Spiritual Life

Our mission is to ensure that we walk alongside our students as they do life at Hardin-Simmons University. We offer a plentiful campus ministry, so that each student has the opportunity for spiritual formation while they are at HSU. It is our desire to engage students spiritually and emotionally.

We want the office of Chapel & Spiritual Formation at HSU to be a place where students, faculty, and staff are supported in their ongoing formational development. Whether you are celebrating or struggling with depression, grief, or something else we would love the opportunity to join with you on your faith journey.

Dr. Travis Craver-Director of Chapel and Spiritual Formation giving a speach

Dr. Travis Craver, Director of Chapel and Spiritual Formation

"My primary objective as Director of Chapel and Spiritual Formation is to engage staff and students in positive reflection, learning, and development of their Christian faith through a combination of formal and informal teaching and learning opportunities. My role is a crucial one in terms of setting and overseeing the spiritual tone within the school. I am responsible for actively engaging students and staff in developing the Christ-centered culture of the school that is the Hardin-Simmons University education enlightened by Christian faith and values."

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Prayer Request

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” We are here to pray for you specifically or generally.

If you have prayer requests, submit them to us through the secure form linked below, and we will pray directly for you.

Submit a Prayer Request
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Talk to Someone

At Hardin-Simmons, you’ll hear “the HSU family” frequently from students and staff members. We’re always here to help, and sometimes that means just listening.

If you need to talk about something important, email Dr. Travis Craver:

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Baptist Student Ministry

The HSU Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) exists to minister to the spiritual needs of the students and to equip them for ministry in their daily lives. Through discipleship in community, we strive to help students deepen their relationship with Christ and make disciples of all nations. We are called to love, serve, and to walk alongside students during their time at HSU.

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Chapel is held Tuesdays in Behrens Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. All students who attend chapel can expect diversity in music and in shared experience of the gospel message. It is our hope that all students will uncover, through their chapel experience, faith that has been grown or discovered. It is our expectation that, through chapel, students will understand that the gospel is not just the ticket that got you in, it is also what sustains your life.

Chapel services are also streamed live and past services can be viewed on the HSU YouTube Channel.

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Worship Opportunities

In addition to our regular chapel services, HSU provides additional opportunities to worship during Christian holidays and at other special times. Worship teams are organized and arranged through our School of Music. Interested musicians and singers are always encouraged to help us praise God!