The Baptist Student Fellowship, University of Ibadan (BSFUI) was founded in the year 1958 through the efforts of Miss Mary Frank Kirkpatrick, a Baptist missionary from the Southern Baptist Convention of the United States of America.  Being the first campus based BSF in Nigeria, and UI, being the first university in Nigeria, BSFUI is referred to as the “Premier BSF in Premier University”. BSFUI was formally launched in 1960 and the constitution was adopted in 1965.

The programme of activities of BSFUI in those early years are basically camp meetings (in places like Camp Young, Ede), bible studies, seminars, choir outreaches to secondary schools within and outside Ibadan city. As the outreach work among students progressed in the 60’s, a building was obtained near the Baptist bookstore designated as the Baptist Student Centre. The building was equipped with facilities for games and secondary school students went there to play games during breaktime and after school hours.

  • To bring students on the campus together to the saving knowledge of Christ, to fellowship and to grow unto spiritual maturity under the lordship of Christ.
  • To propagate the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to all and sundry.
  • To ensure good relationship with local baptist churches and campus-based baptist fellowships.
  • To produce students that will be good, credible and vibrant leaders in the society.
  • The God Head: The Godhead(Trinity) consists of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, these three distinct personalities are perfectly united in one (Mat. 3:16-17, 1 John 5:7)
  • The Holy Bible: The Holy Bible consists of a total of sixty-six(66) books, thirty-nine (39) in the Old Testament and twenty-seven (27) in the New Testament. Sixth (6th) and seventh (7th) book of Moses, Apocrypha or any other book are not included in the Bible (I Tim 4:13, II Tim. 3:15-16).
  • Salvation by Faith: Salvation is only by GRACE through FAITH in Jesus Christ (John 3:16, Eph. 2:8). The Bible clearly states that backsliding is possible, hence we do not accept the doctrine of "eternal security" (Matt. 10:32-33, Heb 10:26-27, Rom. 11:22). The basic steps to salvation are:
    • Repentance from sin (Luke 13:5)
    • Confession of Faith in Christ Jesus (Rom. 10:11)
    We believe in the Bible corollaries of Salvation namely: Holiness, Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification (Heb. 12:14, Rom. 5:1, 8:30, 1 Cor. 1:2).
  • Restitution: This is the act of correcting past misdeeds in relation with our fellow men especially with regards to unjust acquisition of money and materials. It is subject to the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit (Luke 19:8, Acts 24:16).
  • Water baptism and the Lord's supper: These are foremost ordinances of the Church. The Lord Jesus Christ taught Baptism by immersion in water (Matt. 3:15). He also commanded the church to observe the Lord's supper (Luke 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-26)
  • Holy Ghost Baptism: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for all born again children of God "as many as our Lord will call" (Acts 2:39). It is evidenced by speaking in tongues as the spirit gives utterance. (Acts 2:1-4, 10:44-46). There are also various gifts and manifestation of this same spirit (I Cor. 12:4-11, Eph. 4:11); and the fruit thereof are listed in Gal. 5:22-23.