Baptist Student Ministry

Mission Statement

The HSU Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) exists to minister to the spiritual needs of the students of Hardin-Simmons University and to equip those students for ministry in their daily lives. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of discipleship where students can deepen their relationship with Christ in the context of community with the hope that all HSU students might have a fully developed relationship with Jesus Christ. We seek to become the primary catalyst for the campus to be involved in God’s work in Abilene and around the world. We are called to love, serve, and to walk alongside students during their time at HSU. Students from all denominations and faiths are welcome in the BSM and are welcome to attend any BSM events.

BSM is a ministry of Texas Baptist Churches that encourages students to follow Christ and transform the world.

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Baptist Student Ministry director at HSU, Tanner Clarke.Contact BSM
Tanner Clarke, BSM Director
phone: 325-670-1256

BSM Office
Phone: 325-670-1255


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Howdy Party
Our first event of the semester is the BSM Howdy Party. This event usually takes place on the first Tuesday evening of the fall semester and is located on the Anderson Lawn. This is a great chance to meet people who are involved in our ministry teams and sign up for more information on the various activities hosted by your HSU BSM.

Free Noon Meal

During the fall semester, the BSM provides a free lunch each Wednesday at noon. The meal is provided by local churches and various HSU departments. Everyone is invited!

Night of Worship
Join us the first Tuesday night of every month at 7 p.m. for a night to focus on worship. This is a campus-wide worship service held in Logsdon Chapel. Come early at 6:30 p.m. for pancakes. We would love to have you!

Cowboy Kids Christmas Party

This event is put on each year by our student leaders. We invite elementary students from local schools in Abilene to campus for movies, crafts, Christmas gifts and dinner where they are hosted for the afternoon by HSU students. We are always needing student volunteers to host a student. If you are interested, please fill out the above volunteer form and indicate that you’d like to help with Cowboy Kids Christmas.

Every Wednesday at 9 p.m., we gather together for a time of looking at the Bible and discussing it in a group setting. Reach is meant to be a safe space for skeptics and those who want to ask honest questions about Christianity. This event has some elements of a worship service and other elements that are more focused on open discussion. Anyone is welcome to come and interact about these topics together.

Fish Food
This is our Freshman Bible Study and main way for you to get connected with BSM your first semester on campus. Fish Food meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the BSM (Connally Mission Center). It is led by a team of upperclassmen who love helping Freshman on their journey through their first semester. You do not need to sign-up and you can come any week you are able.

The BSM is made up of ministry teams, each led by students, with their own ministry focus.

International Student Ministry – Connects with international students on campus, showing them Christ’s love while helping them with their unique challenges on campus.

Community & Church Engagement – The main connection on campus to what God is already doing in our community. This group is building up the structures for the BSM to be the main hub for connecting students with local ministry opportunities and churches.

Small Groups – This team leads our Women’s Ministry, Woven, and our Men’s Ministry, Broven. They also give direction to a culture of discipleship on campus.

Prayer Ministry – Over church history, many prayer movements have begun with college students praying. We want to create a culture of prayer on the HSU campus.

Global Connections – Connects campus with what God is doing around the world to accomplish the Great Commission. This team leads in casting vision for student involvement in missions by praying, giving, or going.

Freshman Ministry – This team is led by upperclassmen who have a heart to mentor and disciple first-year students. They also lead our Freshman Bible Study, Fish Food.

Campus Outreach & Evangelism – Equips students for evangelism and campus outreach. Works to share the Gospel in love with a wide-variety of students on campus.

Through our Ministry Teams, the BSM serves the community by doing several local missions projects as well as campus outreach projects throughout each semester. This includes a Fall Break Mission Trip and Spring Break Mission Trip every year.

The BSM offers students many opportunities to serve, pray, or give toward student missions. Texas Baptist student missions helps teach, equip, and send university students all over the world to reach people for Christ. Opportunities include Christmas break projects, 10-week summer missions, two week impact teams, study abroad missions, as well as semester positions. Whatever it takes . . . BSM student missions is here to help you be in on what God is doing.

Applications for summer missions are available in the BSM office. Stop by for more information.

For more information about summer missions refer to the website

Interns are a vital part of the ongoing ministry of the BSM. Our student interns are the face of the BSM to our campus. Interns serve in a variety of roles. They are responsible for meeting with members of the BSM Leadership team and providing discipleship and ministry direction. They each organize specific ministries within the BSM. Our goal is to offer student interns on-the-ground ministry experience in order to help shape them into ministry leaders.

Kamri Hickerson

Kamri is a junior Biology major with double minors in Psychology and Spanish. Her hometown is Longview, Texas. She currently serves as the leader of the BSM’s freshmen ministry team. This is her first year working as a BSM intern.

Brandon Miller

Brandon is a junior Biology major with a minor in Exercise Science. He grew up right here in Abilene. This is his first year as a BSM intern. He currently leads the BSM’s Campus Outreach and Evangelism team.