UniBap Student Ministry

As a university focused congregation, UBC wants to be a place where every student feels welcome and wanted! Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome in the UniBap Student Ministry. 

A Quiet Place to Study

Each semester, during exam week, University Baptist Church opens its doors to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, as “A Quiet Place to Study” (AQPTS). During the COVID-19 pandemic, we extended this invitation to give students a place to study all year long! Students are welcome to come study in any available room in the church, but we encourage using the rooms on the ground floor and in the Fellowship Hall during office hours.

Please read these guidelines before you join us for your first visit and send an email to our Associate Minster for Students, Val Fisk, to let her know you are coming (vfisk@universitybaptist.org).

Our regular office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday. Students who need space to study outside of regular office hours can reach out to our Associate Minister for Students, Val Fisk, to arrange access to the building. Our extended hours for finals are listed here as well as in our guidelines document above, but any adjustments and updates to these will be sent out via email. 

Extended finals study hours:
May 6 – 8:30 AM to 10 PM
May 7, 8, 9 – 1:00 to 10 PM
May 10, 11, 12, 13 – 8:30 AM to 10 PM

Wednesday Lunches

Each Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:30 PM, our college group gathers on the benches at the front of the church, which we call UniBap Park. Bring your lunch with you or grab a bag of chips from the college room, and join us to spend time together outdoors! [We do wear masks when we are not eating, and observe social distance at all times during these lunches.]

What’s new with UniBap Student Ministry?

In 2018, UBC began to dream about what our next phase of student ministry will look like. A College Ministry Task Force was created to evaluate our current ministry opportunities and gather ideas from other churches that serve university communities. This year-long process led University Baptist to create a new position for an Associate Minister for Students and begin searching for an innovative, enthusiastic person to fill that position in 2020.

And we did not let a global pandemic squash that dream! In August of 2020, our new Associate Minister, Val Fisk, moved to Charlottesville to join the UBC family. Val and the rest of the UBC staff are using this time during COVID-19 distancing to continue striving toward the dream that began with the Task Force more than two years ago. Although some of our longstanding traditions like our “Welcome to UVA Students” luncheon each September and our graduate recognition service each May are on hold until we can gather safely, we are finding creative ways to connect with one another in the meantime! Our goal for UniBap Student Ministry is to provide university students with opportunities for study, service, spiritual growth, and fellowship, all year round. 

Sunday Mornings

UBC welcomes all college students in the Charlottesville area to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. During the current pandemic measures, students are encouraged to join us on Sunday mornings for Bible study via Zoom at 9:40am. Details for Bible study can be found under the Worship tab of our website.

2015-04-12_College-Sunday-4269Student Luncheons

We periodically provide a free lunch after worship on Sundays, as an opportunity for you to get to know other students and families in our congregation.


Jubilate is our church’s auditioned choir for university students. This group performs on the grounds at the university, in our Sunday morning worship services, and in churches throughout Virginia.  Each year during Spring break, Jubilate takes a major concert tour and in previous years has traveled to Boston, New York, St. Louis, Orlando, Indianapolis, and Colorado. On one well-remembered trip, Jubilate traveled to New Orleans and helped rehab houses damaged during Hurricane Katrina.  For more information on Jubilate, click here.

Sunday Morning Transportation for Students to UBC

UBC is located on The Corner and is readily accessible by walking for many.  Public transportation is available through Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT), on the free Trolley or on the Route 7 bus (free with UVa identification). Schedules can be found at www.charlottesvilletransit.org.  We do provide transportation to and from the church on Sunday mornings upon request. To request transportation, please contact the church office at 293-5106 or office@universitybaptist.org to arrange for pick-up at 9:30 a.m. (for 9:45 Bible study) or 10:40 a.m. (for 11:00 worship).