Luce Prayer Chapel
Located immediately beside Estes, down the long adjacent hall, the Luce Chapel is reminiscent of gospel churches across America. Before every public service in Estes, a prayer meeting is held in Luce.
Small covenant services and spiritual conversations also find a welcome in Luce Chapel. Sit for a few minutes and let your mind remember an old hymn or a memory of a time when God met you in an old church.
Giorgianni Prayer Closet
Across from Royal Auditorium, this prayer closet is an intensely personal prayer chapel, usually used for solitude and personal prayer. Step inside and close the door to experience the deep sense of peace in this space.
Stanger Prayer Chapel
Across from the gymnasium and fitness loft, another quiet space awaits a visitor. Most often used as a healing prayer chapel, the art on the walls represents the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Designed for a small group engaged in prayer, Stanger Prayer Chapel has been host to deep soul moments. Pause to meditate on the art and consider the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your own life.
Richard Allen Chapel
Located on the first floor of the Beeson Center, this space is highly liturgical and represents a distinct stream of spiritual practice. The Richard Allen Chapel is a beautifully crafted space that serves many worship gatherings. Stand in the middle of the room and speak a few words to hear the excellent acoustic structure of the ceiling.
Kalas Preaching Chapel
Kalas Preaching Chapel is well named for a beloved professor and former Seminary President who has mentored many students in the art of Biblical preaching. The space is ideal as a laboratory for preaching experience and is located on the second floor of the Beeson Center.
McKenna is a large chapel that houses a magnificent pipe organ. McKenna is often used for teaching, workshops, conferences, or other special events because of the stadium seating and stage lighting. Chapel services are sometimes moved to McKenna Chapel as well.
Shabbat Shalom Chapel
The Shabbat Shalom Room of Peace is situated off a busy hallway on the ground floor of the McPheeters building and is designed to create soul-deep quiet in the midst of life. Many students stop by on their way to the Counseling or Intercultural Studies departments to orient themselves to the Spirit of God before taking up their books. If you have time, pause and read the ‘litany of a person’ scripted on the banner in the hallway. Prayer connects us with our true humanity in the presence of God.
Fletcher Chapel is uniquely designed for the celebration of Eucharist. Take note of the table in the middle of the room. Although this chapel is often used as a classroom for studies in Spiritual Formation, the room serves best as a sacred space for a communal practice of feasting at the Lord’s table. Eucharistic services are held daily (except Wednesdays) at noon. All are welcome.
Outside the Fletcher Chapel is a small prayer garden built in memory of Lanny Carroll Spears II (late son of retired staff member Lanny Spears). Notice the small labyrinth painted on the ground. If you are unfamiliar with the labyrinth as a spiritual symbol, read the short explanation of a labyrinth on the door leading out to the garden.
During Communion on Wednesdays, trained prayer ministers from the Asbury Healing Academy are available to pray for you. Whether you’d like specific prayer for healing, or simply someone to intercede with you for a prayer request, members of this team will come alongside you in seeking the Lord.