We have a growing conviction that the church must be actively going into our community with the gospel to make disciples. Our focus is on community involvement with gospel intentionality, meaning that it's the love of Christ that compels us to come alongside the needs of the people in our city and neighborhoods. Through words and deeds we display Christ's love so that others might know Him. 

We have strategic partnerships in areas of Jacksonville including schools, public health and safety, the homeless and needy, youth and family, foster care, and more. We also sponsor four churches: Southside Karen Baptist Church and Immersion Fellowship in Jacksonville; Grace Alive in Orlando, FL; and Hamilton Fellowships in Toronto, Canada. Read more about each of these churches below (see our international missions page for more about Hamilton Fellowships)

We prayerfully support these various partnerships and seek to present opportunities for our church family and community to build genuine friendships within our city and share the good news of Christ.

ministry Outreach opportunities

For more information about the ministries of Southside, contact Vickie Harrelson

  • Local Ministries

    • Short Term/ International Missions
    • Women on Mission
    • Landon and Douglas Anderson Mentors
    • English as a Second Language

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  • Church Partners

    • Florida Baptist Children's Home
    • Karen Ministry
    • Salvation Army
    • Pulse Ministry
    • Her Song
    • UCOM

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Southside Karen Baptist Church

It was with great excitement and anticipation that the members of Southside Baptist Church met on July 8, 2015 to officially launch Southside Karen Baptist Church. The Karen people have been a part of the Southside family for many years. Starting with just a handful of refugees newly arrived in Jacksonville from refugee camps in Thailand, the Karen people have found a home at Southside.

Today more than 200 Karen men, women and children gather for Bible study and worship each Sunday. Thu Lai Mu is a full-time staff member of Southside as the Minister to the Karen People and preaches each Sunday in the Karen language worship gathering located at 115 Arlington Road. 

Click Here to watch a video to learn more about the Karen people and their history.