HOW IT ALL BEGAN...
The first fellowship meeting of those who desired to start a Southern Baptist church in Minnesota was in a home on January 8, 1956, followed by the first service in a Minneapolis YMCA building in April of that same year. Sixteen people attended this service and chose the original name of Tabernacle Baptist Church. That September the first pastor, Warren Littleford, and his family arrived on the field.
The church was constituted on September 24, 1956 with 21 charter members – including our own Billy Wood and his family. Several months went by and in May 1957 this 10 acres of land at 2600 West 82nd Street was purchased.
The Ground Breaking Service was held on September 14, 1958 with 95 people present, and our own Bob Sell was on the Building Committee. Construction began on the one-level portion that next week, September 22nd.
Southtown Shopping Center was to be built around the same time period so the name Tabernacle Baptist was changed to Southtown Baptist, associating it with its location. Five months after the start of church construction, a Dedication Service was held in the new building on February 22, 1959. The 2-story portion was later completed in 1966.
Through the years, Southtown went on to start over a dozen new churches in Minnesota.
On November 9, 2008, Ground Breaking took place for the new Ministry Facility to be added on to the original building. A year later on November 15, 2009, the Dedication of the new facility was held.