Thomas Kilgore Jr. Chapel of the Cross

Rev. Thomas Kilgore Jr: obituary, 1998: “He was always on the cutting edge of blending spirituality and community involvement; he knew that to be spiritual meant you had to have a positive impact on making this a better community,” said the Rev. William Epps, who succeeded Kilgore as senior pastor of the Second Baptist Church, the oldest African-American Baptist church in Los Angeles. Kilgore served as pastor of that congregation for 22 years and was a past president of the American Baptist Convention. Kilgore served as an adviser to three USC presidents – Hubbard, Zumberge and Sample. He was active in civil rights work throughout his adult life and maintained a long friendship with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family.

The Thomas Kilgore Jr. Chapel of the Cross
In the same vein of Rev. Thomas Kilgore Jr.’s communal ministry and civil rights activism, USC’s Kilgore Chapel is a dedicated Christian space of unity and positive community impact. The chapel provides a worship atmosphere for Christian fellowships to gather, worship, and collaborate. We hope this chapel will bless our campus and the surrounding community. If you have any questions about Kilgore Chapel, please contact USC’s Christian Life Team at

When can I use Kilgore Chapel?
7am-12pm –  Open devotional space (short group prayer sessions are also allowed at this time)
12pm – 11pm –  Reservable space for Christian fellowships – check Kilgore’s reservation calendar for availability.
The chapel can be reserved by registered USC Christian clubs by completing our reservation form.

USC’s Christian Life Team

Our Christian Life Team fosters cooperation and coordination among our 50+ Christian clubs on campus.  USC’s Christian Life Team strives to represent and serve the Christian community at USC as a whole. We have created a network between the many Christian ministries and organizations in order to maintain unity in Christ regardless of denomination. The Christian Life Team supports the efforts and goals of all of our partners as we are more directly connected with the USC Office of Religious Life, Kilgore Chapel, and other university resources. Our goal is to create a visible Christian community on campus that transcends individual groups and creates a welcoming space for all who are interested in pursuing Christ.  To learn more, contact our Co-Directors of Christian Life:  Bekah Estrada and Joe Thackwell.


USC’s Christian Life Team (2018 – 2019)

Joe Thackwell – Co-Director of Christian Life – InterVarsity

Bekah Estrada – Co-Director of Christian Life – The Veritas Forum

Ariel Batiste ’19 – Student Director of Christian Life – Young Life

Enoch Hang ’19 – Student Director of Christian Life – InterVarsity