Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal - Southport Heights is all about sharing the love God with as many people as possible. We strive to honor Him through everything we do, say and act upon. We want every person who interacts with us to know Jesus and His plan for their lives.

Where we come from

As early as 1956, a group of Christians began formulating the need to plant a new church in the Southport area. June 29, 1959, Southport Heights Christian Church was incorporated under the laws of the State of Indiana and building construction commenced in August.

On Sunday, October 25, 1959, Southport Heights Christian Church officially opened her doors for worship services at 9:00 AM. Gene Carlson was the first minister for this new congregation and preached his first sermon on this date. 59 people transferred their membership to SHCC. Of these first new members, all but one family were from University Heights Christian Church. The charter membership was kept open for one full year and by year’s end, the number of charter members totaled 88.

Since inception, Southport Heights has ordained several men for service in Christian ministry, and many men and women for service in the mission field. The church has met in this same building since 1959, although it has undergone several changes and renovations over the years. The church’s strong emphasis on teaching the Bible and supporting missions has been evident throughout its long history.

Southport Heights’ roots as an independent, non-denomination church come from the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement of the 19th Century. The purpose of the movement was to recapture New Testament Christianity by reading and obeying the Bible. We try to avoid denominational labels and practices, while continuing to work toward creating unity among Christians.

SHCC celebrated its 50th year of ministry in October 2009.

Where we're headed

At SHCC, we are committed to three things: Loving God. Love People. Making Disciples. We strive to help people find a deep relationship with Jesus, connect deeper with those around them and live our their faith in real life. Our focus on the future is firmly planted on Jesus Christ.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Southport Heights. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of our family.

We look forward to meeting you in person and getting to know you even better!