Association of Campus Religious Organizations

NIU Liaison

Melanie Tucker
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Altgeld Hall 208
815-753-6170
mthompson3@niu.edu  

 

Kishwaukee College Liaison

Keith R. Barnes
815-825-2086
kbarnes@kishwaukeecollege.edu

ACRO Officers

President:  Phil Perez, pperez@chicagochurch.org  630-803-3036
Treasurer:  Michael Evans,  evansmj@ldschurch.org  815-899-6205

ACRO Member Churches and Organizations

Baptist Campus Ministry
Campus Crusade for Christ
Campus Missions International
Circle Sanctuary Campus Ministries
DeKalb Church of Christ
The Doorstep Project, Inc.
Grace Place
Hillel Jewish Student Organization
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Latter Day Saints Student Association
Lutheran Campus Ministry (ELCA)
Lutheran Student Fellowship (REFUGE) - Immanuel Lutheran (LCMS)
Muslim Student Association
New Global Destiny 
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Newman Catholic Center
NIU Journeys in Spirituality and Meaning
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
The Rock Christian Church
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb 
Grace Place Campus Ministries
Wesley Foundation

 


Baptist Campus Ministry (Judson)

Judson Baptist Fellowship
http://faithfamilyjesus.com/churchprofile.php?ChurchID=125604

Zach Dyrda
zeakarius@sbcglobal.net  

We are Judson fellowship.  We are a student-led organization that actively ministers to the students of NIU and DeKalb community.  Our students are a Christ-centered community.

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Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)

www.niucru.com

David White
330-763-4455
David.f.white@cru.org

Chasity Dillman
315 Ash Court
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-764-5476
chasity.dillman@gmail.com

Brent & Stephanie Batiste
3302 White Oak Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-757-1464
babatiste@gmail.com 

Jim Vilson
630-401-5030
jimvilson@gmail.com

Brittany Knight
217-791-2878
knight.brittany01@gmail.com 

Cru is a caring community of people who are passionate about connecting people to Jesus.  Cru at NIU is about people having a real relationship with God, real relationships with each other, and a real impact on campus.

We meet weekly at NIU on Thursdays at 9 p.m. in Dusable Hall 204.

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Campus Missions International

Rev. Tom May
P.O. Box 346
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-519-5214
thomashmay@aol.com

Teresa Rutzky
604 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
847-867-2327
teresa@rutzky.net

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Circle Sanctuary Campus Ministries

Rev. Ana Blechschmidt
543 Center Ave.
Sycamore, IL 60178
815-391-0896
ana@circlesanctuary.org

Rev. Selena Fox
P.O. Box 9
Barneveld, WI 53507
608-924-2216
circle@circlesanctuary.org

John Dickerman
815-753-3101
jdickerman@niu.edu

Circle Sanctuary Church's Campus Ministry supports the NIU Pagan Student Association.  It is a student-directed, faith-based group dedicated to learning and interacting with all Pagan faith paths.  All people seeking to expand their understanding of the Divine are welcome.  PSA meets once a week on campus and engages in many activities of community service throughout DeKalb County.

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DeKalb Church of Christ

Phil Perez
345 Settler Rd.
630-803-3036
pperez@chicagochurch.org

Jill Perez
345 Settler Rd.
630-776-1567
jperez@chicagochurch.org  

DeKalb Church of Christ welcomes all people to our community.  We support and minister to the NIU student group "Campus Advance."  Jesus Christ and his teachings are at the center of our ministry.  We believe the Bible is God's word and strive to live according to it.

Our campus ministry seeks to provide a fun, close knit, environment that supports students in their faith and life during their time at NIU.  We have a weekly devotional on Friday nights and student-led Bible discussions throughout the week.  Students are also involved in the Sunday morning worship and have great fellowship with other ministries in the congregation.

Join us on Facebook for activity announcements and reminders!  Search NIU Campus Advance

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The Doorstep Project, Inc.

Drew and Tracie Wells, Directors
550 Northern Lane
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-739-0923
wells.drew@gmail.com

The Doorstep Project, Inc. is set up to welcome International students living in the DeKalb area and to come alongside any international student who wants help adjusting to American culture.  We will help them with needs like rides to and from the airport; finding their way around the DeKalb area, and understanding the new systems they are encountering, whether that be at NIU or with any of the governmental issues they are not accustomed to. We can help them settle into their new surroundings by helping them find needed items such as an apartment, furniture for their apartment, and setting up accounts, or in other words, helping them meet basic living needs.  We will also help them adjust to American life by giving them a place to come and feel welcome, a place to meet and make friends with both Americans and other Internationals.  We will work to provide a way for International student who want to see and experience real American life to spend time with an American family through many programs and services or events.  Also, we provide a safe place where International students can practice and improve their spoken English.  All are welcome at The Doorstep Project, Inc., regardless of age, religion, race, or nationality.  Student Organizations that have used the Doorstep facilities in the past include:  The Indian Student Association, Taiwan Students, and Chinese Student Scholar Association.  All student associations are welcome if the facilities will fit their needs.

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Grace Place

Rev. Amy Fallon
401 Normal
815-901-3614
amy.fallon@graceplaceniu.com

Grace Place is devoted to learning to be stronger individuals so that we may live peacefully and harmoniously with the Lord and one another.  We seek to achieve this goal by serving the community, spending time together, and having fun.

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Hillel Jewish Student Organization

Dr. Jeff Hecht (Faculty Advisor)
College of Education
Graham Hall 329 
815-753-7447
jbhecht@niu.edu

Rabbi Maralee Gordon
320 Russell Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-1010
815-341-5208 (cell)
maraleegordon@gmail.com 

Dr. Jeffrey Hecht
27499 Five Points Rd.
Sycamore, IL 60178
815-753-7447
jbhecht@niu.edu

NIU Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.  As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at NIU, inspiring them to direct their own paths.  NIU Hillel students are challenged to explore, experience, and engage in vibrant Jewish lives through a combination of interesting social, religious, entertainment, and public service activities.

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity Campus Office
817 Pleasant Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-7906
niuivcf@gmail.com 
info@niuiv.org

Casey Beckley
1891 Raintree Court
Sycamore, IL 60178
815-761-6535
casey_beckley@ivstaff.org

Ginny Weir
1601 Sleepy Hollow Ln.
DeKalb, IL 60115
309-221-8771
ginny_crabb@ivstaff.com

Stephen Suk Won Hong
847-873-5783
stephenwithph@gmail.com

Sarah Kloster
815-757-2625
klostersarah049@gmail.com

InterVarsity is a community of Christ followers that wants to see students and faculty transformed, the campus renewed, and world changers developed.  It is a safe place to belong, to explore Christian faith, and to grown in your faith by becoming more like Christ.  

We want to love and serve the campus.  We serve the campus by having weekly large group and small group meetings and also host various events throughout the year.  Large group is a gathering place for everyone to come together, worship, and hear the teachings of the Bible.  Small group is a place to explore and learn about the bible and also "feel at home" as we have different affinity groups; they are called Asian American InterVarsity, LaFe (Latino students), Black Campus Fellowship, Men and Women, and Arts.

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Latter Day Saints Student Association

Mr. Michael Evans
675 Fox Ave.
Sycamore, IL 60178
815-899-6205
evansmj@ldschurch.org

The Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) is established under the direction of the Seminaries and Institutes of Religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to help students attending Northern Illinois University have a balanced secular and spiritual educational experience during their years of formal education.

We encourage and support members of the LDSSA in achieving their academic goals and maintaining a balanced life while on campus.  We encourage members of the LDSSA to become an influence for good by participating in activities and service on campus and in the community.  We provide students with meaningful service opportunities and social and religious activities that are consistent with the LDSSA standards.  We promote traditional moral values.

Our organization is open to all students who espouse the purposes and standards of the LDSSA, which include, but are not limited to: no acts of immorality, no alcohol consumption or tobacco usage, and no immodest attire, while a member of the LDSSA.

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Lutheran Campus Ministry (ELCA)

Rev. Amy Fallon
401 Normal Road
DeKalb , IL 60115
815-756-7700
amy.fallon@graceplaceniu.com
Facebook:  Lutheran Campus Ministry

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Lutheran Student Fellowship (REFUGE) at Immanuel Lutheran (LCMS)

Rev. Marty Marks
Rev. Ray Krueger
Barney Schroeder
511 Russell Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-6675
Rev@godwithusilc.org (Marty)
ray@godwithusilc.org (Ray)
barney@godwithusilc.org (Barney)

Immanuel Lutheran Church has always seen NIU as a significant part of our mission field and community.  For over 50 years, Immanuel has always reached out to and served students, faculty, and staff at NIU.  Our student organization, Lutheran Student Fellowship, nicknamed "Refuge," offers many opportunities for spiritual growth each week.  Pastor-led Bible studies, student-led Bible studies and discussions, service projects, social events, and lots of just "hanging out" with food and games are all regular occurrences within Refuge.  Refuge meets in the college lounge on the lower level of the building and is open most nights of the week for activities and for students to drop in and/or study.  Sunday morning worship, whether traditional or contemporary worship, is a key component to our faith journey together.

Student "peer ministers" lead much of the program in partnership with the Campus Pastor and Campus ministry committee.  Students also participate in worship on Sunday mornings in various ways, as well as interact with many of the other aspects of our congregational life.  Spring break servant trips have been a student favorite for many years.

At the hear of our campus ministry program is the desire to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ, while equipping students to grow in their leadership skills for current and future service in God's Kingdom.  NIU students are vital to the future and the NOW of the church and society!

Immanuel also proudly reaches out to the hundreds of international students who attend NIU.  Our congregation members and other partners offer English as a second language classes for international students and their families, as well as weekly gatherings called the "Intercultural Café."  The Café is a partnership with Network of Nations and a group of local churches who support reaching out with Christ-like hospitality to International students.

Visit the Refuge website for more information on the group and their upcoming activities.

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Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Sherine F. Elsawa, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor to Muslim Student Association, NIU
815-753-0730
selsawa@niu.edu 

The aim and purpose of the NIU MSA is to serve the best interest of Islam and the Muslims of NIU.  Toward this end, the association promotes the acceptance and adherence to Islamic morals, Quran and Sunnah; promotes unity and joint action among campus Muslims; conducts religious, charitable, educational, cultural, and service activities according to Islamic tradition; arranges and holds congregational prayer and Islamic religious festivals at appropriate times; and endeavors to make Islamic teachings known to interested non-Muslims.

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New Global Destiny

Pastor:  Alan Smith
773-960-1269
pcpalansmithnewglobaldestiny@gmail.com 

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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Joe Mitchell
815-756-7906
nhmbc@newhopeofdekalb.org 

Co-Pastors: Dr. Leroy Mitchell and George J.Mitchell
1701 Twombly Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-7706
jamitchell3@comcast.net

The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of DeKalb, founded by committed African Americans seeking religious and spiritual growth, for the purpose of serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, strives to develop and encourage Christian education and outreach throughout the community.  ALL are welcome to our "come as you are" church.  We offer two services on Sundays and a variety of ministries throughout the week.

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Newman Catholic Center

Fr. Jeremy Trowbridge frtrowbridge@newmanniu.org
Fr. Matthew McMorrow frmcmorrow@newmanniu.org
Denise Sanders newmanminister@gmail.com
Amy Wolski newmanniumusic@gmail.com
Birdie Welsh bwelsh@newmanniu.org

Stacy Forbes missionaries@newmanniu.org
Bridget Gamboni missionaries@newmanniu.org
Peter Aiura missionaries@newmanniu.org
Briana Tobin missionaries@newmanniu.org
Micah Pfundstein missionaries@newmanniu.org
Austin Edmonson missionaries@newmanniu.org 

512 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-787-7770
Facebook:  "Newman Catholic Student Center at NIU"

Located at 512 Normal Road in DeKalb, the Newman Catholic Student Center serves as the Catholic parish on campus.  We offer a variety of activities throughout the week.  We offer:  Service projects, retreats, social events, Rosary, Adoration, Bible study, classes, and much more!  All are welcome.

Weekend Masses:  Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., Noon, and 9 p.m.

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NIU Journeys in Spirituality and Meaning

Dr. William McCoy (Floor Advisor)
Director, BELIEF Initiative
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-7807
wmccoy@niu.edu

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Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Fr. John Artemas, Pastor
Spiritual Advisor
320 S. 2nd Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-758-5731
fjartemas@comcast.net

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Presbyterian Campus Ministry - Westminster Presbyterian Church

Rev. Blake Richter
830 N. Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-2905
richterbk@gmail.com

Autumn James
campus-christianed@westminsterdekalb.org 

Presbyterian Campus Ministry is an open-minded, open-hearted campus ministry for Northern Illinois University students.  Our hope at PCM is to provide a place for college students to grow in their faith along with others who are in similar situations and asking similar questions - what are the gifts that God has given me?  How can I use them?  How do I know what I am called to do in life?  We welcome these questions and seek to answer them while we form a deeper relationship with God.  We welcome you to join us as we work to answer these questions and make a spiritual home where we can care for and enjoy one another and the community around us.  PCM meets once a week for dinner and fellowship, and has multiple opportunities for community service throughout the year.

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The Rock Christian Church (C.O.R.E Youth Ministry)

300 E. Taylor St.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Rev. Jeremy Wright
708-612-8272
jwright@niu.edu

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb

Rev. Linda Slabon
158 N. 4th Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-7089
revslabon@aol.com 

Lon Clark
158 N. 4th Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-6676
815-751-2536 (c)
815-756-9510 (h)
lon@niu.edu

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Wesley Foundation

Pastor Kim Chapman
321 Oak Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
779-245-0060
niuwesley@gmail.com

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