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.
Bill Leonard, James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History at the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University, and Brent Walker, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Dr. Doug Weaver and Dr. Bill Leonard
Dr. Leonard lecturing on Sex, Class, and Religious Liberty: Daniel Featley vs. Early Baptists
Religious Liberty Festival, March 2015
Dr. Doug Weaver, Dr. Kaye Shurden, and Dr. Walter B. Shurden, Sr. The Baptist History and Heritage Society honored Dr. Walter Shurden with a Festschrift at this year's meeting in Nashville.