Student Affairs

Campus Ministry

Affiliated with ELCA. Open to All.

Finlandia is a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service. The office of campus ministry exists to build community while helping feed students both spiritually and physically.


Campus Ministry is one expression of Finlandia’s Lutheran heritage and Christian identity. Finlandia is one of 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

All are welcome

Campus Ministry is an open and affirming ministry of Finlandia University.

People of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, educational backgrounds, marital status, physical or mental ability, theological perspective, and economic conditions share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God, and as such are welcome and invited to partake in campus ministry at Finlandia University.

In other words, you are welcome here.

Are You Hungry?

All Means All Community Meals

Meals will be served takeout style. Bring your Ozzi containers if you have them.

If you are craving a home cooked meal, or just need to grab a meal – the community meal is for you. Named, All Means All, this meal truly is for all Finlandia students, with the goal of building positive community among us and supporting hunger needs. While we will not be able to physically gather at tables in the Chapel lower level this year, you are invited to use a to-go box (your own, or we’ll provide), and find some green space to eat with friends, new and old. The meal is FREE and every week. Come early before the food runs out! Don’t forget your mask. 


Come as you are. Take what you need.

The pantry is weekly stocked with fresh produce, pantry items, & frozen meats and breads. In addition, you’ll find school supplies, toiletries, and warm weather gear like hats, wools socks, and gloves.

What is required? Simply sign in using your first name, last initial, and class year at Finlandia. Visit once per week or as you have need.

Where is it again? On the southside of the Chapel, there is a lower level entrance. Once you enter the through that door, look for a large wooden sign reading “The Table” which marks the entry to the Pantry room in the NE corner of the basement.


Spiritual Growth

Finlandia campus ministry seeks to support students spiritual growth, wherever they are on their journey. Whether you are Lutheran by background, new to Christianity, or exploring other religious traditions, Finlandia seeks to meet you there.

In this year of Covid-19, spiritual inspiration and community will take place almost entirely online. Follow us on Instragram @FinnU_Faithlife  for the following opportunities:

Daily Spark – Three times per week, wake up to a brief video inspiration, provided by other students and our campus pastor.

Small Group Opportunities – Stay up to date on support groups or Bible study opportunities.

Food Ministry – What’s on the menu at the Community Meal? You’ll see it on Instagram.



Even in a year without a pandemic, life throws ups and downs at us all in ways that are difficult to manage on our own.

Pastor Sarah is an ordained minister trained in active listening, centering prayer & meditation methods, and the non-anxious accompaniment of others. As Finlandia’s Campus Pastor, she is available weekly, without fee, as a resource for any student.

To contact Pr. Sarah: (906) 487 – 7239

Or schedule an appointment directly below.

About Our Campus Pastor


Originally from Minnesota, Pastor Sarah holds a B.A. is in Religious Studies from St. Olaf College and an M.Div from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is an ordained Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and has served churches in Chicago, Washington State, and Wisconsin. Before becoming a pastor, she taught English in Thailand, was a backpack guide in Colorado, and counselor at summer camps. Pastor Sarah is passionate about engaging people’s stories, maintaining a curious faith, and building community. She is married and has two daughters, Meta (8) and Sybil (5).

Campus Ministry News

Students: Sign Up for the Amazing Race Happening this Weekend

September 03, 2020

Grab a friend and participate in Finlandia’s Amazing Race on Sept. 5 hosted by Student Senate and Campus Ministry. This competitive race will take place around campus and the local community. Work together to solve clues as you race to be the first team to cross the finish line and claim the grand prize.

The Amazing Race is played in teams of 2, 3, or 4 people, so begin to assemble your team. Don’t have a team […] Read More

Gift a Finals Week Care Package to a FinnU Student

April 01, 2020

Finlandia’s Campus Ministry is asking for donations to send current students a Finals Week Care Package during their final exams at the end of the month. Campus Ministry has provided Finals Week Care Packages for students in the past, but, in an email to alumni and friends, Pastor Sarah Semmler-Smith highlights how meaningful they are this year in particular:

On Thursday March 12th, Finlandia University did something unprecedented in its history: we sent all our students home. The […] Read More

Looking to Help? The Table Student Needs Pantry is in Need of Donations

March 23, 2020

Alumni and friends looking for a way to help FinnU students through the Covid-19 crisis can easily contribute. The Finlandia student needs pantry, The Table, is still open to local students and the community who are in need of food and personal items, no questions asked. “Right now several students have stopped by to stock up on basics from the food pantry, but it is open to the community at this time as well,” said Pastor Sarah Semmler-Smith. Pastor Sarah […] Read More

Faculty and Staff

Corbin Eddy

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Sarah Semmler Smith

Campus Pastor; Adjunct Instructor of Religion
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