Welcome to Baptist Collegiate Ministry at William & Mary!

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About BCM

Mission Statement

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) is a vibrant community at the College of William & Mary. Since 1926, we seek to passionately worship God, live in authentic Christian community, serve global needs with the compassion of Christ, and explore servant-leadership to offer lifelong service throughout the world.

Celebrated 90 years of ministry at the College in 2016!

We have a rich history that we like to share. Explore each of the eras of Baptist Collegiate Minstry at William & Mary!

1926 - 1945

1945 - 1953

1953 - 1967

1967 - 1983

1983 - 2005

2005 - 2016

News and Events

We send out an email every week to BCMers to ensure that they are informed. Catch events that are coming soon as well as updates that did not reach program announcements in time here. If you would like to view the most recent newsletter, click here.

Constitution

BCM's Constitution discusses the purpose, name, membership, leadership, meetings, budget, and by-laws. If you would like to read William and Mary BCM's constitution, click here.

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Participate

BCM Activites

Weekly Gatherings

All of BCM gathers on Sunday evenings at 5pm for a home-cooked dinner provided by local churches, followed by a student-led time of singing and drama, Bible study, guest speakers, and worship at 6pm. All friends are welcome. After the gathering, hang out as long as you want to make new ones!

Family Groups

Family Groups are student-led small group Bible studies that meet throughout the week. For more information, see the family group section.

CT Meetings

If you want to contribute to how BCM conducts gatherings and outreach, join us in open CT meetings bi-weekly after gatherings. To learn more about CT and how to become an official member, check out the Coordination Team section.

Worship Team

Worship Team meets on Thursdays at 7:30pm at the BCM House. Contact Will McElrath if interested.

IM Sports

BCM annually participates in many IM sports. Past teams have included softball, outdoor soccer, flag football, and volleyball, but if you can find the people to play we're open to participating in pretty much any sport. If there are enough people, we tend to split into multiple teams or gender specific groups.

Fall Gathering

Every fall, BCM goes to Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg for a time of relaxation and spiritual development. Bond with God and friends! Here is a past pamphlet for Fall Gathering.

Eastover

Every spring, BCM crosses the river to a retreat site. Here is a past pamphlet for Eastover.

Family Groups

Family Groups are our way of developing Christian community at W&M. We gather weekly in smaller groups to inspire deeper devotion to Christ's teachings, prayer, and fun... basically sharing life together.

Find it in the Footnotes

With Kathryn Eckler and Hannah Almond on Mondays at 5:30pm.

Join Find It In The Footnotes for a scripture filled time of fellowship and study! Each week we will gather to read and meditate over scripture, ranging from the Old to the New Testament. Please join us!

The JAM Sesh

With Ren Coppage and Aaron Groves on Tuesdays at 7:00pm.

(JAM = Jesus and Music)
From David's psalms to your church's hymnal to radio hits, join us as we search for deeper meaning in scripture and lyric.

Freshman Family Group

With Sarah Kyle and Joe Maniaci on Thursday at 5:00pm.

Freshmen Family Group is specifically for freshmen and focuses on the intersection of faith and the freshman experience in college. We will cover many topics, but will primarily look at how to live the gospel in a society that is not always receptive of it. We encourage an open discussion, so bring your questions!

Find it in the Facts

With Allison Bowers and Holly Funkhouser on Thursdays at 5:30pm.

Finding Faith in the Facts will be exploring tough scientific topics throughout the year as we try to find faith in the facts. We don’t have all the answers, but we hope you’ll join us on our journey to find them!

Heartbeat

With Zach Cuba and Hannah Strouth on Thursdays at 5:30pm.

Heartbeat comes from the idea that as you get to know someone, you get to know their heart and how it beats. So, as we get to know God, we learn how His heart beats. As we grow closer to Him, our own hearts begin to beat along with His and we can, in turn, show the world who God is through ourselves. We'll be digging deep this year to look at attributes of God and how we can make His character known to the world. We can't wait to see you!

Burning Bush

With Ben Wade and Gabriela Montesdeoca on Fridays at 4:30pm.

Burning Bushes is a Family Group focused on exploring how conversation and communication with God work.

Mission Opportunities

Current Missions

BCM regularly takes team mission trips during winter break, spring break, or in May between final examinations and Memorial Day. More information will be availible regarding the trips closer to those dates.

Past Missions

May 16-31, 2017 - Nagaland, India: Working in Zeko's home village, his primary school, and with those rescued from human trafficking at Miqlat Ministry in Dimapur.

January 1-8, 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA: Raking in the Holy Spirit and sheet rocking your world.

May 2016, 2014, and 2013 - Ghana 5/16, Ghana 5/14, & Ghana 5/13: BCMers shared the good news and distributed mosquito nets in villages of NE Ghana, beginning in Yendi.

Jan. 2016 - Puerto Rico & SC: BCMers brought disaster relief to flood victims in South Carolina and construction and ministry to Puerto Rico's homeless.

Jan. 2015 - Atlanta: BCMers brought food, prayers, and hugs to Atlanta's homeless with 7 Bridges to Recovery.

Jan. 2014 - Nashville: BCMers served at the Nashville Rescue Mission Second Harvest Food Bank and Nashville Cares.

Jan. 2013 - Panama: BCMers worked in a town to provide a VBS experience for a local church.

Jan. 2011, 2012, and 2013 - Haiti: BCMers worked in the Delmas 19 suburb of Port-Au-Prince building three houses for families who lost homes in the earthquake and visiting an orphanage.

Jan. 2010 - Costa Rica: BCMers served with Mark Grumbles and Herbert Soto, in Jicaral, Costa Rica, helping them to start a church by holding Bible camps and meetings where they told 15 Bible stories in chronological order.

Mar. 2009 - New York City: BCMers worked with Graffiti: East Seventh Street Ministry, in NYC. During their week there they helped with the youth group, ESL classes, administration, and did some street ministry.

Jan. 2009 - Jamaica: In Jamaica, BCMers worked with the missionaries at Nutshell Camp and Conference Center holding a soccer camp, visiting a nursing home and a girl's home, and doing construction around the camp.

Jan. 2008 - Slidell, LA
Jan. 2007 - Port Sulfur, LA
Jan. 2006 - Slidell, LA
Jan. 2005 - Bahamas

Local Churches and Organizations

Local Churches

We are thankful to the nearby churches who continually support BCM and our ministries. Here are some of these beautiful communities ordered in proximity. Click on a picture to learn more about them.

Williamsburg Baptist Church

Walnut Hills Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

Grace Baptist Church

James City Community Church

New Zion Baptist Church

James River Baptist Church

Affiliated Organizations

Baptist Collegiate Ministries across Virginia collaborate for exceptional leadership, retreat, and mission experiences. "Kairos" is the Greek word for "season" or "right time." Now, as a young adult, age 18-25, is the perfect season to discover ultimate meaning in following Christ.

The home for our VA Baptist churches. The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches internationally.

This is the site for the Peninsula Baptist Association of churches in the Hampton Roads area. Many of these churches bring meals to our BCM on Sunday evenings at 5pm.

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Contact

Whereabouts

Coordination Team

Coordination Team is the group that seeks God's direction for BCM, plans Sunday night gatherings and various events, and leads in execution of those plans. They meet bi-weekly on Sunday nights. These meetings are open to anyone curious about servant leadership in BCM. Click on someone's photo to send them an email.

Jesse Tanson

Emily Butterworth

Clay Moughon

Carley Toney

Doug Breton

Heather Bryum

Jeffrey Buffkin

Anna Rader

CT Applications

Apply for CT if you want to take part in servant leadership!

The CT application is available in Microsoft Word .docx format here. Although your responses to each question do not need to be lengthy, do not feel that you need to fit all of your responses onto the single page provided. Please email your completed application to Jeffrey. If you have any trouble accessing the document or understanding it, please let Jeffrey know.

Social Networks

Liking and following our page on Facebook will allow you to catch updates on the latest activity as well as have access to all the media we post.

Check out videos that BCMers have made!

Signing up for Remind lets us send brief notices to indicate small details about an activty about to happen.

Although currently inactive, feel free to throw a follow our way in case we find Twitter relevant again.

Shoot us an email if you have any questions about BCM. You can also subscribe to see weekly announcements.

Call BCM if you have any questions. (7572293471)

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Giving

On Donating

Annually, our ministires include outreach events, hospitality, resources for spiritual growth, guest speakers, and retreats for students at the College. Among our most important and costly are the cross cultural service opportunities we provide. They stretch the faith and worldview of our students in ways campus based activities cannot, and can even satisfy the College's curriculum requirements for international travel. Our students do various (often wacky) fund raisers all year long to afford these experiences, but they rarely meet all our needs. God provides for all BCM's needs through the generosity of alumni, churches, students and their families, and friends. Thank you for prayerfully considering a donation.

Ways to Donate

Donate Securely Online: Click the button below. When completing your donation, please indicate what BCM cause has inspired your gift. Your donation is tax deductible and will be receipted.

Donate by Mail: If you would rather not donate electronically, make your check payable to "BCM" and mail it to BCM, P.O. Drawer JB, Williamsburg, VA 23187. Indicate what BCM cause has inspired your gift on a separate piece of paper. Your donation is tax deductible and will be receipted.

Donate to secure BCM's future: Our alumni raise support for BCM staffing and larger capital purchases for BCM. They also established an endowment in 1997 to prepare for the potential waning of denominational support. As we celebrate BCM's 90th anniversary in 2016, we are envisioning a 100th anniversary when BCM is fiancially sustained solely by the donations of alumni, students, their families, and friends. Learn more and give securely at the website of our BCM Alumni Association.