Yale Divinity School’s Baptist students, in all their geographic and denominational diversity, thrive on the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. Many Baptist groups are represented at YDS, including American Baptist Churches USA, United Free Will Baptist Church, The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Southern Baptist Convention. Academically, a course in Baptist polity and history is offered each fall semester.

The course, appropriate for all Baptist students, is designed for ordination-bound Master of Divinity students in their third year and is taught by a representative of the American Baptist Churches. Several members of the faculty and administration who are Baptists offer guidance for students in the processes of ordination and vocational discernment. The Baptist Student Fellowship is a social, educational, and support group for students. Churches in the greater New Haven area represent the diversity of Baptist denominations present among Yale Divinity School students. These churches provide opportunities for worship, service, fellowship, and training.

“I was sharpened by both the students who sat next to me in class and the professor whose knowledge and love of her particular area spilled into the classroom....You will stretch and grow as much as you allow yourself to hear and experience that which is foreign to you.” -Debra McLeod Sears ’09 M.Div., Baptist