Spiritual Life

Opportunities for involvement in Spiritual Life are as unique as the students we serve. While rooted in the United Methodist tradition, our Spiritual Life support takes a holistic view and offers respect for each person's place across the spectrums of faiths and commitment. College Chaplain Mary K. Briggs opens the doors of our Chapel and our minds leading our community of students to grow together in spiritual discernment. Whether your need is preparation for church ministry, counseling for a personal matter, or a place to meet friends, you are welcome.

Fellowship & Bible Studies

Opportunities for spiritual fellowship abound on campus and can be formally led by professors, informally led by students, classes held in partnership with Emory United Methodist Church, or a book study hosted by Chaplain Briggs. At Emory & Henry you will find discussion groups on keeping the faith in your future occupation, meetings with fellow athletes, and retreats to help you remember that life is not always about the next test.

Spiritual Life Houses

Emory & Henry College provides two places of residence for those who wish to live in an intimate Christian community. These two houses, House 17 for men and Inazu for women, are located in "The Village" adjacent to the campus. These "Spiritual Life Houses" were established in the 1990's to foster spiritual growth and fellowship among residents. The houses are based around a strong feeling of community and are well known for their openness and hospitality. Special events are common in these houses and are open to visitors. Residents in these houses strive to make all students welcome. Anyone interested in living in Inazu or House 17 should contact Mary K. Briggs.


Memorial Chapel on the campus of Emory & Henry College is a lovely space to share marriage vows. Arrangements are made through the Office of Spiritual Life by calling Chloe Greer at 276.944.6842.

Worship Opportunities

When your life runs on "student time" and your work load changes weekly, it's helpful to have a variety of worship opportunities. Our campus worship gatherings are student-inspired and planned with guidance from Chaplain Mary K. Briggs. Each service is student-led, unique, and dynamic. Regardless of affiliation with a denomination, all students are welcome to any of our worship opportunities.