Religious Life

 

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Dr. Rick Axtell

Centre College Chaplain and Professor of Religion
 
Office Location:
Crounse Hall 452
610 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
 
Telephone:
859.238.5342
 
Email:
rick.axtell@centre.edu

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Centre College’s roots are Presbyterian. Since 1819, the College’s purpose has been the full intellectual, social, physical, ethical, and spiritual development of students. Although Centre’s roots are Presbyterian, the Religious Life Office is designed to celebrate our religious diversity.

The largest group on campus, religiously, is Catholic, followed by Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Christian Church/Disciples. Centre also has students who are Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim, as well as a dozen additional Christian denominations.

The Religious Life office can provide extensive information on internships, volunteer positions, mission opportunities, and career options in the areas of social service, mission, or peace and justice work. Please feel free to come by for information, conversation, or inspiration.

This year, a large gathering space in the basement of Yerkes has been made available for campus religious groups to meet. The “sacred space” is an ideal place for prayer groups, discussion groups, practice of meditation, and other gatherings. To reserve this space, email Dr. Rick Axtell.

Centre College Chaplain

Dr. Rick Axtell is the Centre College Chaplain and Professor of Religion. He initially taught at Centre during 1992-93 and returned to the college in 1995, when he also became Chaplain and Director of the Religious Life Office. Axtell received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has completed additional postgraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Axtell’s experience as a minister in several churches, Director of an interfaith anti-hunger organization, Case Manager in Louisville homeless shelters, and Board member of Witness for Peace has shaped the diverse program emphases of the Religious Life Office.

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