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Spiritual Life

A row of students holding their candles during the Candlelight Lessons and Carols service in Boyd Chapel

Asheville School aims to create an atmosphere that nurtures character and fosters the development of the mind, body and spirit.

The spiritual life of the campus is influenced by our heritage as a non-denominational Christian institution, and our weekly chapel and vespers services reflect that tradition. We are open to a broad exploration of each individual's spiritual journey, and an emphasis is placed on tolerance and understanding within the context of that journey. Students of any faith are welcome. 

With its quiet serenity and beautiful windows, The William Spencer Boyd Chapel has long been a beloved spot on campus. The doors of Boyd Chapel are always open. 

Senior Talks

All Asheville School seniors address the entire school community on a topic of importance to them during their Senior Talk. Student speakers plan the entire service for the day, including the music selection and any readings. Seniors may choose to speak in Boyd Chapel or Graham Theater. 

Special Observances

At a time when much of the world is torn by conflict related to religious affiliation, it is important to educate and to expose students to the major religions of the world. Throughout the year, the school community observes major holy days of various world religions. Invited speakers raise issues relevant to our students' understanding of themselves and the world around them. Most often these observances take place at convocation during the week.

A senior addresses the student body during her Chapel Talk

Meet our Chaplain

Gus Schill

Gus Schill
B.S.
M-Divinity
M.S. in Education
D-Ministry

Gus Schill studied at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC (Doctor of Ministry), Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS (Master of Divinity), at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO (MS in Education HPER), and at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA (BS in Secondary Education in Social Studies).

Gus came to Asheville School in 2011 as a football, basketball and baseball coach. He has served as Head Football and Head Baseball coach since 2013 and began teaching World Studies, then Ancient Studies. He became school Chaplain in 2015. He serves on the Residential Life staff as a dorm parent and lives in Anderson Hall with his wife Kay (school nurse).

What are your favorite hobbies and why?
I enjoy all forms of family recreation such as hiking, outdoor activities, and exploring western NC in my jeep with my wife Kay.

What is the most inspiring part of your job?
I enjoy the spiritual experience of participating in and leading our community worship services as Chaplain, and the thrill of coaching young men on the football and baseball fields. The closeness of the relationships developed in the classroom, dorm, and athletic fields are some of the greatest blessings of my life.

What is the most important thing you learned before high school?
How to ride a bike. My bike became my source of exploration, confidence, self-reliance and adventure.