Life at Palmer


The Palmer Seminary community meets twice a week every other week for worship as the seminary, and once each week with the rest of the Eastern University community for Chapel. The bi-weekly seminary Vespers services are a delightful and refreshing opportunity for us to celebrate the God of our salvation, savor our oneness in Christ, and seek the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit as we journey together. Preaching that heals and motivates, manifesting a variety of Christian worship traditions and styles, and times of silent prayer and reflection are the centerpiece of these Vespers services. We sing our Christian faith through a variety of musical expressions—traditional, gospel, contemporary, international. Storytelling, liturgical dance and other creative forms give further expression to our reverence for the work and presence of God and the life we have in Christ.


The entire Palmer community enjoys gathering for mutual edification and for fun as often as possible. "P.R.E.S.S. Times" throughout each semester give us the opportunity to "Pray, Relax, Eat, Share and Sing" together. Pot-Luck luncheons in the fall and in the spring, a "Carol Sing" at Christmas time, soccer games, barbecues, and other activities are organized by the Student Assembly and interested students.

Special interest groups

A wide range of small special interest groups convene for a variety of reasons, including prayer, mutual support, theological or ecclesiastical identity and exploration, outreach, Bible study, spiritual direction, issues advocacy, and more.