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Religious Life

Although Centre’s roots are Presbyterian, the Religious Life Office is designed to celebrate our religious diversity. 

The Religious Life Office is here to encourage you to strengthen your own faith tradition, ask the tough questions in a safe environment, explore the traditions of others, and serve in ways that make the world a better place.

Centre students identify as Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Methodist, Muslim, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Christian Church/Disciples 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.


Connect students with the work of local congregations

Local congregations sponsor Sunday School classes and other college programs, and occasionally they host lunches and dinners for students. We serve as a resource for connecting students to a congregational home while they are here at Centre.

Develop the moral and ethical conscience of students as socially responsible citizens

CentrePeace, a group that works to educate the community on issues related to peace, human rights, social justice, immigration, war and peace, and capital punishment.

“Religion, Human Rights, and Latin America” is a series that brings speakers annually from Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Nicaragua, or Honduras to share with us the realities of their situations.

Poverty and Homelessness Week is an annual emphasis that includes workdays in Louisville shelters, education programs, a fast for hunger, and other ways to work on hunger relief.

Promote vital religious life and greater religious understanding on campus

Services are held for Advent and Lent and Special events such as a Passover Seder and an Eid al Fitr commemorating the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan; and an annual interfaith dialogue series featuring speakers from Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim traditions. CentreFaith is a student-led campus interfaith dialogue organization that sponsors discussions, films, and events from various religious traditions throughout the year. In addition, six student-led religious groups foster fellowship and special events. See Religious Fellowship below for a list of religious groups on campus.

Spiritual advising and vocational exploration

• Internships
• Seminary and Divinity school explorations


The Centre community offers a variety of groups that provide opportunities for prayer, study, discussion, inspiration and fellowship. 

Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM)
Contact: Kelly Anne Webb 
Steve Newton

Campus Life Ministry (CLM)
Contact: John Duff
Trey Fairbairn
Bruce Jones, advisor

Centre Christian Fellowship (CCF)
Contact: Dr. Steve Asmus 

Contact: Kate Himick
Dr. Rick Axtell, advisor

Kate Leahey
Dr. Rick Axtell, advisor

Jewish Student Organization (JSO)
Contact: Ava Pinales 
Jake Burns
Dr. Shana Sippy, advisor

Muslim Student Association
Contact: Ryan Farhab 
Sarah Ali
Muhammad Mujtaba
Dr. Matthew Pierce, advisor

Meditation Centre
Contact: Dr. Aaron Godlaski

Newman Club
Contact: Ben Harnden
Dr. Christina Garcia, advisor

South Asian Student Organization
Contact: Yash Kshirsagar
Roop Patel



Rev. Jason Crosby, Centre’s first full-time chaplain
Rev. Jason Crosby 

Centre College Chaplain

Rev. Jason Crosby ‘01 joined Centre in 2022. 

Jason began serving at Co-Pastor Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, KY in 2008.  Jason was responsible for preaching, pastoral care, and administration.  Jason is a native Kentuckian.  He was born in Louisville and raised in Covington.  He attended Centre College where he received Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2001.  He earned his Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  Prior to joining the Crescent Hill Baptist Church staff, Jason served as an Interim Minister at the First Baptist Church of Battle Creek, MI, worked as a Community Organizer with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in Ann Arbor, MI, and was a Project Coordinator with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Jason serves on the Board of Directors for Kentucky Refugee Ministries and the ACLU-KY. Jason has been a frequent opinion piece editor to the Courier-Journal and regularly serves as a panelist on WHAS’s Moral Side of The News, the nation's longest running television and radio program that analyzes the news through a religious lens. Jason is married to Kate and is the father of two young children, Brooks and Millie Lou.  He also watches after a corgi named Pippa.