Called Church Conference, Wednesday, July 15


Microsoft Word - UBC Logo 3 sizes.doc6:00 pm   –  following the Summer Covered-Dish Fellowship Supper.

– Vote on Randi McFarland’s ordination
– Vacation Bible School report.

Church Conference – Wednesday June 10

Microsoft Word - UBC Logo 3 sizes.docOn Wednesday, June 10, we will have a church conference in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15 pm to approve the changes made to our Constitution, Bylaws and Leadership Manual. The Joint Administrative Review Committee (JARC) made these recommendations together with congregational input last Wednesday night.

You may direct any questions regarding these documents to Debra Bryant, Ed Smith or Laura Morris.

You can download these files by clicking the name.

1. The JARC powerpoint report
2. UBC Constitution
3. UBC Bylaws
4. UBC Leadership Manual 

Joanna Jennings to Speak Tonight

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Our speaker tonight, Wednesday, May 6, at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall, will be Joanna Jennings.

Joanna is the Director and Co-founder of The Arbor in Charlottesville, a faith-based nonprofit that provides long-term shelter and holistic aftercare to adult female human trafficking survivors in Virginia.  She will be talking about sex trafficking and exploitation and the services that The Arbor provides to the victims.

Join us to celebrate Bob & Patti Badgett – Wednesday May 13

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Everyone is Invited to a Farewell Reception for Bob and Patti Badgett on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 pm in Fellowship Hall!

5:00  Supper:  Fried chicken, Mashed potatoes w/gravy, Green beans, Fried apples, Biscuits, Ice Cream Sundaes (Reservations needed by 10:00 am on Monday)

6:15  Farewell Reception for Bob and Patti. 

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We’ll miss you!



Jan Allaire to Speak Wednesday April 15

AllaireJ photoJanet Allaire will be our Wednesday Night speaker at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall.  In 2009, she was named Director of Ambulatory Services for Women and Children at UVA Health System.  Previously, she was Director of the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center.

We look forward to hearing from Jan Allaire and learning more about the Battle Building, an important partner in our church’s connection with the UVA Health system.


Dr. Jeff Cranford and Drene DeGood to Speak on April 1

Drene deGood of Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM)  and Dr. Jeff Cranford of the Central Virginia Baptist Association (CVBA) will be our Wednesday Night speakers on April 1 at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall.

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Drene DeGood (with Martha Wood, r.)

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Dr. Jeff Cranford


Dr. Keith Smith – Our speaker for March 25

Keith Smith was our Wednesday Night speaker on March 25.

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Keith has been associated with the John Leland Center for Theological Studies for twelve years.  In addition to being an adjunct faculty member, he is Director of the School of Ministry.  He also is pastor of New Community Baptist Church in Richmond.  His former pastorates are Derbyshire Baptist Church, Richmond, and University Baptist Church, Charlottesville.  Keith and his wife, Beth, have two sons, Matthew and Daniel.


A Report on Dr. Ron Crawford’s Presentation

FullSizeRenderOur guest speaker on Wednesday was Rev. Dr. Ron Crawford, President of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR), which has a strong and deep relationship with University Baptist Church. Dr. Crawford began his presentation, in fact, by bringing greetings from a BTSR graduate who grew up in this congregation and by acknowledging the contributions of a UBC member who serves on the seminary’s board of trustees. Furthermore, UBC currently serves as the host congregation for BTSR graduate Randi McFarland’s ministry internship.

Dr. Crawford described several distinctive traits that make BTSR stand out in the landscape of theological education. First, BTSR has a particularly strong focus on cross-cultural mission immersion, a powerful learning experience that is a requirement for each student. BTSR also has a strength in practical training, with an effective internship program that draws on the wisdom of individual congregations. Since its founding, BTSR has maintained and promoted an equal standing for women in ministry, something that continues to set BTSR apart, even today. Finally, BTSR places a strong emphasis on spirituality, recognizing that theological education is much more than mere head knowledge. These distinctive qualities give BTSR its particular identity and character in the context of theological education.

During a lengthy question-and-answer session, Dr. Crawford described various aspects of the seminary’s history, its current academic life, and his vision for its future. He shared about how financial challenges have impacted the seminary’s work, sometimes limiting what it can do, but this has also helped the seminary learn to be efficient and to remain focused on its priorities. In order to provide delivery methods that are accessible to students, BTSR offers classes during the day, in the evenings, and online, as well as hybrid classes that combine face-to-face time with the flexibility brought by technology, opening doors to students who would otherwise find seminary coursework inaccessible.

As BTSR grows and matures, adapting to the needs of a rapidly changing society, it continues to play a vital role in Baptist life in Virginia and beyond. University Baptist Church looks forward to continuing the relationship that we have enjoyed for many years, and it was a great pleasure to hear from Dr. Crawford about the exciting work taking place right now at BTSR.


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