About ABU

Church Relatedness Statement

Our Mission  I  Church Relatedness Statement  I  Learning Outcomes  I  Vision Statement

As a faith-based learning community, Alderson Broaddus University affirms and proclaims that the source, reality, meaning, and purpose of human existence are shaped by the goodness, power, oneness, and faithfulness of the Sovereign God, disclosed and incarnate in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and attested to by the biblical revelation given by the Holy Spirit through human witness.  As a church-related institution of higher education, we fulfill our educational mission through dependence on, trust in, and responsive commitment to that Sovereign God.

We believe in the unity of God's ultimate truth, and we value the integration of faith and reason in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding in all areas of life.  We believe that every human being is created in the image of God and possesses the ability to learn and grow both spiritually and intellectually.  Our goal, therefore, is to cultivate sound reasoning and critical thinking through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts, including biblical studies, and to empower persons with the skills to better serve God and humanity.

Alderson Broaddus University seeks to provide a caring community, reflective of the diversity present in society and in the body of Christ, but united in mutual respect and understanding.  We embrace Christian values, including moral integrity, service, trust, justice, and compassion, among others.  Within a nurturing environment, we seek to support and empower all members of our community to explore and carry out these values.

Alderson Broaddus University affirms our commitment to our historical and continuing place within the Church of Jesus Christ, as it is embodied in the West Virginia Baptist Convention and American Baptist Churches/USA.  Within this commitment, we support religious freedom and respect for various expressions of faith and celebrate the Church's racial, cultural, and theological diversity.  We value the interdependence and mutual accountability between churches and the College.  We affirm our openness to being educated by the Church as well as our responsibility to educate and equip the Church to join us in responding to the biblical call to renewal and to the need for a vital witness in society.  Through such a relationship, we are able to cooperatively fulfill our shared responsibilities for ministry and mission.