Campus Religious Life Association

About us

Who Are We

The Campus Religious Life Association (C.R.L.A.) is a voluntary organization of various religious groups who seek to serve Kent State University students, faculty, and staff by offering faith-based programs, ministries, and services in the University community.

Our Mission

We are organized in order to relate better to the University administration and to coordinate with and assist each other. As such we support the University's fundamental purpose. We, therefore, commit ourselves to work with the University community in maintaining faithfulness to the University's high ideals.

Our Beliefs

We recognize the great diversity among our member organizations. Although we may not be in agreement doctrinally or philosophically, we abide by a shared code of ethics. We affirm that establishing dialogue among ourselves is valuable and will strengthen our mission to the University, and enable us to work together on common concerns.

Baha'i Faith Of Kent


Baha'ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life, a vision revealed in the writings of Baha'u'llah.

Jim Geisey
J.Geisey@juno.com
(330) 678-0226


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Campus Crusade For Christ(CRU)


Kent Cru is a KSU student organization that believes the claims of Christ are true and that He is the source of a full life. We want to give you an opportunity to explore more about God, develop a personal relationship with Him, and connect with followers of Christ. Through our weekly meetings (Thursday, 9pm, Bowman 137), events, and occasional weekend retreats, we hope you connect with other students and, ultimately, with God. Cru is set up in a way that is not intimidating, but comfortable and fun. Regardless of where you're at spiritually, you're welcome to check out any of our events.

Eric St. Jean
kentcru@gmail.com
330-289-0198

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Catholic Student Association


The Catholic Student Association (CSA) is the student organization associated with the University Parish Newman Center, a Catholic parish of the Diocese of Youngstown, which offers Sunday Mass, service opportunities, retreats and community for all students at Kent State University. We are located at 1424 Horning Rd., near the Center for Performing Arts.

Jordan Cinderieh
jcinderi@kent.edu
(330) 678-0240
Location:
1424 Horning Road
Kent, OH 44240


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Chabad


True to the philosophy of Chabad, and guided by the love, inspiration and blessings of the Rebbe, the Chabad Student Center at KSU strives to enable, assist, and encourage, every Jew connected to this campus to grow in their own unique way and at their own indiviudal pace in the circle of the three loves: Love of your fellow; Love of your heritage; and Love of your G‑d.​ At Chabad we believe that these three loves are the secret to a better self, a better community, and a better world.

Rabbi Moshe Sasonkin
rabbi@kentchabad.com
330-801-3973
Location:
452 E Crain Ave.
Kent, OH 44240

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China Outreach Ministries (COM)


China Outreach Ministries (COM) serves the Mainland Chinese community in Kent. We extend an invitation to learn more about Christian faith and values, enjoy American hospitality, and receive practical assistance in the transition to life in the U.S.

Bob Simon
bobsimon17@gmail.com
(330) 990-2971


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Faith Lutheran Campus Ministry


We are a Christian ministry offering students opportunities for Worship, Bible Study, Fellowship, Service, and Mission Outreach. We have an intentional friendship ministry to international students and their families. Luther House, our student center, is located at 120 Luther Avenue, right behind Faith Lutheran Church.

John Voelker
jvoelker@kent.edu
(330) 808-1244
Location:
420 S. Campus,
Oxford, OH 45056

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Fellowship Of Christian Athletes (FCA)


Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic interdenominational ministry for athletes, coaches and the general student body. Come join us for “Transformation Tuesdays” as we seek to be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. FCA provides various levels of ministry service, specializing in mentorship, discipleship, and support ministry that focuses on spiritual and social development through bible studies, growth groups, community service, fellowship, excellent speakers, and studies on issues of relevance based on biblical truths.

Ted Schumacher
tschumac@kent.edu
(330) 673-6258


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H2O Church


As a non-denominational Christian church meeting on the campus of Kent State University, H2O is a community of young people from diverse backgrounds who are seeking to experience God through Jesus Christ. We invite you to join our community no matter where you are in your spiritual journey and regardless of what conclusions you may or may not have about God, Jesus, or Christianity.

Lauren Woolum
info@h2okent.com
614-738-2763
Location:
110 South Water Street
Kent, OH 44240

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Hillel Jewish Student Center


Hillel provides Jewish students with an opportunity to connect current interests and passions to Jewish life in a meaningful way. It’s a place for holiday dinners, FREE trips to Israel, community service projects and more! Jewish life doesn’t have be what you remember from Hebrew school. Make Jewish culture, community and religion meaningful to you – on your own terms!

Adam Hirsh
Hillel@kent.edu
(330) 678-0397
Location:
613 E Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240


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Identity Project


Identity Project (IP) is a group of students studying God’s love without the barriers of religion. Meeting at Kent State, IP is a place students can learn about God without the traditional, religious church format. IP has a relaxed atmosphere, welcoming anyone whatever religious background (if any) to study the Bible with room for questions and discussion. The meetings are student-run, with undergraduate and graduate students leading the study and with activities like kickball or bowling after. IP meets Tuesday nights 8:30 p.m. at multiple locations on campus.

Kyle McCallum
kmccallumj@gmail.com
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Kent Prez


​As a biblically grounded congregation joined by faith to Jesus Christ as Lord, we are also joined to Christ’s mission as his body here on earth. We understand this mission to be actively pursued in five areas, and, as a community, seek to give them priority in our life together.

Aaron Meadows
ameadows@kentprez.org
330-703-1735
Location:
1456 E. Summit
Kent, OH 44240


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Kent Chi Alpha


Our passion is to make disciples who love to share Christ! We reconcile students to Jesus, equipping them through spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship and mission to transform the university, the marketplace and the world. Our diverse community of spirit-empowered believers is open to everyone. Chi Alpha and its auxiliary, International Student Friendship Ministries, is affiliated with the Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal/Charismatic churches.

Jesse Cook
Jesselcook@gmail.com
(330) 474-9550

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Young Life


Young Life is a nondenominational Christian ministry at Kent State and in the surrounding communities. The community of Young Life at Kent State is a great place to explore who Jesus is, what it looks like to have a real relationship with God as a college student, and what it could look like to be engaged with God in what he is doing right here in our midst. Outside of Kent State, Young Life serves and reaches out to adolescents in the local area with the message of God's love for them.

Jamie Hewitt
jamiehewitt.yl@gmail.com
(330) 554-4066


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North Canton Chapel


The North Canton Chapel sees the personal involvement in missions as the reason for the existence of the church. We also believe that short term mission teams can make an incredible impact on the mission field. We believe that God has specifically laid individuals, communities and countries we visit on our hearts. It is our desire to share the great Gospel to all God would place in our path in our county, the United States and Globally.

Brittian Bollenbacher
bwb3291@gmail.com
330-388-5579
Location:
715 Whittier Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720

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The Light House Of Prayer


The Light House of Prayer is a place for students to come together in prayer and worship for the campus and the city. Our goal is to raise up followers of Jesus who love the presence of God and understand who they are in Him. We provide a time to be in the presence of God as well as an opportunity to learn about the worship and prayer movement that is spreading all across the world.Mondays: We meet at 6PM in the HUB for fellowship and bible discussion.Wednesdays: We meet at 7PM for worship and prayer at 156 N. Water St. Kent.

Larry Noel
larry.noel@thelightinkent.com
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Location:
1417 South Water Street
Kent, OH 44240


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Trinity Lutheran Church


Through our gatherings we receive strength to be the Lord’s followers day by day. Join us for worship on Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings, for Bible studies, lunch, discussion or for a wide variety of activities to meet your spiritual needs. Trinity is home to people of all ages and backgrounds and has a place for you.

Jenn Hedge
jennhedge@trinitykent.org
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Location:
600 S. Water Street
Kent, OH 44240


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United Christian Ministries (UCM)


Continue your spiritual journey with other open-minded, non-judgmental Christians seeking to love and serve Christ! UCM is a safe place where all are welcome and accepted...regardless! We are the ecumenical campus ministry for: American Baptist, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Presbyterian (USA), Kent Friends, Church of the Brethren. Safe Zone.

Rev. Lauren Odell-Scott
ucm@kent.edu
(330) 673-5687
Location:
1435 E. Main St
Kent, OH 44240

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