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. There's everything from big events with over 200 people, to small groups, and 1-on-1 mentoring - a place just right for you! 

Tuesdays 8pm
Rosebud Theater
UTA University Center

  • Powerful worship music

  • Relevant Bible message

  • Testimonies from fellow students

  • Small groups for community & discussion

  • Fall Vertical begins August 27

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 teenage sons, Joshua and Benjamin. Gary & Teresa are graduates of Angelo State University and Gary is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary.

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Jaclyn Sugg, 
Keith Beanland, maggie hartman, Nichole Dumas

Assistant Directors

Jaclyn is a 2015 UT Arlington graduate. She grew up in Cedar Hill and has served on BSM staff for 4 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. Maggie is a 2018 UTA graduate. Nichole is a 2015 UTA graduate and taught public school for four years before joining the team.

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 and her daughter, Amelia, was born in the summer of 2019. Putti loves to mentor young women and teach others to share their faith. 

BSM interns

Brittany Priest is a May 2019 UTA graduate, and Laura Tudor graduated from the University of North Texas. They will serve during the 2019-20 school year at UTA and TCC mentoring younger students and leading ministry efforts.  

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 Student Leaders Team

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An amazing team of student leaders make BSM and Vertical possible! These men and women lead Bible studies, mentor younger students, and run events. Prayerfully consider serving on the BSM Student Lead Team!