Our Story

Conceived by the Spirit of God, born with the love of God's people at Regency Park Baptist Church of Moore, Oklahoma, Southpark Baptist Church held its first service April 15, 1979. Ten acres of land located at 2900 SW 119th and May Avenue was purchased with contributions from the Union Baptist Association and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.  

Regency Park Baptist Church asked Leon Wilson to serve as interim mission pastor.  A 32' x 60' metal building was purchased and placed on the site in February of 1979.  Because of in-climate weather, the building was not ready for use until May 13, 1979, therefore the first services were held on the Easter Sunday in the home of Jim and Ann Cottingham.  Eight members came from Regency Park Baptist Church, plus two temporary workers. There were three new members added to the church on that first Sunday. Without electricity or water, the mission group moved into an office building from General Motors on Mother's Day, May 13, 1979.  Electricity arrived by Father's Day along with summer heat.

Bonds were sold to build the first permanent building.  Ground was broken by the same plow used in this section of land in 1889.  It was pulled by the missions committee and guided by Pastor Leon Wilson.

On June 23, 1981 the Southpark family moved into the first permanent building.  The building was formally dedicated to God's Glory on December 6, 1981 and dreams and prayers were answered when classes were moved into the partially completed building.  

Over the years, Southpark has been known as a family church and a healing church. It has also been known as a mission oriented church with trips to the Philippines, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as sponsoring students and other members to go on mission trips to Africa, Romania, Russia, Armenia, China, and Australia. Our youth group has also done mission trips to Arlington and Memphis to help ministries and churches there.

In 2014, Southpark invited Next Step Ministries to come and use Southpark as a home base for disaster relief and supporting local ministry efforts such as Cross & Crown and Serve Moore. This was in response to the devastating tornado on May 20, 2013 that hit Moore and destroyed two elementary schools as well as hundreds of homes and the Moore Hospital.