Faith Services

Thurmond Chapel

William Woods University was founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1870. Many years later, the school continues to recognize the importance of faith and service in giving direction and encouragement to the lives of our students. The Office of Faith and Service provides programming aimed at the spiritual needs and interests of our students including regular chapel services, speakers, films, various small group discussions, and service opportunities. Several student organizations with a spiritual emphasis are active on campus. Additionally, students will find a number of local places of worship from which to choose. For more information about The Office of Faith and Service, contact the Director of the Center for Ethics and Global Studies and university chaplain, Travis Tamerius, at or 573-592-4241.

Woods Around the World

At William Woods University, we view education as a journey of discovery. Whether you are studying science or psychology, the care of animals or the fine arts, we believe the very best journeys are fed by curiosity in the world around us. Woods Around the World (WATW) is a unique approach to education that takes the student beyond the classroom and the textbook and into the real world of another culture. Students spend part of a semester studying a nation and her people - their history and way of life - and then they travel to see that country firsthand. When they return from their field trip, students complete a supervised project which reflects on the experience. Such an approach broadens their education, helping them to better understand globalization and equipping them personally and professionally for their future endeavors. For more information about the WATW class and trip, please contact the Director of the Center for Ethics and Global Studies and university chaplain, Travis Tamerius, at or 573-592-4241.   

Thurmond Chapel

Thurmond Chapel is a Colonial Williamsburg-style building, constructed during the 1968-69 school year. It was granted to the William Woods campus as a gift by Sarah Thurmond Hermann, a 1935 graduate. Mrs. Hermann and her husband, Grover, donated the funds in memory of Mrs. Hermann’s mother, the late Amelia Thurmond. This beautifully designed 100-seat chapel offers an intimate setting for worship services for the university and community. Two outstanding features of Thurmond Chapel are a Schlicker pipe organ, donated by the Parents' Association, and a digital Maas Rowe Carillon, made possible by a donation from the Grover Hermann foundation. A small prayer chapel adjoining the sanctuary was added on in 1969.