In 1966, Bloomington Baptist Church, the first Southern Baptist Church in town, felt called to start a fledgling congregation to serve the university community. They met in various location near campus until moving into First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of 6th & Lincoln - which was home to UBC for the next 20 years.
In those early years, UBC bought the 5 acres of property on East Third Street. They began to save and dream of the day when they would build their own meeting place. Ground was broken in the spring of 1992 and UBC was finally in her own building a few months later.
In just a few months, that dream of forty years ago will be fulfilled as we pay off our mortgage. How grateful we are for the vision and faithfulness of so many who served here over the years.
In the years between, our connection with Southern Baptists has ended and we give to global mission projects through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We ordain women to preach and pastor. We are eager for respectful dialogue and friendship with people of other faiths. We welcome the faithful participation of people from all walks of life, convinced that when we love each other best we please God most.
UBC Alumni ~ We Need Your News . . .
to build the alumni page to our website. Any pictures, news or other information you'd like to share is welcome. Our 50th anniversary is not too far away and we are excited to invite as many UBC'ers as possible to the celebration!
Thank You Ron Liesmann . . .
former pastor of UBC, for identifying the man in the picture. Ron writes, "He is Donald Johnston, a charter member of the church. He was an engineer working for IU. He was in charge of all the electrical contracting done on Assembly Hall and the Musical Arts Center. He gave me a personal tour while they were under construction. With his wife, Roberta, the McKinnises, and graduate students, they kept alive the vision for UBC and Christ in Bloomington during very hard times in the late 60's and early 70's. They sacrificed in unbelievable ways to keep the church going. He is looking at plans for buildings (s!) on the church property on East Third Street. Don died many years ago in Terre Haute. Roberta has remarried and is living in Kentucky."