The History of MBU’s Tartan

In 1964, St. Louis Baptist leaders founded Missouri Baptist University—then Missouri Baptist College—to be a light to our communities and beyond. Since then, the evangelical Christian university in St. Louis, Missouri has grown in students, programs and acreage, yet remains true to its founding mission. By interweaving rigorous academics and Christian values, Missouri Baptist University continues to inspire graduates to become Christ-like influencers in their communities and careers.

To commemorate the inauguration of Missouri Baptist University’s seventh president, Dr. Keith Ross, the University released a traditional tartan in the fall of 2018. The pattern is a visual representation of MBU’s timeless values and the optimism of what is yet to come.

Each color woven into the Tartan pattern represents one of our Core Values:

  • The red represents the blood of Jesus as we are serious and intentional about our Christian faith.
  • The light blue resembles the sky to remind us to look toward heaven, faith and truth. At MBU we commit ourselves to freely and responsibly search for truth.
  • The navy blue reminds us to strive for excellence as it resembles trust, loyalty and wisdom.
  • White represents integrity as we believe in the importance and cultivation of character.
  • The interwoven gray represents social change through the integration of service and leadership into our alumni’s daily lives. 

These colors interlaced together form the Missouri Baptist University traditional tartan. When this pattern is displayed, let it be a reminder of our commitment to be faithfully present to each other, our tasks and our industries so we may always be a light for Christ, and let His light shine brightly.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. … In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 & 16