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.

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.Contact Eric St. Jean at 330-289-0198,,,

Eric St. Jean


Catholic Student Association(CSA)

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.Contact Veronica Victoria at 330-678-0240,,

Veronica Victoria
(330) 678-0240
1424 Horning Road
Kent, OH 44240


Chi Alpha Campus Ministry

Kent Chi Alpha is a community of college students from many different backgrounds committed to growing in our love of God and others. We love each other with a different kind of love: a love that stems from God’s love in us, causing us to treat each other like family. We have weekly Bible studies, mentoring, weekly services, weekend events, mission trips and fun! Our mission is to reconcile students to Christ through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, discipleship, and mission,transforming the university, marketplace, and the world.Contact Nicole Shafei at 330-464-2049,, Follow us @ KentChiAlpha

Nichole Shefei
(330) 464-2049


Fellowship Of Christian Athletes (FCA/CCO)

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.Contact Kyle Schumacher at 330-631-7948,

Kyle Schumacher
(330) 673-6258

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.Contact Lauren Woolum at 614-738-2763,,

Lauren Woolum
110 South Water Street
Kent, OH 44240



Hillel is the foundation for Jewish life on campus. Hillel provides Jewish students with an opportunity to connect their interests and passions through our vast network of resources,opportunities, peers, and experiences. It’s also a place for Shabbat, holidays, trips to Israel, community service, and to just hang out!Contact Michael Pollak at 330-678-0397,, Follow us @hillelatksu

Adam Hirsh
(330) 678-0397
613 E Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240


Identity Project

A student-led Bible study aiming to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to KSU. Students of all religious backgrounds are welcome to come, ask questions, learn about the Bible, and build genuine relationships.Contact Adam Esterle at

Adam Esterle
Phone Number

Late Night Christian Fellowship

Since 1986, LNCF has been at Kent State main campus for the purpose of CONNECTING with God through Jesus and the Scriptures that point to him, CONNECTING with each other in meaningful relationships, and CONNECTING with the world around us with intentional service and love (and we strive to have as much fun as we can while doing so). We have weekly Bible studies, lunches, small groups, fun activities, conferences, and more! Contact Kris Herman at 330-235-2691 or Instagram: ksu_lncf Facebook: Late Night Christian Fellowship-CCO

Kris Herman

China Outreach Ministries (COM)

China Friends serves the Chinese community in Kent. We extend an invitation to learn more about the Christian faith and values. Enjoy American hospitality, transportation, shopping,fun activities, and other practical assistance in your transition to life in Kent and in the U.S.Contact Bob Simon at 330-990-2971 / or Glenn Niedergall at 724-581-1080 /

Bob Simon
(330) 990-2971


United Christian Ministries (UCM)& Interfaith Friendship

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), Trinity Lutheran (ELCA) & Kent Friends.Contact Rev. Lauren Odell-Scott at 330-673-5687,,

Rev. Lauren Odell-Scott
(330) 673-5687
1435 E. Main St
Kent, OH 44240