Chapel Program

Ayer Memorial Chapel

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in the Ayer Memorial Chapel in 1957, he was not yet widely known. But his heartfelt speech would affect Peddie graduates for the rest of their lives. Over the next 50 years, the chapel has hosted presidents and governors, scholars and scientists, friends and alumni — and students who will become all of those things themselves.

Dedicated in 1951 to the young Peddie men who died in World War II and funded by donations of their classmates and fellow alumni, the chapel stands as a monument to the school's deep history. It remains a literal and figurative centerpiece of the Peddie campus and student life, a reminder of all those who came before.


The Peddie community gathers twice a week in Ayer Memorial Chapel to focus on one of the school's core values: balance. Students and faculty share pieces of music or literature, which are followed by chapel talks. These talks are as diverse as our student body itself, often personal, sometimes spiritual, occasionally humorous and always moving.


Marc Onion

Marc Onion

Chaplain, Teacher
M.A., New York University
B.A., Boston College