New location slated to increase visibility, expand outreach
The Indiana District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has completed an agreement to purchase a new location for the University Lutheran Church (ULu): the former Exponent building at 460 Northwestern Avenue. Located in the heart of Purdue University’s campus, the new location will greatly increase ULu’s visibility and establish multiple opportunities for expanded outreach to university students.
The three-story building plus basement will provide a new sanctuary for the University Lutheran congregation, as well as multiple-use spaces for campus ministry, including a coffee shop, meeting spaces, and church offices. Directly across the street from the Purdue Engineering Mall, where thousands of student walk each day, the new building is slated to create a highly visible, diversified, and strengthened outreach to Purdue students.
“For years,” says Steve Strauch, district vice president of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, “campus ministry at ULu has not been on campus. The move to the former Exponent building means that we will be right there for people to touch and feel and understand what University Lutheran is. This, in turn, will create more contacts and a more robust campus ministry. The hope is for this ministry at ULu to be one of the most dynamic Lutheran campus ministries in the nation, and this move helps ULu to meet this challenge.”
“The decision to relocate University Lutheran Church from its aging Chauncey Hill property to a new, more accessible location closer to the undergraduate center of campus was not made lightly,” said Rev. Daniel May, Indiana District president. “It followed months of careful prayer, consideration, and listening to the concerns of all University Lutheran stakeholders.” [Read more.]
The goal is to pursue the projected move carefully but quickly and formally launch the new University Lutheran in the Fall of 2017, just in time for the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. We appreciate your earnest prayers and continued support for this exciting new phase of University Lutheran ministry.