The Center for Faith & Leadership

We believe that intentional friendships rooted in the witness of Jesus and the power of his resurrection can transform a university, a city and a generation.


Life is about more than our individual calling or brand. It’s meant to be explored in community with others and in alignment with an attitude of prayer and worship in all we do.


Because faith is often caught, not taught; we create space for hospitality, recreation and relationship where it’s okay to ask questions and to wrestle with the deeper truth. We’re a place to call home, a creative center for entrepreneurship and the arts; and a sacred center for still and quiet.


At The Center, we’re reaching out. We value collaboration over competition seeking unity among followers of Jesus and promoting a greater understanding of what that means for everybody.

Our History

IMG_0338The Center is a living room for Fredericksburg and the Mary Washington campus. It’s a place to call home where deepened faith and real-time leadership go hand in hand. It’s filled with memories of mission projects, study sessions, and home-cooked meals. We got our start in 1948 when Mr. and Mrs. William Chesley gave their home to the Fredericksburg Baptist Church for use as a center for students at Mary Washington College. Over the years, the ministry known as the Baptist Student Union grew and the house was expanded. In December 1981, the doors of a new student center opened creating more space for events and interaction. In September 2012, we began experimenting with ways to help young adults intentionally connect in a new era of mission as The Center for Faith and Leadership. This new focus led to projects and collaborative partnerships with The Washington Arts Group, Fredericksburg City Schools, The Fredericksburg Start-Up Community and a local English Language School for international students. Today, we’re seeking the transformation of the city and the university through deep relationships in collaboration with churches, campus ministry groups and community organizations. The world is changing. The future is uncertain. But we’re creating the future as we believe it will be by following Jesus, who is at the Center of it all.

Our People

Carey Sims


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Gannon Sims


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Luke Taylor

Ministry Resident

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Rachel Yoder

Ministry Resident

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Believing we are created for communion with God in all things, we offer creative opportunities for prayer, discipleship and deep relationship.