Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:19

Southside Baptist Church believes in the responsibility of each believer, motivated by the love of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to witness for Christ and to live sacrificially for the proclamation of the Gospel into all the world.
God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe and ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go locally and globally, not waiting for any to come to us.  

On Mission Locally

"Serve the City"

What is it?
“Serve the City” is putting into action Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as ourselves. While we are called to do this every day, Southside will do this corporately by going out into the community to serve and love on them. The goal is simple: Love like Christ and expect nothing in return. Christ’s love will draw people to Himself.
What does it look like?
Southside Baptist Church, in partnership with other local church bodies, will launch a mission trip into the City of Suffolk, Virginia.
We will send teams to work in neighborhoods and schools.
We will take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the community and teach children and families.
We will deliver meals to our local first responders such as police, fire, and EMS. 

On Mission Globally

Meet our Active Missionary Partners

Jeremy and Jessie Effler - Senegal, West Africa

Jeremy first traveled to West Africa in 2011 with a local church on a short term mission trip. He saw the great need, both spiritually and physically, and was never the same. His wife, Jessie, went with him in 2012 and they knew that the Lord was calling them to be involved in what He was doing in a small West African country. They waited until their oldest two children graduated high school in 2016.  In July of 2017 they moved with their younger three children (Taylor, Samuel and Kaiya) to serve on the field full time. They are currently working alongside with Friends in Action International who partner with church planters in villages where there is limited or no access to clean water and drill water wells. With 1040 Visions, they desire to work alongside of local pastors, lay leaders and believers to plant churches. By living life everyday life with those around them, they have opportunities to disciple, teach and live out the gospel message.
You can help support Jeremy and Jessie by CLICKING HERE

Martin and Carrie Chappell - Bangkok, Thailand

Martin and Carrie Chappell along with their three sons Charlie, Caleb, and Cody moved to Southeast Asia in 1999 as International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries to work in a restricted access country.  In 2002, they relocated to Bangkok, Thailand for Martin to serve as the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.  
The ministry at Calvary was a shared ministry between the church and the IMB.  In December 2015, Martin and Carrie retired from the IMB but remained in Bangkok to continue serving at Calvary.  In 2017, Calvary added “International” to its name to become Calvary International Baptist Church, in order to more clearly reflect its international character.  Calvary is an exciting ministry as the church body is made up of believers from around the world.  As such, there is an exceptional opportunity to send the gospel message to all corners of the globe. You can support Martin and Carrie's mission by CLICKING HERE

Landon Violette - Montrouis , Haiti

Landon Violette is an active member and missionary of Southside Baptist Church, currently serving with Supply and Multiply, in Montrouis, Haiti. This mission partnership is vast in nature, and there are many ways to be involved. We encourage you to click on the link above and invest in the mission of Supply and Multiply.

Philip Timoti - India


Join the mission

Serve the Kingdom on one of our upcoming mission trips

There are plenty of opportunities to serve locally and globally as a member of Southside Baptist Church. You can begin by serving in your local community through Operation Suffolk, and if you feel called to serve on an international mission, there is availability there as well.  We currently provide short term mission support in Haiti, Mexico, Thailand, and India. If you would like more information please contact the missions team today.

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