Campus Ministry: Canterbury House at OSU

Campus Ministry: Canterbury House at OSU

Ruth and students on house steps square

Three women stand on the steps of a gray house with signs identifying it at Canterbury House Episcopal Campus Ministry

By Ruth Krueger, Chaplain

Canterbury House OSU is an Episcopal campus ministry in Corvallis. We are located in a 100-year-old house across the street from the Oregon State University campus, where we offer a place of respite for students and a place to build friendships and share faith.

We have a weekly dinner for students free of charge followed by conversation and evening prayer. Guest speakers attend our dinners once per term to discuss a wide range of topics from empowering women and confronting racism to what it’s like to grow up and navigate the world as a member of the LGBTQ community.

We love to have fun together. This year we enjoyed pizza and movie nights, barbecues, a smore’s party, a camping trip, and planting a community garden.

Canterbury House is also involved in outreach to students as we extend the love of Jesus in our community. We are here to offer the inclusivity and radial hospitality of Jesus in practical and spiritual ways to all students!

If you are new to Oregon State University, or are just finding out about us, we would love to meet you. You can start with Thursday evening dinners at 6:00. Our address is 2265 NW Arnold Way Corvallis, OR. 97330. Visit us on our Facebook Group Page- Canterbury House Oregon State University.

 

Ruth Krueger

I serve as the chaplain of Canterbury House OSU. More than anything in my life and work, I desire to build loving community in my church, the campus ministry, my family, and with the people I see day to day as I navigate life. I graduated as an “older-than-average” student from Oregon State in 2015 with an undergrad degree in Liberal Studies and minors in English and Writing. I am employed as the Associate for Parish Life at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis and part time by the Diocese of Oregon as the OSU campus ministry chaplain. I have three adult daughters who all live close by, and three young granddaughters who the cutest little girls you have ever seen. I read and write poetry. I love nature, the beach and picnics as well as a good movie or book. It is my privilege to welcome all students to grow in their faith and enjoy good food and company at Canterbury House. You can contact me at Krueger.ruth1@gmail.com with any questions.

Rachel Letora

Three years ago I moved from Astoria, Oregon to OSU to pursue a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. However, that wasn’t the only thing I set out in pursuit of as a freshman. I was also searching for an Episcopal campus ministry to join; however, I soon found out that there were no Episcopal groups on campus. Later, during spring term of my first year here, I began attending Good Samaritan (on Father Lance Peeler’s recomendation, as he is now the priest at Grace, my home church in Astoria) and found out about their efforts to restart their campus ministry. With a strong desire to learn more about my faith with peers my own age, I was excited for the revival of Good Sam’s campus ministry and am so thankful for the congregation’s support of this effort. Already, Canterbury House has been a welcoming place full of hospitality, community, and love and Ruth and the Canterbury House committee members have been been the corner stone of creating this culture. I am very excited to continue to help Canterbury grow over the coming year and am thankful for all of your prayers and support of this important ministry.