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Biblical Foundation

A very important element of Oakwood University’s culture is its “God First” institutional aim—the very core around which the University’s identity, ethics, values, relationships, and curricula orbit. Whether it's online or in traditional classrooms, residence halls, the dining hall, on the campus green, or anywhere in between, Oakwood strives to put God first in everything. It’s simply a way of life.

Recognized as a completely biblically-based principle, successfully putting God first allows the university’s core values (respect, compassion, integrity, excellence, service, innovation and collaboration) to be evident with every encounter students have with Oakwood faculty or staff and with each other.  As with traditional students, online students are invited to virtually participate in activities that will continually strengthen their relationships with God and others in order to build a strong and sustained Biblical, “God First” foundation. 

On this page you will find access to information about Seventh-day Adventists, the weekly E-Chapels, Your Power Moment Devotionals, the Oakwood University Church’s live-streamed services, ways to learn more about the Bible and the Office of Spiritual Life and Mission. 

What We Believe

Oakwood University is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian University. We foster an environment of biblically-based principles and encourage our students to develop a personal relationship with God throughout the course of their study.

The Office of Spiritual Life and Mission

The Office of Spiritual Life and Mission Supports the educational mission of Oakwood University by championing the transformational ministry of Seventh-day Adventist education to the administration, faculty, staff, and students of Oakwood University.

Spiritual Enrichment Request

We're here to help! If you'd like more information about how to enrich your spiritual life or want to speak with one of our Chaplains, please use the link below to make your request. Click on Spiritual Enrichment Request and fill out the form. Your information is private and goes directly to a Chaplain who will respond to your inquiry.

Find out more about The Office of Spiritual Life and Mission online

Contact The Office of Spiritual Life and Mission

Office: 256-726-7108
Fax: (256) 726-8414
Email: oslife@oakwood.edu

Services & Times



Thursdays, 9:50 a.m.

A campus-wide service that gives the entire student body, faculty staff, and online community a chance to interact, get important information, celebrate each other, and gain a wealth of knowledge and spiritual guidance from a wide diaspora of community and church leaders, well-known public figures, and experts in their career fields. You can tune-in to learn and growth with us. 

Listen to short spirit-filled devotionals by various Seventh-day Adventist pastors



Fridays, 8:00 p.m.

This is a unique, student-led worship service that is run by students, FOR students. AYM Release is a place where any and everyone is welcomed to let go of all the hustle and hassle from the week and worship God freely. Release caters to online viewers with an online pastor, online giving, and the ability to comment and participate in the worship service from online as well.

Access pre-recorded worship services from the Oakwood University Church



Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Oakwood University Church is headed by Senior Pastor Dr. Carlton P. Byrd. The church, located on the campus on Oakwood University is a community-friendly worship environment that is filled with great music, great worship, and you can always get a great Word. Live services are streamed at 11 a.m. and rebroadcast at 3 p.m.

Connect to both livestreamed and pre-recorded worship services at the Oakwood University Church