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Office of Spiritual Life


  • Matt Kerlin, Assistant Dean of Spiritual Life, Minister to the University  
  • April Robinson, Minister to Students, Campus Involvement and Pastoral Care
  • Renee Pitts, Minister to Students, Global Missions, Director of the Global Missions Scholarship Program
  • Brian Pitts, Minister to Students, Spiritual Formation

Faith development is an important part of the Christian mission of Samford University.  As a student, you will have the opportunity to develop a mature faith of your own, building on the beliefs you bring here.

The Office of Spiritual Life exists to encourage and equip persons to deepen spiritual maturity, sharpen theological integrity, clarify vocational identity, and embrace missional responsibility.  Students will have many opportunities to engage in vibrant worship, experience authentic community and embrace Christian mission.  Some of the opportunities are as follows:

Campus Worship:  Gather together with the campus community in Reid Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am for a time of worship, prayer, encouragement and challenge.

Samford Home Groups:  Join one of these weekly meetings hosted in the home of a Samford faculty or staff member and led by a fellow student.  Group members will share a meal together, study Scripture, offer prayers and build relationships for the sake of knowing Christ more clearly and walking with Him more closely.

Cadres:  These small groups are led by faculty, staff and students for the purpose of theological discussion and spiritual formation.

Retreats:  Several retreats will be offered throughout the year intended to create space in the lives of students for the purpose of reflection, rest, and resolve in the serious call to a life of discipleship.

Missions:  Take advantage of the resources and opportunities to be a part of God’s work in the world.  Participating in missions expands your worldview, puts your faith into practice, and grows your understanding of yourself and of God.

Leadership Opportunities:  Students desiring to work with the Office of Spiritual Life on campus can apply to serve as a Samford Home Group Facilitator, Spiritual Life Assistant, Campus Worship Band member, Worship Planning Team participant, Cadre Leader, or Spiritual Life Intern.