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ACRO Member Churches and Organizations

Baptist Campus Ministry (Judson Student Fellowship)

Zach Dyrda
449 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-2131
judsonfellowship@frontier.com

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

Campus Advance

Phil and Jill Perez
Hopkins Park Building
1403 Sycamore Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
630-803-3036
pperez@chicagochurch.org or jperez@chicagochurch.org

Our passion is to know and live God’s will for our lives...we believe the Bible is God’s Word and strive to understand and live according to it.

Campus Missions International

Rev. Tom May
815-519-5214
thomashmay@aol.com

Circle Sanctuary Campus Ministries

John Dickerman
815-508-4691
dickermanjohn@gmail.com

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.

CRU

Phil Perez
630-803-3036
pperez@chicagochurch.org

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

The Doorstep Project, Inc.

Drew Wells, Director
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 help them adjust to American culture. We will assist them with rides to and from the airport, finding their way around the DeKalb area and understanding the new systems they are encountering. We can help them settle into their new surroundings and meet basic living needs by finding items such as an apartment, furniture for their apartment and setting up accounts.

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 people of all cultures. We will work to provide a way for international students 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. 

Grace Place

Rev. Amy Fallon
401 Normal
815-756-7700
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.

Hillel Jewish Student Organization

Rob Feldacker
820 Russell Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-1010
rfeldacker1@gmail.com 

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.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity Campus Office
817 Pleasant Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
www.niuiv.org
niuivcf@gmail.com 

Alex Holle
alex.holle@intervarsity.org 

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 including Asian American InterVarsity, LaFe (Latino students), Black Campus Fellowship, Men and Women and Arts.

Latter Day Saints Student Association

Matthew Lawrence, Institute Director
623 Fox Avenue
Sycamore, IL 60178
453-850-8986
lawrencemp@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.

Lutheran Campus Ministry (ELCA)

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

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

Rev. Marty Marks
Immanuel Lutheran Church
511 Russell Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-6675
Rev@godwithusilc.org (Marty)

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 heart 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.

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Sherine F. Elsawa, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor
815-753-7839
selsawa@niu.edu 

niumsa@gmail.com

The aim and purpose of the NIU MSA is to serve the best interest of Islam and the Muslims of NIU. 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.

New Global Destiny International

Apostle Bishop Bridget C. Outlaw
33406 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60652
888-214-5368
newglobaldestiny@gmail.com

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

David Seymour
1201 Twombly Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-280-9816
dseymour@niu.edu

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.

Newman Catholic Center

Fr. Matthew McMorrow - 815-787-7770 frmcmorrow@newmanniu.org

512 Normal Road
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 including 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.

NIU Journeys in Spirituality and Meaning

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

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

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

Presbyterian Campus Ministry - Westminster Presbyterian Church

Rev. Blake Richter
830 N. Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-756-2905
secretary@westminsterdekalb.org
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 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.

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

300 E. Taylor Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

Rev. Jeremy Wright
815-758-3700
jwright@niu.edu

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb

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

Wesley Foundation

Pastor Rosa Lee
321 Oak Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-669-9648
pastorlee@niu.edu

ACRO Officers

President
Phil Perez
pperez@chicagochurch.org
630-803-3036

Treasurer
Marty Marks
rev@godwithusilc.org
815-756-6669

NIU Liaison
Michael Stang
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Altgeld Hall 208
mstang@niu.edu  
815-753-6170

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

Monthly Meetings

Starting September 14, 2017, meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road, DeKalb, IL.