Our Purpose

Reaching and discipling students to be missionaries wherever they are. We accomplish this goal through one-on-one discipleship, small group Bible studies, a free lunch, and midweek worship.

How we are here

BCM, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, is a ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.  We are supported three ways:


  • We are supported through the gifts of the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Every Southern Baptist Church has a part in the ministry to students at UCO.
  • We are supported directly by local Southern Baptist Churches.
  • We are supported by personal gifts and donations from Alumni and Friends of UCO BCM.

We are a fully recognized student organization on campus and strive to be a good member of the on-campus community.


For a more complete set of beliefs click this link: Baptist Faith and Message


Our History

The BCM at UCO was called the Baptist Student Union for many years. Our story is a story of faith and prayer.

In 1932 the people and pastor of FBC Edmond felt like a special ministry was needed for the students at Central State College. The BCM began as a group of students meeting at the parsonage home of Dr. E. M. Ramey. They soon moved to meeting in a classroom on campus. In 1946 a two story white house was purchased on the corner of what was then College and Main. In 1956 the lot next to the house was purchased. In 1958 a center was constructed for campus ministry. Ada Ingram, Gene McBride, and John Burns were campus ministers who gave direction to the student run organization. When the property was purchased it was surrounded by other houses. As the University obtained land the BCM Center was left an island of private property surrounded by the university. In 1984 a larger kitchen and a worship area were added onto the existing center.

In 1979, Dr. Charles Lillard came to the BSU to assume the role of Director. He retired after 32 years on August 1, 2012. He served previously at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and the University of Tulsa. He retired after 41 years of collegiate ministry.

In June 2012 Chad Coleman came to UCO to serve as the director from the Tulsa Community College BCM after having served as the director there for 6 years.

University of Central Oklahoma Baptist Collegiate Ministry