The Baptist House of Studies offers opportunities for students to interact in the rich ecosystem of CBFVA churches while growing in a diverse community on campus.



The Baptist House of Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary was created in collaboration with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (CBFVA) and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global to offer high quality theological education to Baptist students in a residential setting on UPSem’s Richmond campus. In addition, students working toward a Master of Divinity can earn a concentration in Baptist Studies by completing the following courses offered on the Richmond campus: Baptist Theology, Baptist History, Baptist Polity, and an internship in a Baptist setting.

Rev. Alice Cates Clark
Associate Pastor for Youth and Community Engagement
Derbyshire Baptist Church
Rev. Laura Davis, ex officio
Associate Coordinator
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia
Rev. Val Fisk
Associate Minister for Students
University Baptist Church, Charlottesville
Dr. Ken McFayden, ex officio
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Rev. Alan Miller
Senior Pastor
Orange Baptist Church
Dr. Noel Schoonmaker, Senior
Senior Pastor
Second Baptist Church, Richmond
Rev. Mark Snipes, ex officio
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia
Dr. Jim Somerville, ex officio
Senior Pastor
Richmond's First Baptist Church
Michelle J. Walker, ex officio
Vice President for Community Life and Dean of Students
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Rev. Diana Farrell White
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Radford
Dr. Art Wright (Chair)
Senior Pastor
Williamsburg Baptist Church
Kristi Yeatman
Union Presbyterian Seminary

Susan Blanchard

Director of the Baptist House of Studies/Director of Student Services

In 2021, Rev. Susan Blanchard accepted the call to become the first Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. In this role, Susan supports students as they navigate campus life, pursue a Concentration in Baptist Studies, and engage in field placement in Baptist contexts.

Susan is an ordained Baptist minister who has long been called to minister to students in institutes of higher education. A significant part of her call has been to nurture students as they embrace their own calls to ministry.

Previously Susan served as registrar and director of financial aid, student services manager, and an adjunct faculty member at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond. Prior to BTSR, she was Baptist campus minister at the University of Mary Washington.

• Union Theological Seminary at Richmond, M.Div.
• Presbyterian School of Christian Education, M.A.C.E.
• Radford University, B.S.


Susan Blanchard
Campus: Richmond
Department: Community Life

Financial Resources

Baptist Scholarships

EverBless Foundation
Previously known as the Virginia Baptist Foundation. Hundreds of students are awarded thousands in annual scholarship money each year. Learn More »
Baptist General Association of Virginia Ministerial Education Fund
Scholarships and ministerial education funds available for eligible students. Learn More »
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Scholarship
A Christian network of individuals and churches working together to spread the hope of Christ. Learn More »

Financial Aid

All full-time master's students who apply by the deadline are eligible to receive full tuition in the form of financial aid.


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