Our story

Begun in 1926 directly across the street from the University of Miami, our church was born as a dream that would unite this city and the world under the grace of a loving God. A resilient group of people faithfully pursued this life with eternal meaning and impact. After a devastating hurricane in 1926, we rebuilt. Our people have been growing stronger ever since.

“The future beckons us to build a great church…making North and South America one…Our future is as bright as the promise of God.” – William Russell Owen, University Baptist Church Pastor

It's about people

Our hearts beat for the nations because we are the nations.  We serve across the globe – caring for people with HIV AIDS, educating the illiterate, clothing and feeding the under-resourced, building churches schools and medical facilities, funding orphanages, delivering children out of prostitution, providing disaster relief, bringing the Gospel to unreached and hostile areas of the world.

We are a diverse community of imperfect people seeking out the perfect God. The God who is within reach. We are followers of His Son, Jesus Christ, and want our lives to have an eternal influence on our families, in Miami, and the world. We welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey and hope to develop real relationships that last. We want to be marked by God’s love and distinctive work in each of our lives.

Our Beliefs

God
God is the perfect Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed as Father, the Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1,26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit makes us aware of our need for God’s salvation through Jesus’ death. The Holy Spirit provides the Christ-follower with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We daily seek to live under the Holy Spirit’s guidance. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25
Jesus Christ
Jesus (a.k.a. “Y’shua,” which means “God is our Salvation”) is both fully human and fully God. Jesus’ sinless human life, execution, and death on a cross combine to form the perfect sacrifice for the sins of every person. Jesus arose from the dead (a.k.a “resurrection”) after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
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Our Values

People

We help people find and follow Christ.

You’re never too far or too close to take your next step with God.

Community

We do life together.

We celebrate on the good days and show up on the bad.

Generosity

We share our blessings.

Generosity isn’t something we do. Being generous is who we are.

Missions

We are driven to serve a world in need.

Our hearts beat for every neighbor and nation.

Excellence

We aim for the exceptional, knowing it's not optional.

It's what we bring after we do our best that makes the difference.

Passion

We live and breathe by God's call on our lives

God can do immeasurably more than we can ask, think, or imagine.

Humility

We are imperfect people serving a perfect God.

It’s not about thinking less of ourselves, but thinking
of ourselves less.

Sacrifice

We give up things we love for things we love
even more.

We are honored to sacrifice for Christ and his Church.

Diversity

We reflect the
Kingdom of God.

Everyone’s invited into our church family.

Joy

We light up the room.

There’s no greater joy than serving Christ with people we love.