FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH
The commitment was truly an act of faith, as there was no idea where the first worship service was going to be held. The mission rented the South Point Community Building, located on Second Avenue West in South Point. On August 14, 1988, Pastor Charles Stewart brought the message. At the end of the service 21 people stepped out on faith to become members of The First Southern Baptist Chapel of South Point, Ohio.
Ruth Ledford and Bonnie West put feet under their prayers and began searching the village of South Point for a piece of land large enough to build a church facility. They found an old outdated building for sale. The sign had been knocked down and hidden among the weeds. This is the site where the Church now stands. With a $7,500 grant from the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and the help of the Mother Church, the land was purchased for $58,000. Plans were soon made for a church facility seating 130 complete with a baptistry. In June of 1989, the Chapel called Rick Frazier as their first mission pastor.
On September 17, 1989, the first worship service was held in the new building. By June 30, 1995, the mission had completed two new additions to the building, including a fellowship hall, additional Sunday School rooms, and increased the seating capacity in the sanctuary to 240.
Pastor Rick Frazier resigned to accept the call to the First Captist Church of Louisa, Kentucky after serving teh Chapel for six years. Pastor Charles Stewart had retired, and served as the interim pastor for about one year. Coming from North Carolina, Bro. Burt Wilbur was called as mission pastor on June 16, 1996. He served until November 16, 1997, when he reisigned to pastor a church in North Carolina. The Chapel depended on supply preachers for eight months. On July 26, 1998, Gary Yochum was called as mission pastor. The chapel constituted under the leadership of Pastor Yochum. Services were held on November 14, 1999 in which the name was changed to First Southenrn Baptist Church of South Point, Ohio. Bro. Gary continued to served as the pastor through August 2000. He moved to Louisville, Kentucky to pursue his seminary education.
In Janaury 2001, the church called Bro. Mitch Webb as the interim pastor. In June, he was called as pastor. He served for five years.
From the very beginning, the church has given to mission programs thorugh the Cooperative Program. This mission support includes The Southern Baptist Convention, The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, and The Scioto Valley Baptist Association. Also three special offerings each year go directly to support Southern Baptist Missionaries on the foreign field and in the United States are taken. On May 2, 2004, the church voted to give a $3,000 to Global Outreach in the southern part of Sudan Africa to help complete a new church buildng under construction on seven acres of land, where 70% of the population is Muslim; where 25% practice different indigenous religions, and only 5% are Christians. International mission trips have been taken to Romania and Guyana.
A Servant Evangelism Project took place in 2005 at Hunntington Ritter Park, Huntington West Virginia. Over 1500 bottles of water were handed out.
In 2006, the church called Bro. Ricky Kirk as Pastor. He served for six years. It was during this time, the church held a note burning service in November 2008. Annual Homecoming services have been a highlight during the years. Bro. Chuck Price was called as pastor in 2012. In 2013, he resigned to the accept the call of pastor of his home church in Louisa Kentucky. In 2013, First Southern Baptist Chruch began an annual Car Cruise-in as a witness event in the community. Refreshments are served and the gospel is shared. Early in 2014, Bro. Paul Booth accepted the call as Interim Pastor and later was called as Pastor.
The Church is located on more than four acres near the intersection of US 52 and South Point Ohio exit.