Christ The King Lutheran Chapel is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. In the mid 1960s, the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod established a full-time campus ministry at Central Michigan University (CMU). The Michigan District constructed a chapel/fellowship center in the heart of CMU’s campus. Christ The King Lutheran Chapel (CTK) was dedicated in 1966.
Today, Zion Lutheran Church, Mount Pleasant, currently leases the chapel and oversees its operation and maintenance, although the Michigan District still provides partial support. Christ The King is considered to be a major part of Zion’s mission outreach efforts.
Christ The King Lutheran Chapel is open every weekday for church members and students to come in and work on homework, rest, pray, eat, visit with friends, and talk with the campus pastor. During the school year, we offer a free lunch for students, every Monday from 12-1:30pm. Students and church members of Zion come and worship together every Sunday at 11:00am. There are also Bible study opportunities throughout the week.
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Rev. Ricky Beckett joined the staff at Zion-Christ The King summer 2021. He is the associate and campus pastor.
Rev. Jonathon Bakker is the senior pastor at Zion-Christ The King. His wife, Anne, is a commissioned deaconess and the Director of International Ministry at Christ The King. They met at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where they both studied.
Kathy has been a Zion member since February 2015, and has been secretary at Christ The King since July 2016. She has two daughters and one son, and in March 2018, she became a first-time grandma. She likes working at Christ The King because everyone is so nice and she enjoys talking with the students.