Religious Life

While Roanoke College is the second-oldest Lutheran college in the nation, we're never sectarian in our outlook, welcoming students of all faiths and creeds. From our Lutheran heritage, we believe strongly that critical thinking and spiritual growth are both required for you to flourish and to live a life of meaning after graduation. We encourage you to follow your own personal spiritual path while here at Roanoke.

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We claim and celebrate the vision of faith that established Roanoke College. We are a welcoming community called to share God's love and to grow in the Lutheran understanding of life and faith.

Catholic Campus Ministry

Catholic Campus Ministry promotes the mission of the Church among students at Roanoke. Masses are held every Sunday in Antrim Chapel. Group meetings occur during the week. Is God calling you to serve as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, altar server or musician or choir member? Our community is enriched by students who share their gifts.


The Hillel Jewish student group coordinates Jewish students for Shabbat and High Holiday services at either the local reform temple (Temple Emanuel) or conservative synagogue (Beth Israel). The group meets throughout the year to plan social and educational events. The makeup of the membership varies from very Reform to the very Conservative, including non-Jewish students as well.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

The Purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is to establish and advance at Roanoke College a witnessing community of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture, and God's purposes in the world.

Interfaith Council

The Interfaith Council strives to create opportunities for all members of the Roanoke College community to voice their beliefs within a safe, protective space with open ears and open hearts. Made of Christians and Atheists, Pagans and Jews, and countless other traditions, the council is open to everyone. This group won the national Interfaith YouthCore's Better Together Day award for 2014!

Young Life

The purpose of Young Life is to introduce local adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. 

Atheists, Agnostics & Freethinkers

The purpose of our organization is to unite the many atheists, agnostics, secularists and skeptics on campus and to provide them with an opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals, while questioning religious and theistic beliefs. Everyone is welcome to the general meetings and to partake in the discussions, regardless of their religious beliefs. 

Our local churches and synagogues welcome you.

Within a short walking distance of campus you'll find:

College Lutheran Church

210 South College Avenue, Salem
Telephone: 389-4963
8:30 a.m. - Worship Service
10:45 a.m. - Worship Service

First United Methodist Church

Main Street and Langhorne Place, Salem>
Telephone: 389-5459
8:30 a.m. - First Worship Service
9:45 a.m. - Sunday School
11:00 a.m. - Worship Service

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church

314 Turner Road, Salem
Telephone: 387-0491
5:30 p.m. (Sat.) - Mass
10:30 a.m. (Sun.) - Mass

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

East Main and South Market Streets, Salem
Telephone: 389-9307
7:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist (Rite 1)
10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist (Rite 2)

Salem Baptist Church

103 North Broad Street, Salem
Telephone: 387-0416
9:30 a.m. - Sunday School
11:00 a.m. - Morning Worship Service
5:30 p.m. (Wed.) - Prayer Meeting
6:00 p.m. - Evening Worship Service

Salem Church of Christ

401 West Main Street, Salem
Telephone: 389-2400
8:30 a.m. - Worship Service
9:45 a.m. - Bible School
10:45 a.m. - Worship Service
6:00 p.m. - Evening Service

Salem Presbyterian Church

East Main and South Market Streets, Salem
Telephone: 389-3881
9:45 a.m. - Sunday School
11:00 a.m. - Worship Service

All area churches

All area synagoges