Baptist Studies Center for Research

Martin Luther King
E. Y. Mullins
Thomas Helwys
G. W. Truett
Isaac Backus
James Dunn
Lottie Moon
Nannie Burroughs
Walter Rauschenbusch
William Carey


Our Purpose


On its side facing Founders' Mall, Pat Neff Hall proclaims, "The preservers of history are as heroic as its makers." The Baptist Studies Center for Research will use the resources of the present to preserve the past--the history of Baptist tradition of more than 400 years--and in so doing contribute to the future of this powerful arm of the church of Jesus Christ.

The purpose of the Center is to make an impact on the future shape of the global community of Baptists by attending to the Baptist story and to make an impact on the future of Baylor University by preserving and enhancing the Baptist story as part of the University's work.

The Center is in the Department of Religion where Baptist historians are already at work and where its administrative support is housed. The goal of the BSCR is to relate to other units on Baylor's campus such as the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, the J. M. Dawson Institute for Church-State Studies, the Institute for Oral History, the Institute for Studies in Religion, and the Baylor University Libraries.

Current/Future Plans for the BSCR

Recent Events 


Baptist History and Heritage Society Conference 2018

Melody Maxwell, Molly Marshall, and Mandy McMichael, our three plenary speakers at the Baptist History and Heritage Society

Courtney Pace just before presenting her paper at the Baptist History and Heritage meeting at Smoke Rise Baptist Church.


NABPR Spring 2018 at Gardner-Webb

NABPR 2017 Boston 

The picture includes many baptist historians including Drs. Doug Weaver and Bill Pitts, Dr. Rady Roldan Figueroa of Boston University, and alums of our program: Glenn Jonas of Campbell University, Mel Hawkins of Carson Newman University,  recent grad João Chaves, and, finally, current student, Jake Randolph.

Doug Weaver delivers the presidential address "Baptists and the Interplay of Word/Spirit/Experience" at the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion meeting in Boston. #nabpr #aarsbl17

Dr. Weaver pictured with recent doctoral graduate João Chaves