How do you put into words the vast history of any organization, especially a church? How do you choose the events, facts, stories, that will best represent the people, and the relationships that developed between them? How can you effectively expose their commitment to God, their love for their Lord, and their bond to one another?

Southgate Baptist Church began her journey on December 10, 1961 in Moore, OK. Thirteen charter members met in the Moore Community Building, with the meeting led by Bro. T.L. Duren.  By May of the following year, their attendance had nearly tripled and they called their first pastor, Bro. J. Harold Hodges. This would be his first, and only, church to pastor for the next 35 years.

For the first 25 years of its life, the church grew in leaps and bounds, when by 1985 they had a membership of nearly 800 people. It was obvious God had His hand of blessing on this church, and the people bonded together under the common goal of reaching out to the city of Moore, at that time, one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. During the 60’s and 70’s the church made several advancements, including four building programs and the addition of new staff.  During the early 70’s the church emphasized their desire to reach children by beginning a Junior Church program, and one year later, by starting a very successful Bus Ministry.

The church began expanding on their current facilities during 1972, but tragedy struck the following  year when a tornado ripped through Moore, destroying much of the current building. The church pulled closer together and completed the rebuilding of the second story and moved into their new auditorium over the next year.

Also in 1973 the church began servicing the community with their new Day Care program.

Southgate began reaching out to other BMA of Oklahoma churches in 1973 as they extended an arm of outreach to assist the Calvary Baptist Church in Newcastle. They would repeat this action with other sister churches in the coming years,  including First MissionaryEnid in 1982, and to Eastern Gate, Wynnewood and Faith Baptist, Chickasha in 1985.

Under the direction of Associate Pastor Allen Wilson the church began the AWANA program for children in 1977.

It was also during the early 80’s the church began looking at property across the street, and in 1983 started the process of purchasing 20 acres to build on from the Kerr McGee Corporation. Before the year was out the property was paid for, and the church began the dream of building on this new area. They began the next year by developing a recreational area, and followed in 1985 with a structure to house the fleet of vehicles that had become Southgate’s Bus Ministry. In 1986 they began the process of building a Family Life Center on the new property.

Bro. Jody Cook assumed the reigns of Southgate’s Bus Ministry in 1981, and Bro. Doug Brewer became the churches next full time Youth Minister in 1984. Under the guidance of Bros. Brewer and Cook the church began an annual Children’s Camp meeting in August of 1988 that is still active to this date, reaching kids of Moore and other communities from around the state.

The 1990’s saw several changes in the face of the church. In 1995 engineers reported structural problems in the auditorium, forcing a decision to move into the gymnasium for worship services. Due to the sudden lack of space, this also made it necessary to end the Day Care ministry. It seemed like Southgate was facing difficult times.  However, in spite of meeting in a gym on pews that came out of the old auditorium, with a temporary stage and a horse trough for baptisms, the church continued to grow. The church determined to complete the new worship center without borrowing money, if possible, and God continued to bless with new people and continued excitement. The church broke ground on the new worship center in 1995.

At the end of 1997 Bro. Harold Hodges announced his retirement and Bro. Doug Brewer became Southgate’s second Senior Pastor. Bro. Hodges continued to serve the church faithfully as Pastor Emeritus until his passing in 2014.

On October 7, 2001 we moved into our new Worship Center, successfully completing the project debt free. It was an incredible day of celebration with several guests, including past Southgate members who had moved away, and friends of Southgate from around the country. We began that day as we had, in the gym, but quickly moved, during one of the first songs, into our new worship center.  The music never stopped, and the people flowed into the new building.

Southgate has remained relevant to the ministry needs of the Moore community in the last decade by offering such ministries as the AWANA program being resurrected in 2005, and with the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading program beginning in 2008. And, in 2011 the church began a Celebrate Recovery ministry. In recent years, the church has seen a need to reach out to young adults by sponsoring an annual young adult retreat.

Today, Southgate Baptist Church still exists to bring glory to God. We will do this by encouraging and equipping people to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

Southgate has remained relevant to the ministry needs of the Moore community in the last decade by offering such ministries as the AWANA program being resurrected in 2005, and with the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading program beginning in 2008. And, in 2011 the church began a Celebrate Recovery ministry. In recent years, the church has seen a need to reach out to young adults by sponsoring an annual young adult retreat.

Today, Southgate Baptist Church still exists to bring glory to God. We will do this by encouraging and equipping people to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

Also in 1973 the church began servicing the community with their new Day Care program.

Southgate began reaching out to other BMA of Oklahoma churches in 1973 as they extended an arm of outreach to assist the Calvary Baptist Church in Newcastle. They would repeat this action with other sister churches in the coming years,  including First MissionaryEnid in 1982, and to Eastern Gate, Wynnewood and Faith Baptist, Chickasha in 1985.

Under the direction of Associate Pastor Allen Wilson the church began the AWANA program for children in 1977.

It was also during the early 80’s the church began looking at property across the street, and in 1983 started the process of purchasing 20 acres to build on from the Kerr McGee Corporation. Before the year was out the property was paid for, and the church began the dream of building on this new area. They began the next year by developing a recreational area, and followed in 1985 with a structure to house the fleet of vehicles that had become Southgate’s Bus Ministry. In 1986 they began the process of building a Family Life Center on the new property.

Bro. Jody Cook assumed the reigns of Southgate’s Bus Ministry in 1981, and Bro. Doug Brewer became the churches next full time Youth Minister in 1984. Under the guidance of Bros. Brewer and Cook the church began an annual Children’s Camp meeting in August of 1988 that is still active to this date, reaching kids of Moore and other communities from around the state.

The 1990’s saw several changes in the face of the church. In 1995 engineers reported structural problems in the auditorium, forcing a decision to move into the gymnasium for worship services. Due to the sudden lack of space, this also made it necessary to end the Day Care ministry. It seemed like Southgate was facing difficult times.  However, in spite of meeting in a gym on pews that came out of the old auditorium, with a temporary stage and a horse trough for baptisms, the church continued to grow. The church determined to complete the new worship center without borrowing money, if possible, and God continued to bless with new people and continued excitement. The church broke ground on the new worship center in 1995.

At the end of 1997 Bro. Harold Hodges announced his retirement and Bro. Doug Brewer became Southgate’s second Senior Pastor. Bro. Hodges continued to serve the church faithfully as Pastor Emeritus until his passing in 2014.

On October 7, 2001 we moved into our new Worship Center, successfully completing the project debt free. It was an incredible day of celebration with several guests, including past Southgate members who had moved away, and friends of Southgate from around the country. We began that day as we had, in the gym, but quickly moved, during one of the first songs, into our new worship center.  The music never stopped, and the people flowed into the new building.

Southgate has remained relevant to the ministry needs of the Moore community in the last decade by offering such ministries as the AWANA program being resurrected in 2005, and with the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading program beginning in 2008. And, in 2011 the church began a Celebrate Recovery ministry. In recent years, the church has seen a need to reach out to young adults by sponsoring an annual young adult retreat.

Today, Southgate Baptist Church still exists to bring glory to God. We will do this by encouraging and equipping people to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.