South Durham Church has a rich history dating back to 2010 in order to reach the growing mission field of Durham, NC. Pastor Andy Davis of First Baptist Church in Durham began casting the vision for this new church that could reach the new growth that was coming in the city of Durham. In 2011, Adam Darnell was called by the First Baptist Church elders to lead a new church plant in Durham.
First South Durham Church Service
The first public worship service for this new church in Durham took place on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. The service was held at Southwest Elementary School in Durham. Later in 2012, formal membership was established as well as the calling of two lay elders. This new church in Durham was being established by the grace of God!
New Location for South Durham Church
The church was growing and by 2015 had outgrown the children’s space at Southwest Elementary School. The new church then moved to their second location at Pearsontown Elementary School. Other milestones in 2015 include the beginning of Annual Soccer Nights outreach, the Elder team growing to four, and a continued increase in church membership.
Continued Church Growth
South Durham Church continued growing over the next few years and, in 2018, it was time to move again. The children’s space once again was too small at Pearsontown Elementary so the church moved to Christ the King Moravian Church. The church attendance continued growing throughout 2018.
Impact of Covid
The impact of Covid was challenging for South Durham Church, as it was for many churches. The church in Durham had to transition to virtual options for worship, but God continued to bless His church. Eventually, the church moved to outdoor services at Lowes Grove Middle School while continuing to offer a virtual option.