Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) was formed in 1991 in celebration of historic Baptist values, as Baptist life in the South moved sharply toward a narrow theological perspective. Consequently, historic Baptist freedom is a hallmark of BTSR: freedom to question, freedom to discover, freedom to learn, and freedom to serve in Jesus’ name.
BTSR’s unique ethos finds expression in several ways.Excellence in ministry and academics are core values at BTSR. As a seminary we seek to create a tapestry where both academic and ministry threads are distinct, yet where they cooperatively enliven the training of women and men for ministry.
A towel and basin is at the heart of the seminary. Taking our cue from Jesus washing the disciples’ feet (John 13), we strive to grow servant leaders. On the night before graduation, each BTSR graduate receives a servant’s towel with his or her name on it. All graduates are then commissioned to serve in Jesus’ name.
A world in need is at the center of our vision. Through the required Mission Immersion Experience (MIE), our students gain a global perspective as they learn from Christian leaders. This past year, MIE students shared a meal with peace activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa.
Ecumenical cooperation is at the hub of BTSR. Our library is the Morton Library at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. In addition, relationships with Union-PSCE and the Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University provide an ecumenically open context for theological education as students are able to cross-register at all three schools.
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