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Next door to one of the largest research universities in the world - a campus of 50,000 students - UBC's building was designed as a hub of activity. Our sanctuary is a beautiful space for weddings and commitment ceremonies as well as music, theater, and public programs. Our lawn and portico provide a lovely green space on a busy corner. We have room to share for renters, too. Tenants in our beautiful space have included not only other congregations but an alternative school, small businesses, artists, musicians, yoga classes, labor organizers, basketball players (we have a gym under the sanctuary), consultants, and more.

Spaces Currently Available

Hourly or Special Occasion 

  • Gym $20/hr block (2hr minimum)

  • Assembly Room 1,768 sq. ft., $35/hr including kitchen $25/hr without kitchen, 2hr minimum

  • Sanctuary is available for funerals, concerts, and other special occasion rentals at $50/hr

  • Sanctuary is is also available for weddings - see guidelines below

  • Library - $25 for the first hour, $10 for each additional hour

  • Lounge - $25 for the first hour, $10 for each additional hour

Rooms for Lease

  • Room 303 - 540 sq ft, non-profit $983/mo, for-profit $1151/mo

  • Room 305 - 675 sq ft, non-profit $1,229/mo, for profit $1,438/mo

  • Room 306/308 - both 121 sq ft, non-profit $221/mo, for-profit $258/mo

Wedding Ceremonies


University Baptist Church (UBC) is proud to perform wedding ceremonies for everyone, including the LGBTA community.

We are a faith community with a noble tradition of supporting full equality for LGBT people. UBC was the first Baptist Church to appoint an openly lesbian pastor, the Rev. Nadean Bishop, who served from 1992-2000. UBC belongs to the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and American Baptists Concerned for Sexual Minorities. 

UBC’s pastor, the Reverend Doug Donley, has been an impassioned advocate of LGBT rights and equality. Doug has held national leadership positions with Soulforce, an organization dedicated to LGBT inclusion and the elimination of spiritual oppression through nonviolent means. Doug is also a founding member of the Coalition for A Respectful U., an inter-faith coalition whose mission is to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT students at the University of Minnesota. In 2005, Doug received the University’s Breaking the Silence Award in recognition of his work on behalf of LGBT people.

In 2004, under Doug’s leadership, the congregation of UBC passed a statement affirming marriage rights for same-sex couples.



Many rooms have hardwood floors. All rooms are handicap accessible. Utilities are included (small air conditioning or space heater surcharge added).

We also have many rooms available for meetings, rehearsals, recreations, rituals and performances, including a gym.
All rates are very reasonable - based on $26/sq ft (or $22/sq ft for non-profits).

Room rental spaces are open for month to month leases/contracts. 

Please contact the church office for more information or to schedule a showing. 

For more information please contact us at

612-331-1768 or



University Baptist Church is located at 1219 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis MN, 55414. We are on the corner of University Ave. and 13th Ave. SE. The best way to get to UBC is to walk, bike or take public transit. The 2, 3, and  6  buses stop within a block of the church. The Green Line and Campus Connector stop a few blocks away, too.  Parking meters in Dinkytown are enforced from 8 am-10 pm seven days a week. The good news is that there is free street parking within a few blocks of UBC. Give yourself a few extra minutes to find it.  We have a small parking lot for a dozen cars (more if we block each other in). These spaces are first-come first-served.

UBC guests can park in the SE Library lot when the library is closed. (1222 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414) The library is  open Tuesday, 9-5, Thursday, 12-8 and Saturday,9-5.  On Sundays, you can park for free on the south side of 4th street until 2 pm and on University Avenue until 5 pm.

There are pay lots at:

  • The Venue: 428 13th Ave. SE. (5th St. SE between 13th and 14th Aves.) It is located on the east side of 13th Ave. SE between 4th St. and 5th St. SE. The entrance is at the south end of the Venue at Dinkytown on 13th Ave. SE, next to Burrito Loco)

  • 4th Street Ramp: 4th St. SE at 17th Ave.

Please note: The parking lots at our neighboring churches, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, University Lutheran Church of Hope, LDS Institute of Religion, and at the SE Library are by permission only, and only for special events. No parking is permitted in these lots on Sunday mornings. Metered parking is also available in the neighborhood.

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