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Church Affiliation


Bridgewater College is historically affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination focused on the core values of equality, community, simplicity, service and peace.

These values have deeply influenced Bridgewater College’s mission and the community that is created here. Bridgewater alumni go out in the world and embody these ideals in their careers, families and communities. Many alumni have served in the Brethren Volunteer Service, offering their time and skills to work for peace, advocate justice, serve human needs and care for creation.

Bridgewater honors its spiritual heritage while creating an inclusive community that welcomes all religious traditions and spiritual perspectives.

Student Experience

Prospective first year and transfer students who are members of the Church of the Brethren are eligible for scholarships. Nine percent of the student body is Brethren, the highest percentage of Brethren students among the six colleges historically affiliated with the church.

The Brethren Student Movement, one of several spiritual life groups on campus, is open to all students and meets weekly for fellowship, study, worship and service. Bridgewater students can also volunteer to serve on the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet that leads the annual Interdistrict Roundtable at Bridgewater College for youth in the six southeast districts of the Church of the Brethren.

Located in the Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren, there are many local Brethren congregations that welcome the involvement of Bridgewater students, with the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren within walking distance of campus.

The College chaplain oversees the spiritual life program and offers spiritual guidance and support to all members of the campus community. No matter what you believe, you are welcome here.