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The Gathering

“Gathered to Grow. Sent to Serve.”

The American Baptist Campus Foundation at the University of Michigan

The Gathering at the University of Michigan is a an interdenominational student Christian faith community, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor and the American Baptist Churches of Michigan. The ministry is led and served by our Campus Ministers, Paul and Stacey Simpson Duke, who also serve together as Co-Pastors of First Baptist Church.

The purpose of The Gathering is to provide a Christian atmosphere for spiritual growth and discipleship among undergraduate and graduate students. Toward that end, we offer Bible study, social events, opportunities for prayer and spiritual growth, and missions/service projects.

Students are invited to worship at First Baptist on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and to be a part of our young adult Church School class afterwards.

Weekly gathering

On Wednesdays during the school year, we gather at 5:30 in the evening for a free home-cooked meal, prepared by members of First Baptist Church. Following dinner, we stay for music, study, discussion, and prayer. We are usually through by 7:30, but students are always welcome to stay and hang out in the living room afterwards.


In addition to our Wednesday gathering, we occasionally meet during the year for service projects, such as Vespers, First Baptist Church’s hunger ministry, and the local CROP walk, which raises money for hunger relief.


Throughout the year, we have nighttime services of prayer and worship (called Evensong).  Students are also always invited to worship at First Baptist Church on Sundays at 10:00 (followed by a Second Hour class for Young Adults).  Once a year, we have a student-planned, student-led worship service at First Baptist Church.

Faith, Film, and Fellowship

Occasionally, we gather for Faith-and-Film night.  We order pizza, watch a movie, and have a discussion about issues the film raises about faith and meaning.  Throughout the year, we also gather for game nights, social outings, and other events.

Our Campus Ministers

Paul & Stacey Simpson Duke serve as our campus ministry team. Their offices are located in the Campus Center and each of them is available for appointments throughout the week. They may be reached at 663-9376.

If you are interested in joining our e-group, contact Stacey at

Baptist Campus Center

We are located west of State Street, on East Huron, next to First Baptist Church. The Campus Center is in one of Ann Arbor’s historic buildings, built in 1854.

Access to the Campus Center is available through two separate entrances. The front door of the house is located at 502 E. Huron St. You can also enter off of the church’s Washington Street parking lot either by passing through the church building, to the Campus Center inside entrance.

We look forward to seeing you!