Baptist University of the Américas named “most affordable” Bible college in Texas


Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) ranks #1 in Texas and among the top 20 most affordable Bible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to a survey of 1,200 colleges and universities conducted by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

The survey determined the top 50 institutions that offer Bible-based, Christian education. The schools were selected due to their outstanding ministry programs, high-quality academics, generous financial aid, and the focus on Christian culture and academics.

“BUA serves students from a variety of countries who desire an education that prepares them as Christian leaders, both in church-related and secular careers, ” said BUA President René Maciel. “Most of our students need financial assistance to attend, so we rely on private donations, federal financial aid, and support from Texas Baptists in the Baptist General Convention of Texas to provide funding for them.”

BUA offers bachelor’s degrees in Business Leadership, Biblical & Theological Studies, Human Behavior, Music, and Spanish Language and Literature, and an associate degree in Cross-Cultural Studies.

The next highest Texas school ranked 22nd.

More information is available at: http://www.affordablecolleges.com/rankings/bible-colleges

Baptist University of the Américas, located at 8019 S. Pan Am Expressway in San Antonio, Texas, provides post-secondary education for students from all over the world. Students can earn certificates and college degrees not only to enter the formal ministry in churches but also to minister while serving in their secular careers.  More information is available at www.bua.edu.

Nearly 200 to receive certificates, degrees on May 16


Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) will confer certificates and degrees on nearly 200 students during the annual Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 16 at Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave.

Dr. Adena Loston Williams, President of St. Philip’s College, will be the commencement speaker.

The University is awarding 153 certificates and 39 degrees.

BUA will present a Student Service Award to a graduate who embodies the servant leadership qualities while engaging with other students and attaining excellent academic performance.

Baptist University of the Américas provides post-secondary education for students from all over the world. Students can earn certificates and college degrees not only to enter the formal ministry in churches but also to minister while serving in their secular careers.

BUA is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award associate and bachelor degrees. The campus is located at 8019 S. Pan Am Expressway or online at www.bua.edu.

President René Maciel honored by alma mater and Texas Baptists


Texas Baptists elected the most ethnically diverse officers in their 129-year history. Serving for 2015 are, from left, Bedalo Yirga, Pastor of Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church in Garland, 2nd Vice President; Kathy Hillman, messenger from Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco and Director of Baptist collections at Baylor University, President; and René Maciel, President of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio, 1st Vice President. (Photo Credit: Texas Baptists)

René Maciel, President of Baptist University of the Américas since 2007, has received two high-level honors.

Maciel received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) in Abilene. The award is presented to alumni whose personal and professional accomplishments are exemplary of the ideals and aims of the university. He was selected by a committee of campus leaders.

Maciel received his bachelor’s degree in religious education from Hardin-Simmons in 1981. He holds a master’s degree from Baylor University.

At Hardin-Simmons, Maciel played varsity basketball and varsity golf. He was President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and participated on many mission efforts of the Baptist Student Ministry while at HSU. He was a member of Tau Alpha Phi social fraternity and received Logsdon Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

Prior to joining BUA, Maciel was Assistant Dean for Administrative and Academic Services at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education administration. He has been serving as Interim Pastor of First Baptist Church of Castroville since June 2014.

At the annual meeting in November 2014, Maciel was elected without opposition to the post of 1st Vice President of Texas Baptists, also known as the Baptist General Convention of Texas. In that role, he serves with the President and 2nd Vice President as a committee to recommend people to serve on the Committee on Nominations. That committee fills openings on the boards and committees that govern Texas Baptists.

The 1st Vice President also serves as an ex-officio member of other committees or councils as appointed by the President. He serves as President in the absence of the President and also represents the Baptist General Convention of Texas when needed.

Maciel served as 2nd Vice President during the previous year.

Grow, Serve, Connect


BSM at BUA

By Luis Juarez, Missions and Spiritual Life Director

Baptist Student Ministry, supported by Texas Baptist, is a community on mission. It exists to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ on college campuses throughout the state of Texas. We are committed to seeing students grow in their relationship with God as well as with students during their collegiate experience.

College is an exciting yet challenging time in the life of students. It does not matter what background you come from, the transition from high school to college will test your faith. During my years at BUA I was faced with 3 different challenges; the faith challenge, the freedom challenge, and the time challenge. These challenges are very common among students.

  • The faith challenge questions the student’s faith. “Is this my faith or my parents’ faith? What do I believe? Why do I believe it?” Unlike any time in life, it is the student’s decision whether or not to attend church or to continue to serve God.
  • The freedom challenge deals with the student’s decision-making. For the first time students are free to make their own decisions and deal with the consequences.
  • The discipline challenge deals with time-management and priorities. College students deal with having a healthy balanced life.

Upon graduating BUA, I felt there was a great need of spiritual encouragement and guidance for students. Although we are Christian University, our students are not exempt from the abuse of alcohol, drugs, sex outside of marriage, to name a few. Based on this reality, I presented President René Maciel with a plan that would minister to the spiritual needs of our student body. On the fall semester of 2011, I started the student ministry at BUA on a volunteer basis. On the fall of 2013 I came on staff as Missions and Spiritual Life Director and we partnered with Texas Baptist to create a Baptist Student Ministry at BUA. That same year BSM at BUA started a student ministry at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. Every Wednesday I meet with Christian and non-Christian students for Bible study at Palo Alto College.

The mission of BSM at BUA is to GROW, SERVE, and CONNECT. We want students to GROW in their relationship with God and each other through weekly small groups, worship, and fellowship meetings. We are here to SERVE God, students, and BUA. Every month we organize a free lunch for all students at BUA and Palo Alto College. Also, we connect students to the local church. We believe the local church is a blessing to our students, and our students are a blessing to the church.

Latina Leadership Institute – Empowering Christian Latina Leaders


By Alejandra Lopez

The Latina Leadership Institute began as an initiative to identify, develop, and empower Christian Latina leaders who could positively contribute to their church and communities. The development of Latina leaders is achieved through formal and informal educational opportunities such as intensive trainings, networking, and mentoring.

The intensive training, exclusively for women, is designed to strengthen interpersonal, professional and leadership skills. Participants receive instruction from accomplished women whose knowledge and expertise help equip current and future women leaders to face the challenges of leadership.

LLI curriculum and topics enable women to fully concentrate on personal and spiritual growth. A Certificate in Latina Leadership Studies is received upon completion of three courses, each consisting of nine classes. The first course, or Year I of training, is centered on “Nurturing Self as Leader.” It covers topics such as emotional and physical health, spirituality and the journey of leadership. The second course, Year II of certification, is both internally and externally focused with classes relevant to “Transitioning from Self to Others.” Classes in this second course include counseling skills, boundaries, and conflict resolution. The third and final year is all about “Leading Change and Managing Others.” Students receive instruction in non-profit organization, training of trainers, organizational change, and how to market themselves.

The LLI training provides an ideal environment for women to grapple with major issues in leadership for church and society. There are various opportunities for women to practice and sharpen their skills as leaders through carefully selected reading assignments and projects. The program also encourages participants to form and nurture friendships that provide support networks in their respective field and ministries.

Due to the focus of this initiative, leaders in training are carefully selected before being individually invited to participate in the training.

Many women who’ve attended LLI have been inspired to both complete and further their education. Anna Rodriquez was invited to participate in the program by Patty Villarreal, LMSW, one of the founders and co-director of the Institute. Anna has been Project Coordinator for Buckner Children and Family Services in Midland, Texas for the past 14 years. She completed her LLI certification in 2010 and since then has brought 5 other women to participate in the training. She writes,

“The Latina Leadership Institute provided me the opportunity to learn from a rich culture of educated and resourceful Latina women. LLI not only provided me the vision to reach out to other Latina women, but it placed within me a strong urgency to educate Hispanic families. The first year of LLI, was more of a spiritual awakening for me. This inspiration was brought forth after listening to a series of speakers. One woman in particular, was the President of Texas A&M San Antonio, Texas. When Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier shared her personal leadership journey, I almost instantly knew it was time for me to further my education. I had entertained the thought long enough, but I finally felt the need to do something about returning to school. As the passion rose within me, I immediately knew I would complete my Master’s degree. That’s exactly what I did.

“I now have a Master’s in Public Administration emphasis in Leadership. I give credit to LLI for having this unique Leadership program. I also appreciate the fact that these women are obedient to God’s voice. They share in His love for women and for building up the kingdom of Christ. I have been blessed by the influential Latina women who’ve crossed my path and influenced my own leadership journey. They have made a difference in my life.”

Our mission is to be a Christian organization that empowers women leaders to reach excellence from a Latina perspective. Our vision is to be a predominant seed bed in the United States for Christian Latina Leaders.

Academic Life at BUA


By F. Marconi Monteiro, Ed.D.

 It is good to look back at the 2013-2014 academic year and celebrate what the Lord has done at Baptist University of the Américas. In order to fulfill its mission to form “from the Hispanic context, cross-cultural Christian leaders,” BUA centers on the delivery of excellence through the different academic programs and a stimulating and vibrant Christian environment.

During this year, BUA celebrated the 11th year since it received accreditation to offer Bachelor of Arts degrees. Since 2003, the Biblical/Theological program has graduated 263 students. After their beginning in 2008, the Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership graduated 26 students and the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature graduated 18 students. The university’s newest program, the Bachelor of Arts in Music, just had two students as its first graduates this past May. In addition to the graduates of the B.A. programs, the Associate of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies has graduated 39 students. Over 60% of these students are serving the Lord in ministry positions at churches and denominational agencies. Also, 28% of the graduates since 2003 have gone on to graduate programs at institutions that include theological seminaries and universities such as Princeton Seminary, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, Logsdon Seminary at Hardin Simmons University, Dallas Baptist University, Wayland Baptist University, Wake Forest University, Campbell University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas State University, University of Texas-PanAm, Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

The academic year had outstanding highlights. João Paulo Chaves, a 2010 graduate in the Biblical/Theological Studies program, began his Ph.D. in Religion at Baylor University and was selected as a Baptist Colleges & Universities Scholar, an award provided by Baylor University and the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. Paulo serves as a volunteer adjunct faculty member at BUA and commutes to Waco for his doctoral classes. He graduated in August 2012 from Truett Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies degree. His master’s thesis, Evangelicals and Liberation Revisited: An Inquiry into the Possibility of an Evangelical-Liberationist Theology, published that same year by Wipf & Stock. Other news and accomplishments of BUA’s faculty include:

  • Two presentations at national conferences by Christopher Langford, Instructor of Business Leadership. Langford also published the article “How Do Social Networks Influence the Employment Prospects of People with Disabilities?” (Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 25, 295-310).
  • Dr. Mario Ramos, chair and associate professor of Biblical & Theological Studies, was the cover story for the January edition of Baptists Today, in the article by John Pierce, “Mario’s Dream.”

In addition, the Music program implemented the “Songs of the Messiah,” a Vital Worship project funded by a grant from the Calvin Institute of Worship. The Rollins Lectures were planned and implemented on November 7, 2013 by the Business Leadership program and had as their main speaker, Dr. Monty Lynn, Associate Dean in the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University. Lynn spoke on the topic of Business as Missions. Under the same theme, the Rollins Lectures featured a panel that included ministers and business individuals who consider their role in the workplace as a ministry on behalf of Christ. The lectures concluded with a presentation by Ben Newell, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary, on the work done through business projects as missions and ministry to the community at large.

BUA finished the school year with a meaningful graduation ceremony at First Baptist Church San Antonio, where 21 students received their B.A. degrees and 12 students received their A.A. degrees. BUA celebrates the commitment of its faculty by the care with which they promote learning among the school’s student body and the students who come to BUA with their eyes focused on the ministries to which the Lord called them bless the school. BUA looks forward to the years ahead when it can continue to focus on academic excellence.

BUA Gives Back


by Rhoda Vance

BUA once again was able to host its 7th Annual Eagle 5K Run in which all proceeds benefited the organization Communities in School San Antonio. CISSA’s focus is to help students in the San Antonio area stay in school by providing services to them in the areas of academics, behavioral and attendance. Rufus Samkin, President & CEO said, “Communities In Schools keeps students in school and on the path to success in life. We are serving over 7,000 students on 70 campuses, but many more need help. Our children can’t wait – in many cases, this is the only chance students will have to access an education and secure a brighter future.”

“Giving back is something BUA strives to practice, accepting the challenge in Acts 20:35 In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive, President René Maciel said.

“We had over 156 runners register last year and we had about 45 volunteers. Our age span ranged from 3 – 75 and there was excitement in the air as children, youth, young adults and seniors gathered in one place to raise funds for this worthy cause,” Maciel shared. “Nick Holguin, President of the Baptist Credit Union, has partnered with us the last few years as our Title Sponsor in helping give back to the Southside Community.”

Maciel continued by quoting Winston Churchill’s famous words “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” I really believe this and hope God will continue to give us the opportunity to keep this tradition going.”

“Next year’s Eagle Run will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 and we hope that you will join us in either running in this event, volunteering or in being a sponsor,” Maciel shared.
This event takes place on the campus of Baptist University of the Américas. For more information, please contact rhoda.vance@bua.edu or call the President’s Office at (210) 924-4338, ext 207.

ISAAC Center Opens at BUA


ISAAC Center Opens at BUA to Assist Immigrants

The Immigration Service and Aid Center (ISAAC) opened its doors on the Baptist University of the Américas campus Aug. 30 to help immigrants with citizenship issues. The ISAAC center is Texas Baptists’ first effort to provide direct help to immigrants as they work within the law and navigate the complicated path toward citizenship. In addition to helping people resolve their citizenship status, the center will serve as a training institute for people who desire accreditation to help immigrants.

In recent years, the ISAAC Project, a collaborative ministry of BUA and the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, has focused on training church leaders to minister to immigrants. With the opening of the center, ISAAC leaders also will provide direct help to those who need it.

“This is a vision that became a dream that has become a reality,” Steve Vernon, associate executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, said during a ceremony before the center’s official ribbon cutting.

Many immigrants attempt to work through their citizenship issues legally, but there are few reputable, affordable options available to them, said Jesús Romero, who leads ISAAC. This new center provides a trusted ally who can provide trustworthy guidance through a complicated system.
The center and the ministries it spawns provide churches a wonderful opportunity— people lining up for a Christian ministry, Romero said. People who seek legal help will discover Christians who care about them, provide assistance and point them to Christ, he said.

“For the ISAAC Project, this is evangelism,” he said.

BUA President Rene Maciel believes the center will extend the university’s mission. The center’s work will inspire BUA students and provide an avenue through which they can practice hands-on ministry.
“It gives us also that opportunity to help (immigrants), care for them, love them,” he said.

Graduation of Cross-Cultural Leaders


by Linda Cross

The flags of twenty-three nations flanked the platform as the Baptist University of the Américas graduating class of 2014 walked across the stage to receive their degrees and shake the hand of BUA’s President, René Maciel. Twenty-five students received Bachelor of Arts degrees, twelve received Associate of Arts degrees, and five received diplomas in Biblical and Ministry Studies. In addition, twenty-nine graduates earned certificates in various Leadership programs.

Vianey A. Picholá Gutierrez was awarded the Alcides Guajardo Student Service Award. This award is given each year to a student who has demonstrated throughout his or her years at BUA a great spirit of service to the student body and to others. In announcing Gutierrez’s selection, Mary Ranjel, Vice President for Student Services, stated, “This student has shown by her engagement with other students, her academic performance, and her dedication to service, that she embodies the serving leadership qualities we expect from our students and our graduates.”

Dr. Marconi Monteiro, Vice President for Academic Affairs, recognized the students graduating with honors: Irene Morlette Bueno, Magna Cum Laude, and Linda Elizabeth Sotelo, Cum Laude, in Biblical and Theological Studies; Erika Moreno Calero, Monica Sabrina Garza and Ana Cecilia Galindo Santos, Magna Cum Laude in Business Leadership; and Daniel Tamez Garza, Cum Laude in Spanish Language and Literature.

Debbie González graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies. Irene Morlette Bueno and Chase Allan Carnes graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts in the same program.

Summa Cum Laude graduates have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.90 to 4.00, a straight-A GPA. Magna Cum Laude graduates earned a GPA of 3.80 or higher, Cum Laude a GPA of 3.70 or higher. All college-level courses are offered in English only, regardless of the native language of students. All BUA graduates must be able to function successfully at the college level in professional/academic English.

President René Maciel introduced Commencement Speaker, Dr. Russell Dilday. Dilday reminded the assembled graduates, their families and friends, that during his tenure as president of Southwestern Seminary, BUA and the seminary had a partnership that benefited both institutions. “Daniel Rivera and I served as ‘mutual presidents’,” Dilday said, “and I had the privilege of speaking at your commencement in 1985.”

He continued by reminding President Maciel that his father, Eleazar “Charles” Maciel and He (Dilday) became friends while both were students at Baylor University during the 1950s. “This has always been one of my favorite institutions, and I’m grateful to see it doing so well.”

Then turning to speak of the future, Dr. Dilday urged the assembly to “Practice Christian Civility in a World of Rancor.” “In a word,” Dilday commented, “civility is simple kindness.” Quoting Henry James, Dilday continued, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”

Dilday reminded the gathered BUA community that the concept of civility has been recognized in the great moments of American history. Abraham Lincoln called for “malice toward none and charity for all” because “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” The United States Declaration of Independence in its opening paragraph calls for “a decent respect for the opinions of mankind.”

But the most important reason for Christians to practice civility, i.e., kindness, is that “Christian civility is a biblical mandate. Listen to these clear commands in the Word of God,” Dilday urged, “commands just like the Ten Commandments: Pursue peace with everyone. (Hebrews 12:14) Speak evil of no one, avoid quarreling, be gentle and show every courtesy to everyone. (Titus 3:2) Let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. (James 1:19)

He also reminded the BUA community that “Christian civility does not mean giving up convictions. Neither does it mean giving up strong, aggressive language.”

He concluded by noting that “Christian civility is perfectly expressed in what the Bible calls agape – love. Jesus gave us that new commandment to love one another. Agape love – that open, outward, unselfish view toward others – captures the essence of Christian civility. Agape is actively putting yourself in the other person’s place. It’s acting toward them in the same way you would want them to act toward you – with respect, decency, consideration, and kindness.”

Dilday, a renowned educator and Baptist leader, is currently Chancellor of the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He earned his B.A degree from Baylor University and his M.Div and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he later served as president for sixteen years. He served as Interim Dean of Truett Seminary, where he was on the faculty while serving on the administrative staff of Baylor University. He was named “Outstanding Professor” at Baylor University for the year 1999-2000. He retired from Baylor in 2000. He also served as Interim President of Howard Payne University.

He has served as President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention and President of the SBC Home Mission Board. He is the author of six books, Bible study literature and numerous articles. He has also pastored churches in Clifton and Antelope, Texas, and Second-Ponce-de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. He was the founding pastor of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston.

In addition to many others honors and awards he has received, Dilday holds Honorary Doctorates from Baylor University, Mercer University, William Jewell College and Dallas Baptist University. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of both Baylor and Southwestern Seminary and received the George W. Truett Distinguished Church Service Award from Baylor in 2004.

President Maciel announced faculty and staff awards for the year. ­­­­­Honored as a tie were Dr. Mario Ramos & Dr. Jesús Romero, Fulltime Faculty Members of the Year; Charles Comer, Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year; and Patricia Diaz, Staff Member of the Year.

Special music for the commencement service was provided by the BUA Ensemble, featuring Ségio Bezerra, César Casasola, Ana Castellano, Sérgio Cruz, Roberto Jimenez, Gabriela Lira, Isaac Ortiz, Deborah Vance and Luwei Zheng, under the leadership of Maria Monteiro, Chair of the Department of Music. Carlos Rangel, BUA 2011 graduate played the piano Prelude and the Processional and Recessional marches. Sérgio Bezerra, Instructor of Music, provided accompaniment for the congregational singing.

Joseph Brake, Chair, BUA Board of Trustees, read the scripture, Colossians 1:9-12, and led the Invocation.

Baptist University of the Américas offers bachelor’s degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies, Business Leadership, Music and Spanish Language and Literature and an associate degree in Cross-Cultural Studies. Certificate programs include Advanced Leadership, Christian Leadership, Formative Leadership and Latina Leadership Studies.
Certificate programs are in English only.

The flags on display during the commencement ceremony represent the twenty-three countries of the students, faculty and staff of BUA for the spring semester 2014. In addition to the United States and Mexico flags, other countries represented were Brazil, Burma, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Moldova, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The University also offers a diploma in Biblical and Ministry Studies through the Baptist Bible Institute (BBI) in both English and Spanish. The BBI program is offered at twenty-four locations throughout Texas, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, India, South Africa and Colombia.

CHANGING OUR WORLD Campaign Makes Public Debut


 

“Changing Our World,” a three year, $28 million investment to expand and enhance Baptist University of the Américas’ preparation of cross-cultural Christian leaders has been unveiled publically.

Campaign Chair Babs Baugh, president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, announced the public phase of the comprehensive campaign during the annual Friends and Donors Dinner at San Antonio’s Oak Hills Country Club in May.

“I am convinced we can do this, especially if potential donors could meet and talk to the students. They honestly believe they can change the world!” Babs Baugh stated as she described BUA to friends and donors.

“Since 1947, the unfaltering vision of this school has been to transform the world in the name of Jesus Christ,” President René Maciel reminded the gathering. “Changing Our World honors those who first dreamed that dream and embraces a future continuing faithful to God’s call.”

Prior to the campaign’s public debut, the university conducted the Trustees and faculty & staff divisions’ campaign. The BUA family exceeded the goals set for trustees and faculty & staff.

The Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Bea Mesquias, President of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas (HBCT) obtained a 100% participation rate and has already pledged 98% of their $1.5 million goal for the new campus.

In addition to the Trustees division, the faculty and staff division, under the leadership of Mario Ramos, Chair of Biblical & Theological Studies at BUA, exceeded their $50,000 goal and have pledged 346% of their goal; a grand total of $172,789.

BUA friends, Bea Mesquias of Harlingen, TX, and her family pledged to build the chapel for the new campus. Rusty and Connie Pace, of San Antonio, TX pledged their support to build the new campus’ library.

“Friends like these make it possible to move forward in encouraging others to join in and make change a reality,” said President René Maciel.

As added blessings, the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, the Christ is Our Salvation Foundation, the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptist) and anonymous donors have pledged and provided immense support toward the campaign. A campaign goal of $28,000,000 has secured $10,000,000 as of June 6, 2014.

In addition to the current BUA family, the BUA Alumni Union, founded in 2012, made a pledge of $300,000 toward the building of a new campus, resulting in the “Acentos” wing. Members of various classes have stepped forward to pledge their support for the university as it moves to provide a home for an expanding student base.

Through the “Changing Our World” Campaign, BUA plans to build a new campus next to the student housing units, and continue to expand the space capacity for more students, and eventually add more bachelors’ level degrees to its current programs. The University is moving forward to see its potential fulfilled as it continues to hold fast to its historic Baptist values. BUA, its partners, and the leaders of the campaign are excited to see the results of this campaign become a reality, as Baptist across Texas and the United States join BUA in the effort to change our world.