Quo Vadis is a Christian bookstore located near the campus of Arizona State University. We carry new and used books, indie music, and Bibles in 80 languages. We now sell “Cartel” coffee and tea, and have free wi-fi access. Pull up a chair and come on in.
Quo Vadis Bookstore
1020 S. Mill Ave., Unit D
Tempe, AZ 85281
HOURS: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday. 12:00 – 4 p.m. Saturday
History of Quo Vadis
Quo Vadis Bookstore was begun by Elmer and Jean Hiebert in 1973 as a non-profit Christian literature ministry in Tempe, Arizona. The original location, on University Drive and Forest Ave. directly across from Arizona State University in the “Arches” Plaza, made it easily accessible to students and faculty and general pedestrian traffic. The Hieberts created a warm and loving atmosphere where all were welcomed. Their love of students, professors, internationals, athletes, those with disabilities, and many other “people-groups” of the ASU community was expressed in the way they cared for, mentored, and inspired all who came into the store.
Elmer and Jean had a long and fruitful ministry to the ASU community for more than 30 years and were used by the Lord as a unifying force for many Christian ministries on campus. Though Elmer and Jean moved back to their roots in Dallas, Oregon in 2006, their legacy and influence continues here in Tempe and far beyond.
Though Elmer and Jean were the first managers of Quo Vadis, they were by no means the last! There have been many faithful and caring individuals who have stepped in to manage the bookstore and minister to the community. Over the past ten years or so, some of those special people include Mitch Miller, Brett Myers, Paula Nemeth, Bob Thompson, Sarah Sanders, and currently Wendy Madison. Besides these servant-managers, we have had hundreds of faithful volunteers from young teen and college students to retired friends and family.
Quo Vadis Books Today
Quo Vadis Books is a unique Christian community center that sells books! Great Christian literature, including large selections of C.S. Lewis, apologetics, studies of science and faith, and various editions and versions of the Bible in English, are sold at 20% below retail—everyday. We stock and sell the Bible in over 80 languages, possibly the largest in-store inventory of foreign-language Bibles in the United States.
True to its calling as a force for unity in the Body of Christ, Quo Vadis also hosts many different ministries, prayer meetings, Bible studies, English classes, and small and large group meetings throughout the week. We have been the “birth-place” to at least six different churches and many campus ministries. We’ve hosted book clubs, Thanksgiving dinners, fund-raising dinners, International student parties, Arts Nights, Game Nights, book signings, missionary receptions, talks by professors, and so much more! To put it another way, our motto is “More than a Bookstore.”
Quo Vadis is located across the street from ASU on Mill Avenue between 10th Street and Apache in a cozy strip mall containing an ice cream store, a vintage clothing store, and a Pilates studio. It is next door to C3, the Campus Christian Center. Parking is in the back.
• Visit us at:1020 S. Mill Avenue, Unit D, Tempe, Arizona, 85281 or call us at 480-968-3663.
• We can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Friend us on Facebook, or find us at http://quovadisbooks.tumblr.com
All Quo Vadis workers, including managers, are volunteers who raise their own support. The rent is mostly paid by a committed group of faithful individuals and churches. Please consider volunteering or donating to our ministry!