A course in baptist history taught by Dr. bill j. leonard


In the heart of our nation’s birthplace, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond invites you to experience the story of religious freedom. Hear the voices of early Baptist dissenters. Explore sites where liberty became law. Find your part in standing for religious liberty today.

BTSR visiting scholar, Dr. Bill J. Leonard of WakeForest University, is a recognized authority on Baptist history and politics who will lead our exploration and discovery, along with a diverse team of religious liberty experts:

  • Fred Anderson and Nathan Taylor of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society
  • Corey Walker, Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University
  • Brent Walker, Interim President of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, and former Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

BTSR is the place to learn about religious liberty THEN and NOW!



May 27-june 1 : immersion week

This experiential week will bring history to life, highlighting the development of religious liberty in America and how it is still being developed and interpreted. The week features lectures from the teaching team, as well as three days of guided travel to sites in the region that have been key in the historic and contemporary struggle for religious freedom. More details here.

Non-credit students are invited and welcomed for the immersion week.

june 2-30 : Credit students continue non-residential study via BTSRConnects

Students may earn full seminary credit by attending these additional 4 weeks of non-residential lecture and dialogue groups via BTSR Connects, a new interactive web-based portal. Far more than “distance learning,” BTSR Connects offers group worship, coaching and relationship with facilitators and fellow students.



For credit-seeking students (3 credit hours) : $1,650.00 tuition
For non-credit participants : $1,000.00 fee
Food, lodging & travel
for those needing hotel accommodations in Richmond : $1,000.00
for those not needing hotel accommodations : $500.00

Limited scholarships are available for food, lodging, and travel on site.

All participants are responsible for their own travel to Richmond.

Contact Tracy Hartman with scholarship questions.



Registration opens November 1, 2017. Class size is limited so early enrollment is encouraged.

Credit seeking students apply HERE

Non-credit students apply HERE

All participants from sister schools will need to complete a brief application
prior to registration.