Campus Ministries is tied into every aspect of the University. Our Christian mission is a vibrant thread that pulls us together as a community. In Campus Ministries, we focus on loving Christ and serving Him. No matter what denomination you are, you’ll feel welcome.
About Campus Ministries
The role of campus ministries is to come alongside students, faculty and staff to assist them in the work of integrating faith and learning. It’s our mission to provide pastoral care, plan chapel services, coordinate small groups and connect students with service opportunities to help USF be faithful to its calling.
Culture for Service
The traditional motto of the University is Culture for Service. We seek to foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world. Our students have lived out our Culture for Service motto by serving regularly at the following places:
- Local food services such as The Sioux Falls Food Pantry, The Banquet, Kids Against Hunger and Lunch is Served
- Public elementary and middle schools
- Volunteers of America
- Habitat for Humanity
- Southeastern Behavioral Health
- Mentor programs
- Area churches
- Assisted living centers
- South Dakota State Penitentiary
- Native American reservations
USF offers numerous on-campus opportunities for students to grow in their faith and fellowship together:
- Prayer and biblical discussions integrated into classrooms
- Chapel-10 a.m. Tuesdays. All are welcome.
- Residence Hall Bible Studies
- Prayer Group, an on-campus, student-led ministry
- Worship Team
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Pazaz Worship Dance Team
In addition, our students have contacts with parachurch organizations in the region, such as Campus Outreach, Campus Crusade for Christ and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Our students take mission trips and work with ministries around the world. Students help plan and raise funds for trips during Interim and Spring Break. Recent international service destinations include the following:
Our Dean of Chapel Dennis Thum has been at the University of Sioux Falls for more than 20 years. Since graduating from Crown College and Sioux Falls Seminary, he has served as a pastor, military chaplain, prison chaplain and hospital chaplain. Dennis’ vision of USF is that we become a community of grace that builds disciples and equips them for service.
Email Dennis at Dennis.Thum@usiouxfalls.edu or call him at 605-331-6777.
The Campus Ministries Office is located in the the McDonald Center and Chapel is held in Z-Hall, located in the Salsbury Science Center.