Our Mission

To provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students’ lives.

Our Vision

To produce exceptional graduates prepared to competently engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.

Our Core Values

As a part of our guiding principles, Williams prioritizes the following Core Values for its students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. 

Christ-Centered Focus
The foundation of Williams Baptist University is the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9-10), the Incarnate Son and Word of God, and the Divine Creator and Savior of the world.  We aspire to be a Christ-centered institution of higher education in character, conduct, and academic pursuits. This aspiration calls for faculty, staff, and students to integrate the Christian faith in all aspects of the University.  The lordship of Christ is the center of all things related to the University (Colossians 1:15-20) and is the basis from which we form our Christian worldview. We believe this biblical commitment is essential for the preparation of students to engage local and global cultures.

Academic Excellence
We dedicate ourselves to provide an excellent, holistically Christ-centered education that develops students’ abilities to think Christianly, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills that enable students to become effective leaders (Colossians 3:17). We are committed to offer and assess programs in the areas of liberal arts and professional studies. The faculty, staff, and administration promote an environment of lifelong learning for a diverse, traditional, and non-traditional student body.  

Spiritual Formation
Spiritual formation consists of developing a sound mind and body for service in the kingdom of God. In our endeavor to produce exceptional graduates, our students are afforded the opportunity to gain a foundation of right knowing, right doing, and right motivation (Romans 12:1-2).  Believing that all truth is from God, we provide students with the opportunity to study the Bible and to integrate their faith within their course of study and life. As an expression of spiritual formation, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to embrace healthy lifestyles that promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Nurturing Community
We value a nurturing community built upon loving and serving God (Mark 12:29-31).  Faculty, staff, and administration foster relationships with students, creating a nurturing university community where persons relate to one another in compassion and mercy (Colossians 3:12-15). The basis for human dignity is the image of God, which is present and affirmed for all persons. Jesus Christ is the perfect image of God, and the result of the process of salvation is becoming fully like Christ. WBU is committed to the commandment to love others as ourselves and endeavors to value and relate to all persons. We encourage campus involvement, health and wellness initiatives, and strategic decisions that benefit students in achieving our common purpose and an enhanced quality of life.  Community includes stewardship of an aesthetically-pleasing campus through efficient allocation of resources and care of facilities.

Servant Leadership
We aim to create an atmosphere that encourages students to serve others as Christ served (Philippians 2:5-11). By creating avenues for students to experience and practice servant leadership, Williams prepares its students to engage local and global cultures through compassion, humility, and service.  Following the example of Christ, servant leaders sacrifice personal advancement and advantage for the good and well-being of others. We desire to compassionately develop a generation of servant leaders who will be agents of reconciliation in a sinful, hurting, and broken world.

University Overview

Williams Baptist University is a leading four-year Christian liberal arts institution. Situated on a 200-acre campus in northeast Arkansas, WBU offers students a learning experience that will guide them to launch a life with purpose.

With more than 25 majors, pre-professional programs and graduate degrees, WBU prepares students for a wide array of career options. WBU is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

WBU has a total enrollment of about 600 students, with most residing on-campus. The student-teacher ratio of 14:1 enables us to deliver personalized instruction in a warm, Christ-centered environment.

The university is owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

The History of WBU

Williams was founded as Southern Baptist College in 1941 by Dr. H.E. Williams. Classes were first held in Pocahontas, Ark., but in 1947 the campus was relocated to a nearby former World War II military base at Walnut Ridge, which has been the university’s home ever since.

In the beginning, Williams operated as a two-year college but moved to four-year status in 1984. The name was changed to Williams Baptist College, in honor of its founder, in 1991.

In 2018, to reflect its growth and expansion into graduate degree programs, the institution became Williams Baptist University.

To provide opportunities to profess, practice, and strengthen one’s faith and to encounter Biblical values.

To provide a caring campus community with opportunities for service to others, leadership preparation, and wholesome recreation.

To provide and assess programs of liberal arts, professional studies, and lifelong learning for a diversified traditional and non-traditional student body.

To provide an organization responsive to the needs of students, personnel, programs, and facilities, with a commitment to planning and leadership.

To provide an aesthetically pleasing campus glorifying to God’s creation.

To provide and execute a plan which secures adequate resources to sustain and advance the institution.

To provide a positive image of the quality programs, faculty, students, staff, and graduates of the College.

To provide serviceable facilities which sustain the mission of the College

To provide a technologically sophisticated infrastructure which supports academic, student, and administrative services.

To provide cultural experiences, thought provoking events, and educational enrichment for the campus community and the community at large.

To provide a healthy athletic atmosphere which engages the team members, the campus community, and the community at large.

To provide desirable housing for students and faculty.

To produce students who demonstrate an understanding of the Judeo-Christian heritage and Christian world view.

To produce students who demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively across the curriculum.

To produce students who demonstrate the ability to reflect critically upon the environment, society, and self.

To produce students who demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to become more effective problem solvers.

To produce students who demonstrate an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle that will promote lifelong health and fitness.

To produce students who demonstrate a competence in at least one particular body of knowledge.