Spiritual Formation

There is no ‘typical’ Acadia Divinity College student. God calls people from different ages and stages of life to serve in many different ways. Our diverse student population represents more than 20 different Christian denominations and numerous countries.

Regardless of where you are located or what you are studying, ADC seeks to encourage and support you in your personal formation. We are a close-knit and warm community where you are known, cared about, and prayed for regularly. We strive to draw both students and instructors closer to Christ. In additional to Spiritual Formation courses, every course includes prayer and time for reflection.

John M 2015

“We seek to live out the hope in Hebrews 10
 to draw near to God together as we encourage and spur one another on to love and good deeds. We delight to see students grow as they sow seeds of the Kingdom in their unique ministry contexts.”


Dr. John McNally
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Director, Mentored Ministry Program


As part of our intentional focus on community, our students, staff, and faculty gather together on Wednesdays at 11:45am for a worship service followed by community lunch. This is a time for us to come together as one body of believers, and an opportunity for informal conversations and deeper friendships. Our chapel messages are podcasted and can accessed on our podcast page.


The Acadia Divinity College Student Association seeks to provide build a community of love, support and encouragement for all students. To learn more about the ADCSA, or to discover some upcoming events, please visit their webpage.


We offer a number of courses designed to teach and lead individuals in spiritual formation. These courses seek to balance the deep theological learning with the practical application in our own lives and in the lives of others.

Local Church Involvement

ADC continues to build and strengthen our relationships with churches, locally and throughout Atlantic Canada, seeking to provide them with resources and support for practical pastoral and lay leader training as well as continuing education.  We are affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and located within the Eastern Valley Baptist Association.

Religious and Spiritual Life

Manning Memorial Chapel – Chaplaincy at Acadia University recognizes the importance of spiritual growth and maturity within the lives of students, staff, and faculty, as well as all who may join us from the broader community.

During each term there are services held each weekday. The morning services are held from 11:30am until 11:50am. On Wednesday evening at 6:30pm there is a Bible Study. Also during each term, there is a University Service held every Sunday night at 7:00pm. These services are Christian, which reflect both the heritage and ongoing Christian practice in the chapel. The services are ecumenical in nature: http://chapel.acadiau.ca/Home.html.