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A Young Harris College education has been steeped in religious life since Methodist minister Rev. Artemas Lester founded the College in 1886.

We believe a liberal arts education transforms how we think, what we believe, and what we do. The Office of Religious Life seeks to provide a “GPS” for student navigating their lives during these formative years. This includes:

  • Great conversations
  • Participatory practices
  • Service to others
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Worship opportunities

For some, worship includes loud music. For others, it means silence. Some follow a set liturgy. Others do not. At YHC, we recognize that people craft their praise to God in unique ways.

Wednesday College Chapel

Also known as Vespers, the College Chapel is a weekly gathering for campus-wide worship. It takes place at 7 p.m. in the Susan B. Harris Chapel. These services offer a chance to ask questions and wrestle with the deep questions of life.

YHC also offers holiday services for All Saints, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and Easter.


Special religious events

Spiritual life retreat

This annual event takes place each fall and is open to the entire campus community. The Spiritual Life Retreat is a weekend away for spiritual growth, transformation with worship, small groups, and outdoor activities. For more information, please contact the office of Student Development at 706-379-5180.

Mission trips, service projects, and retreats

The Office of Religious Life organizes many mission and service opportunities. These include a local volunteer work, a campus-wide CROP WALK to fight hunger; a Spring Break mission trip, a Take Back the Night event to end sexual violence, and the annual Spiritual Life Retreat.

Lectures and panels

Each year, the Office of Religious Life sponsors lecture series and panel discussions. Topics range from religious pluralism, Christianity and healthcare, the environment, and capital punishment.

Student ministries and religious organizations

Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM)

Promotes devotion to God and service. Members participate in meetings and activities that provide opportunities for worship, Bible study, fellowship, speakers, discussion, social life, witness, missions, and ministry.

Chapel Ministry Team

Organizes, advertises, and conducts the weekly Chapel service on campus, in addition to the cooperative planning of various campus-wide Christian life events and activities.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Presents athletes, coaches, and all the people they influence with the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

Inter-religious Council

Serves as unifying council and supervisor to the religious organizations that respond to the spiritual needs of the College community.

Student Inquiry Group for Humanist Thought (S.I.G.H.T.)

Offers a safe and open non-sectarian environment to discuss topics such as faith, doubt, and spirituality.

Simple Charity

Connects students with local churches so they can raise money to end global poverty and partner to transform the brokenness in our world.


A student-led bible study club.

Wesley Fellowship

Provides opportunities leading to the spiritual, moral, social, and intellectual development of all students on campus with a special sense of responsibility for Methodist students.