A grand and beautiful place for multi-denomination worship, a world-class sacred music program, and all-College ceremonies.
Hillsdale College is committed, by its Articles of Association, to provide “sound learning” of the kind needed to maintain “civil and religious liberty,” as well as “to teach by precept and example the essentials of the Christian faith.” In keeping with the latter, the College is building a grand and beautiful chapel, to be named Christ Chapel, in the heart of its campus.
Named after the church in Philadelphia where America’s Founding Fathers worshiped during the Continental Congress, Christ Chapel will stand as an affirmation of Hillsdale’s Christian roots and identity, serve as a reminder that civil and religious liberty are inseparable, and provide a much-needed place of worship for all Hillsdale College students, regardless of denomination.
Christ Chapel will join Central Hall as one of the two most significant buildings on campus. Longtime Hillsdale friends Jack and Jo Babbitt have made an extraordinary leadership gift of $12.5 million for the Chapel’s construction and maintenance. They have issued a challenge for other friends of the College to match their gift by 2018. We invite you to be a part of this milestone endeavor.
A DEEPLY FAITHFUL COLLEGE
Hillsdale College is not affiliated with a church or denomination. But our students will tell you that their faith grows and deepens here. In and out of the classroom, Hillsdale students are engaged in religious activities and in conversations about faith – about its role in their personal lives and in the nation. Located in the center of campus, Christ Chapel will be a place where students, faculty, and staff can practice their faith as a community.
THE HUB AND HEART OF CAMPUS SPIRITUAL LIFE
Created for students by students, spiritual life at Hillsdale is as robust as what you would find at colleges with religious affiliations. Campus religious groups thrive here, as do student-led Bible studies in residence halls, Greek houses, and off-campus student housing. Christ Chapel will serve the many ways Hillsdale students live out their faith on campus.
A SENSE OF TRANSCENDENCE, NOBLE AND LONGLASTING.
The design for Christ Chapel was inspired by Central Hall, the historic focal point of campus. The key elements of Central Hall’s exterior will all find counterparts in the Chapel, making it an ideal architectural complement.
The Chapel’s architect, Duncan Stroik, is a professor of architecture at Notre Dame University and a leading designer of sacred spaces throughout the United States.
TIMELESS GRANDEUR AND BEAUTY
The interior of the Chapel pays homage to the quintessential English church, St. Martin-in-the-Fields—which in turn inspired Christ Church in Philadelphia. The Chapel’s 64-foot painted barrel ceilings, fourteen columns, wooden pews, and arched windows will give it a timeless grandeur and beauty.
THE CHAPEL AS PERFORMANCE SPACE
The Chapel will establish Hillsdale as a place with a sacred music program with few peers. It will have two world-class organs—one in the chancel and a grand organ in the balcony. Dennis Fleischer, a master designer of spaces for worship, music performance, and education, will create the acoustical environment.
Music plays a central role in campus life at Hillsdale. More than one-third of our students are involved in music on campus, and concerts garner enthusiastic audiences. The Chapel will provide the inspiration and environment for our campus musicians and audiences to experience more challenging works—and more frequently.
“THE CHAPEL’S LOCATION IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING IS PROFOUNDLY INTENTIONAL.”
There has never been a great university that was not heavily concerned with the question of God. There has never been serious Christian practice that was not heavily concerned with learning. Christ Chapel will be a daily reminder of this central fact. It will be where the entire Hillsdale College family can learn, grow, and find inspiration.
— Larry P. Arnn, 12th president of Hillsdale College
Leaders in Tulsa’s business and philanthropic community, Jack and Jo Babbitt have also been exceptionally generous to Hillsdale College. They support several students through an endowed scholarship, provide funding for a variety of programs, and are Diamond members of the President’s Club. Their Chapel gift provides the latest proof that an unwavering faith drives their philanthropy.
MAKING YOUR MARK
There are a limited number of naming opportunities within Christ Chapel. Through your gift, you are linked with the traditions and future of Hillsdale College and its Chapel in perpetuity.
$15,000 – $24,999
Large Paving Stone in Chapel Plaza
$25,000 – $99,999
Pew on Main Floor or Balcony (inset brass plaque)
$100,000 – $249,999
Sanctuary Window or Pillar (bronze plaque)
$250,000 and above
Narthex Wall (engraved list)
THE REBIRTH OF LIBERTY & LEARNING CAMPAIGN
Christ Chapel is a key component of Hillsdale’s Rebirth of Liberty and Learning Campaign designed to further the College’s mission on campus, in Washington, D.C., and nationwide.
MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY
May earth be better and heaven be richer because of the life and labor of Hillsdale College
— Inscription in a Bible placed in the 1853 cornerstone of Central Hall
We invite you to become part of this extraordinary philanthropic opportunity. In making Christ Chapel a reality, you will be creating a place where all members of the Hillsdale College community can worship and find inspiration. And we will show the world how faith and reason serve the same higher purpose.