A Brief History of SCC
In the mid 1980’s a group of men and women who had a heart for missions saw a wonderful opportunity to establish a church that would reach the growing city of Southaven, MS. These men and women joined together with mission boards from Arkansas and Missouri and with the General Baptist National Missions Board to start a new church. Land was bought in the Plum Point Villages subdivision (now across the creek from the church) long before a church planter was hired to start the church.
At the same time the mission board was seeking a church planter, Don and Linda Gregory, originally from Arkansas and Missouri respectively, were seeking the Lord’s will for their lives. They sensed a call to missions. Finally in 1989 the Gregory’s and the mission boards came together and Don was hired to be the church planter for what was often referred to as the “Plum Point Church.”
In January of 1990, Don and Linda and their three girls arrived in Southaven. By fall of that year they had been meeting with a small nucleus of people who would bravely become the core group for the new church. The name was chosen as Community General Baptist Church. For two years the group struggled for an identity and for a place to belong in the community. During that time they used four different locations and were soon to move to the fifth.
In 1992 the group did a re-launch and began to meet in the cinema on Stateline Road at Hwy. 51. Some major hurdles were crossed and the attendance grew. The final move before building their existing church was to Nail Road and Hwy 51. While in that location the Lord blessed them and many souls were saved. It was also during that time that Brother Mike Higgins was called into the ministry and joined with Pastor Don in an unpaid staff position. As the church was growing they eyed the property bought a decade before. They began to prepare to build.
The church moved into their current building in April 2000. They built a multi-purpose facility so that most everything could be done in one building. So even today the church sets up for Sunday worship and then removes the chairs for weekday ministry—particularly the daycare center or the I CAN Basketball league. You can read about our fully licensed childcare center on another page.
Through the years SCC has tried to develop ministries that were needed in the community. Whether it was a food pantry ministry (which lasted for nearly a decade) or a Parents of Twins Support Group or a 12-step program, SCC tries to meet the need with ministries tailored to that need. The most recent ministry development is the addition of a second staff person. This staff member will be focused on three different areas. His primary responsibility will be with youth and children. But he will also be working with their parents to develop more ministries for that age group as well.