Worship Center Project

Worship Center Mission: This Chowan University Worship Center provides a restful sanctuary where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends can meditate, reflect, pray, worship and surrender their lives to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Message from the President

Chowan University was founded in 1848 as a Baptist college, designed to further the knowledge and the spiritual foundation of our students.  As President of Chowan University, I am embarking on a renewed emphasis and energy as a Christ-centered University that places equal emphasis on the educational and spiritual growth of our students.

For nearly 175 years, Chowan has been a Christian-based institution, but we have not had a dedicated building to worship Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Our mission of providing a Christ-centered education has encouraged our Board of Trustees to approve fundraising for the Chowan University Worship Center. The Worship Center will be the most important building we ever erect on campus.  It will be a  place that is inviting to the students, where they can worship, pray, sing, and praise our Lord.  It will be a place where we can introduce Jesus to students and baptize new Christians.

The new building is beautifully designed to be the focal point of our Christian heritage and teachings for the next 100 years.  I am sharing some of the architectural renderings of how the Worship Center will appear. The building will be next to McDowell Columns and will overlook Squirrel Park.  There are still many details to be completed but we hope to start construction in the fall of 2021.  I hope that you are encouraged by our focus on our Christian heritage and the new Worship Center.

Please join me in bringing this building to completion. I invite you to be part of making this Worship Center project a reality.  It will be a wonderful celebration.

With faith in Chowan’s future,

Kirk E. Peterson

Why Now?

The Chowan University Worship Center on the campus of Chowan University is not just a building, but a place where a body of believers with a specific nature and purpose may gather. The Worship Center can lay the foundations in worship, edification and evangelism.

Worship is expressing love for our Creator and our Savior. We are to praise and glorify God in worship. Every Christian needs to be a part of regular fellowship and worship. A Chowan University Worship Center will allow students to have corporate worship in a safe and inviting environment.  It will be a place where we can help students build a firm foundation for their future by teaching biblical principles and values.

Edification is also a role of the Chowan University Worship Center. It involves edifying believers, but also nurturing, building up and helping believers to mature in Christ. To this end, the Chowan University Worship Center provides a location where various ministries such as Bible study, continuing education in related areas, praying for one another, acts of genuine hospitality and more can take place.

Evangelism is also a key role of the Chowan University Worship Center. The building provides a permanent place to reach the world with the Good News about Jesus. Since people often have questions or doubts about Christ and Christianity, knowing the truth and being able to defend it (apologetics) is also part of the role of the Chowan University Worship Center.

In following Christ’s example to love others, the Chowan University Worship Center will seek to make a real difference in the world while sharing the message of Christ. The Worship Center will be the centerpiece of our faith-based education and will leave no doubt as the University’s commitment to being Christ-centered institution of higher learning.

Ways to Give

Chowan University has launched the fundraising for the Worship Center and is actively engaging those who want to be a part of this special project. The cost to construct the building is estimated at $2.5 million. We are seeking an additional $1 million for an endowment to help maintain this Worship Center for many generations to come.

The total fundraising project cost is $3.5 million.

You can support the chapel through:

  • Outright Gifts
  • Gifts in Kind
  • Planned Gifts
  • Memorial or Honorary Gifts
  • Real Estate Gift
  • Pledged Gifts (3-5 years)

For More Information

Contact us: 

Office of Advancement
One University Place, Murfreesboro, NC 27855
development@chowan.edu | 252-398-1233