As one of the most distinctive cross-cultural institutions in the U.S., the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas has been training spiritual leaders under various names since its founding in 1947. It adopts a uniquely Hispanic perspective, and offers associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in such areas as cross-cultural studies, human behavior, Spanish literature and theological studies. BUA’s four core values embrace “head, heart, hand, and habitat” while teaching basic academic skills and critical thinking via a rigorous common-core curriculum. A three-level English as a Second Language program solidifies students’ communication skills as well, and the BUA-WMU Learning Resources Center further enhances the on-campus experience with full-service reference help and interlibrary loans. Students can stay in the new Piper Village dormitory or at several nearby apartment complexes, and BUA even has an active men’s softball team! Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Baptist University of the Americas provides a seminary-like connection to a higher power while successfully preparing students for a lifetime of devoted service.