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.