Make friends, grow in your faith, impact UT Arlington

Baptist Student Ministry is a welcoming and diverse Christian fellowship in the heart of UT Arlington.  Want to make authentic friends, get closer to God, and make a difference at UTA? We’ve got a place for you!  Our “home” is the BSM building on the UTA campus where we have activities every week.

BSM exists to encourage UT Arlington students to become lifelong followers of Jesus.  Our mission is to equip students to reach our campus and the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We value learning God’s word, the Bible, and applying it to our lives. We want to help you build meaningful friendships and get involved in a local church.

Tuesdays 8pm at ut arlington

Summer Vertical begins June 5 at the BSM building.
Fall Vertical begins August 28 in Rosebud Theater

  • Powerful worship music 
  • A relevant Bible message  
  • Testimonies from fellow students 
  •  Small groups for discussion afterward


Take the first step or next step in your relationship with God!


We are easy to find

The Baptist Student Ministry is conveniently located on the UTA campus at 414 S. West Street. We’re the brick building directly across the street from the University Center (Starbucks and Mav Express), and next door to the Tri-C Building. Our building is open Monday-Friday. You can come to meet friends, study, play pool, ping pong, or foosball. Please join us at any and all of our regularly scheduled events

Gary & Teresa Stidham

Director & Financial Assistant

Gary has served as Director of the BSM since 2003. Gary’s wife, Teresa, is the BSM financial assistant.   Together they have two sons, Joshua and Benjamin. Gary & Teresa are graduates of Angelo State University and Gary is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary.

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Putti Benner

Associate Director

Putti is a 2012 graduate of UT Arlington and has served at BSM ever since.  She's also a graduate of Southwestern Seminary. Putti's husband, Reid, is an engineer in Fort Worth. Putti loves to mentor young women and teach others to share their faith. 

Jaclyn Sugg and
Keith Beanland

Assistant Directors

Jaclyn is a 2015 UT Arlington graduate. She grew up in Cedar Hill and has served on BSM staff for 3 years. Keith is from Santa Fe, Texas and is a gradate of Texas A&M university. He served on the A&M BSM staff and lived in Asia for two years. 

Ben Muir

Associate Director

Ben is a 2012 UT Arlington grad. After working for 4 years in the business world Ben joined the BSM staff in 2016. Ben is married to Shauna and they have three children: Jason, Sadie, and Adeline. Ben is a gifted worship leader and mentor to BSM men. 

BSM interns

Maggie Hartman, Kyle Duncan, and Stephanie Hartman are May 2018 UTA graduates. Maggie and Kyle are from Arlington; Stephanie is from Euless. They will serve during the 2018-19 school year at UTA and TCC mentoring younger students and leading minsitry efforts.