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Christian Union

At the University of Pennsylvania 

Christian Union Martus LogoIn fall 2013, a Christian leadership development ministry was launched at the University of Pennsylvania. It is now called Christian Union Martus.

The student organization provides students at Penn with access to in-depth Bible study, Christian leadership training, fellowship, and support for Christian students, as well as resources to help any interested students — whatever their spiritual background or beliefs — learn about Christianity.

The main activities of the program include intellectually rigorous Bible courses, a weekly lecture series, conferences, and various outreaches on campus. If you are a current or prospective student, or have a question about Christian Union at Penn, please contact our ministry faculty there via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christian Union is an independent Christian ministry.

Christian Union Faculty

Christian Union's role is to resource involved students by offering mentoring, discipleship and leadership training. Meet the Christian Union faculty team that works with Penn students. 

Christian Union Martus Cornerstone Partners

If you would be interested in helping support the work of Christian Union at Penn, please consider becoming a Christian Union Martus Cornerstone Partner.


  • In 2019-20, 149 undergraduate students enrolled in Christian Union's rigorous, weekly Bible courses. 
  • This year, one full-time Christian Union ministry faculty works directly with students, providing Bible course instruction, mentorship, and leadership coaching.
  • The leadership lecture series, Philia, addresses a host of challenging, inspiring topics throughout the year like "The Gospel and Abundance vs. Scarcity Mindset," "Race in the Church," and "Reasons for Faith."
  • Conferences took students off campus twice a year for great times of prayer, growth as a community, and stellar talks rooted in scripture.
  • Prayer gatherings take place throughout the year, and students are learning to fast as they seek the Lord for themselves and their campus. Notably, students organized six weeks of 24-hour prayer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


University of Pennsylvania
Founded 1740
Spiritual Heritage George Whitefield, a prominent evangelist, had an idea for building a Philadelphia charity school that would double as a house of worship.
Motto Leges Sine Moribus Vanae; "Laws without Morals are Useless"
Undergraduate Students 10,183
Graduate Students 11,870
Faculty 4,893

Christian Union at Penn
Year the ministry was founded 2013
Full-time Christian Union ministry faculty 1
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