The faithful people who founded and have sustained University Baptist Church for more than 125 years have left us a legacy of compassionate ministry, prophetic witness, inspiring worship, and meaningful outreach to the University community and our international neighbors. As we move forward, we seek to remain faithful to that legacy and branch out into new directions as the Spirit of God leads us.


Here are a few of the ways we will seek to accomplish those goals in the coming years:

  • Continue our outreach to international women through the INCH program 
  • Expand our role as a congregational partner with NSI 
  • Rebuild our ministry to the students, faculty, and administration of the Ohio State University through programs and initiatives here at UBC and through participation in a new collaborative group of progressive churches in the University District
  • Seek new ways to reach out to our LGBTQ neighbors with a healing word of grace and acceptance
  • Engage with community partners and other local congregations to work toward racial reconciliation and pursue justice for our African American neighbors
  • Continue to engage in efforts to reform the criminal justice system in Columbus and hold the police and government officials accountable when they fail to provide equal justice under the law to all citizens
  • Seek out relationships with other Baptist congregations in the city that are predominantly African American
  • Increase our participation in ecumenical cooperation and interfaith dialogue
  • Provide more opportunities for Christian education and spiritual formation for all age groups
  • Take part in local service projects on a regular basis
  • Commission groups to do short-term mission projects, both in the US and internationally
  • Discern ways that we can become more ecologically responsible and reduce our carbon footprint as individuals and as a congregation
  • Explore new avenues of prayer, worship, and spirituality
  • Employ missional practices that take us outside the walls of our building to do meaningful work in partnership with our neighbors