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About the Rex

Who We Are

"So... tell me about Christus Rex."  It is a familiar phrase we hear when we first meet new friends and start building a new relationship.  How can we tell the story of Christus Rex in a concise, engaging, and invitational way? Christus Rex is a community of promise, purpose, and hope. Our mission is:

  • Centered in worship
  • Engaging Justice
  • Expanding Minds
  • Building Community

Christus Rex is a campus ministry of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) who gathers as a community of faith with young adults and community members on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

Come for worship that is encouraging, uplifting and challenging. The messages are relevant and students are always a part of worship leadership. Come and meet our Campus Ministers and the people that call this their church on campus.

Come as you are! Even if you think you don't fit in at church, check us out. This is a church that welcomes everyone - no exceptions, no fine print, just open and inviting.

Christus Rex is an inclusive community and a safe place for LGBTQIA+.  Since 2014 we have been designated in the National Lutheran church as a Reconciling in Christ Community - a community that cares about being welcome and affirming to all people, and continues to be committed to the work of anti-racism.

Come and see for yourself why students have been calling Christus Rex their home away from home for 75 years.

  • We live in God’s promise, Christ’s purpose, and the Spirit’s hope. We celebrate Word and Sacrament in Baptism and Communion, a place to hear God’s promise.
  • We are called to be people of justice and peace, servicing our global neighbors, living in Christ’s purpose in our world.
  • We are a community of hope, led by the Spirit, believing that in promise, purpose, and hope God is making all things new in our world and in our midst.

Christus Rex is a place where you can bring your questions, bring your WHOLE self and know that you are loved, just as you are. No exceptions.

Whether you have gone to church since you were a child, or you are questioning everything. No matter who you are or what you have done, Christus Rex clings to God's promise of grace for all people.


Christus Rex is a community that takes seriously our call to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly (Micah 6:8) as people of faith. Every month we have many opportunities to join us in service projects - from serving at the food pantry, serving a meal at the Mission, to playing games with residents at Edgewood Vista... join us!

sorting at the food pantry

Meet our Staff

Chad Brucklacher

Campus Pastor
Phone: (701) 775-5581 Email

Chad Brucklacher is the Director and Campus Pastor at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center at the University of North Dakota, a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Prior to that, he served ten years as a parish pastor in Wyoming and South Dakota.  He is married to a pastor who serves a two-point rural parish in East Grand Forks, together they have two grown children.  He loves sports, especially golf, existential conversations, and traveling.  He began his call as Campus Pastor in 2008 and is excited to continue this ministry of hospitality and a full welcome for all persons at the Rex!

Shera Nesheim

Campus Minister

Phone: (701) 775-5581

Shera Nesheim is the new Campus Minister of Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of North Dakota, a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Prior to that, she served as Interim Director of Youth and Family Ministry at United Lutheran in Grand Forks and as Deacon of Heart River Lutheran Church in Mandan, ND. Shera is from Bismarck, married to Tim (a geologist), mother of 3 busy kiddos. She loves good coffee with great conversations, crochet and bike rides on the greenway.


Kayla Dunn

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (701) 775-5581

Kayla Dunn is the Administrative Assistant at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. You will find Kayla in the commons area, tending to the many details of a campus ministry. She is also a welcoming presence – with a smile and snacks to share! Stop in and introduce yourself.

Yen Lee Loh

Music & Keyboard

To reach Yen Lee, please leave a message for him with Christus Rex.

Phone: (701) 775-5581

Ryan King

Choir Director

To reach Ryan, please leave a message for him with Christus Rex.

Phone: (701) 775-5581

Board of Directors 2021

Board of Directors 2021

We are so grateful for this team of people, devoted to the ministry of Christus Rex:

  • Patti Mahar
  • Derrick Johnson
  • Jill Steinhaus
  • Katie Vogel
  • Aaron Bye
  • Jamie Travers
  • Alyssa Petersen
  • Jennifer Bradford
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Building Hours

Monday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Sundays: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please Contact Us if you would like to reserve a meeting space or schedule a meeting.

Ministry Partners

Learn more about our partners in ministry.

Land Acknowledgement:

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota.

We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeates this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.