Tiny Chapels on Campus

Since living on campus, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time in two of the smaller chapels that we have here at Biola, the Rose of Sharon Chapel and the Talbot Prayer Chapel. In this blog, I’ll explain a bit of the history of these two chapels and share some photos from my time in each of them!

Rose of Sharon Chapel – This chapel was built way back in 1966 and it’s actually the oldest chapel here on campus. It was donated by Robert L. Minshew in memory of his wife, Sharon. The chapel is one of the most peaceful and quiet places on campus. It is tucked right between the Library and the LIM Center. Events aren’t held in this chapel, so it creates a consistent quiet space for students who need it! Earlier this morning I spent some time praying and worshipping in this chapel. The sun streaming through the windows created a peaceful and calming atmosphere. If you’re ever living on campus, I would definitely recommend utilizing this space as a place to quietly retreat and spend some time in the presence of the Father.

Inside of the Rose of Sharon Chapel
Inside of the Rose of Sharon Chapel


Talbot East Chapel – This chapel was built in 2011 and is also known as the Fred and Ruth Waugh Prayer Chapel in honor of its donors. Some students also call it the Talbot Whale Chapel in light of its structure and the scripture written on the walls. The verse, “Out of the depths I cry to You, Lord.” from Psalm 130:1 is written on the wall and the roof of the building resembles waves, bringing to mind the story of Jonah inside the belly of the whale. The unique ceiling is actually made of olive wood from Biola’s very own olive trees! There are also small stained-glass squares scattered over the walls. It is truly, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful spots on Biola’s campus.

Inside of the Talbot East Chapel
Inside of the Talbot East Chapel

I am so grateful to be living on a campus that provides peaceful and unique spots for its students to worship and spend time at the feet of the Father! These two “tiny chapels” are by far my favourites :)

Thanks for reading!

Molly