Welcome to the Center for Baptist Heritage Studies.

Please note: Summer Closings

VBHS and the Center will be closed to the public for collections maintenance for most of July and August 2018. 

Assistance with internal university requests will continue to be available as much as possible during this time.

We will receive, but cannot guarantee, special research requests from others on a case by case basis. Thanks for your understanding of this important part of our work.

New Website Coming Soon...

We are excited to be working on a total website revision for VBHS & CBHS in 2018. Watch this space!

2018 Annual Meeting: 

Join us June 7th at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, for the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society at 7:30 pm. Dinner is at 6, by pre-registration only, and is open to all. Visit us on FB to sign up!

2017 Annual Meeting

Religious Liberty was the emphasis of the 2017 Annual Meeting  of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, on May 16 at River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, VA. Our keynote speaker was Amanda Tyler, J.D., executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a church-state advocacy organization headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  Fred Anderson, shared about the historical role of Virginia Baptists in helping to secure religious liberty for all Americans, and our existing 18th century churches received special commendation for their role as "liberty legacy" churches. New executive director Nathan Taylor was installed in the midst of the proceedings, while the society commended the 38-year tenure of Fred Anderson and conferred upon him the title of director emeritus.

LATEST PUBLICATION on Inter-faith relationships...

For 2017, the Heritage Center has released a new publication entitled Keeping the Faith While Making Interfaith Relationships, which was the result of the project for the 2016-17 Class of Heritage Fellows.  Each Fellow was asked to become grounded in Baptist distinctives, as well as learning about other faiths.  They were invited to cultivate a new friendship with a person of another faith on their college campus.  In the book, each shares about his/her personal backgrounds as a Baptist and reflects upon their interfaith relationship experience.  The book can be ordered while supplies last for $10 + .50 tax + $1.50 for s&h = $12.

 NEW PUBLICATION on Baptist women ministers

The Heritage Center has published Strength for the Journey:  Feminist Theology & Baptist Women Pastors, by Judith Bledsoe Bailey.  Full information listed under NEWS.


In Search of the Heroic, by Andrew Gardner, is written for high school and college-age youth to use as a resource on Baptist history and heritage.  Order at $6 each or a set of 10 for $30 ($3 each).  Call or send orders to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.

Were you ever in a Baptist Student Union?  We are pleased to present a new history, Baptist Collegiate Ministry in Virginia, Past, Present, Future, written by Rachel Cook, a Fellow of the Heritage Center, which includes numerous photographs of Baptist student work across the years.  To order, send $6 to cover s&h and ask for the BCM history.  Call or write the Center at the above address.


Established in 2000 through an agreement between the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the University of Richmond and the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies seeks to champion the distinctive contributions of Baptists and to provide educational opportunities related to Baptist history and heritage.

It accomplishes its mission in numerous ways, including the production of publications, convocations and programs on special topics of interest, and the Heritage Fellows program for college students, as well as an essay contest for high school students. The Center also produced a magazine for children exploring important figures in Baptist life, called Heritage Seekers.

The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies receives support from Virginia Baptists and other partnering individuals and friends; those interested in the work of the Center are invited to contribute financially. Conceived in late 1999, the Center began operations in 2000 as an organization equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Center serves as an educational medium to teach and transmit Baptist heritage. It explores Baptist distinctives by providing educational opportunities and resources for reflecting on current issues related to the Baptist tradition. Its tag line is “Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future.”

The Center has published numerous resources including a small book for teaching Baptist heritage in the local church, a DVD resource on the principle of Separation of Church and State, as well as DVDs from its convocations on such topics as Christianity and Cultural Diversity and Peace-bearing. It published 12 magazine issues of Heritage Seekers, which is designed to teach Baptist history and heritage to children and their families. The entire set of Heritage Seekers is available as a boxed resource.



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