The following open letter is in response to a recent column, Decades of Marginalizing and Silencing Women Have Left Evangelicals Morally Compromised, in the Dallas News written by Peggy Wehmeyer.



A response to Baptist Women


At Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR), we too know the pain of being devalued and diminished by members of our faith family. That’s just one of the reasons that BTSR was founded over 26 years ago. From our earliest days, we have been affirming women’s equality in society and church.

Our current Vice President and Acting Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Preaching, Dr. Tracy Hartman shares her experience: “I spent two years at a seminary that restricted the role of women in ministry. Then my husband and I discovered Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. BTSR affirmed my call to ministry, taught me to preach, and later hired me to be their preaching professor. I’m grateful for how BTSR empowered me, and now I’m grateful for the opportunity to help the next generation of women and men find and use their own unique voices in the pulpit and beyond.”

We extend an invitation to both women and men to join the seminary community that is BTSR—a community where faculty, staff and students honor one another and celebrate and affirm the gifts of women in ministry. Join our 336 alumnae who have found the freedom and affirmation to live fully into their vocational callings as pastors, preachers, teachers, and developed leaders, leaning in to lead in both the church and the world.

#WeToo symbolizes our solidarity with women who have experienced the dismissive nature and the shackles of ecclesiastical bonds within the walls of the Southern Baptist Convention. This hashtag represents the resolve we have to stand with you.  We too will stand firmly with women and men who value, as Christ did, all of God’s creation equally. 

In the love of Christ,

The President, Faculty and Staff of BTSR


Transfer from a Baptist seminary before July 13, 2018 and all transfer fees will be waived – a savings of $150 per course transferred! Tuition scholarships with discounts up to 50% are also available!

Contact Tracy Hartman, 804.204.1214, to discuss.


You can even start your fall semester online with one of these courses!

Interpreting Jesus and the Gospels: This course provides a literary, historical, critical, and theological orientation to the four gospels in the New Testament, with special attention to comparative analysis and appreciation of each gospel’s distinctive portrait of the life and mission of Jesus.

Interpreting Torah and Former Prophets: This course provides an orientation to historical, critical, and theological study of the literature of the Old Testament. Lectures and assigned readings cover the major issues of interpretation. Seminar sections of the course introduce procedures for exegesis through hands-on work on selected texts. The Pentateuch, Historical Books, and the Hebrew Psalter are considered.

Biblical Hebrew I: This course introduces the basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the Hebrew of the Old Testament.

History of Global Christianity I: This introductory course is designed to offer students an opportunity to explore some of the significant individuals, ideas and movements that have shaped the Christian story within specific cultural contexts. This course covers the history of Christianity from the first through the fifteenth century.