During the fall of 1959, a group of ten people
met with Basil Overton in the home of Robert Collier on Arcadia Park.
They discussed the feasibility of meeting to worship together in Lexington, and
in that meeting the decision was made to assemble and worship as the church
known as the Southside Church of Christ. Meeting in the chapel on the
campus of the old College of the Bible (currently the Lexington Theological
Seminary), the church held its first worship service on January 3, 1960.
Only four families constituted the church at Southside then, although thirty
people were present at the first assembly. This small number grew
rapidly, and soon sixty were worshipping God together. After meeting for
six months at the College of the Bible, the church purchased a dwelling at its
present address of 1533
Nicholasville Road, modified its interior, and
began meeting there permanently.
The present auditorium was
constructed on that site in 1961, the first worship service being conducted
there on January 7, 1962. The Educational wings were completed in two
stages, one in the fall of 1971, and the other in the summer of 1976. In
1983-4 the auditorium was expanded, and the north educational wing remodeled.
In 1998 the auditorium and parts of the educational wing were given a
face-lift. August 2000 marked the completion of a new 2-story wing for
offices and additional space with an expanded entrance foyer.
Since 1960 the following men have served as
preaching ministers for the congregation: Basil Overton, Howard Emerson,
Ron Bryant, Jerry Hollis, Jerry
Harvill, Ken Neller, Kevin Wooten, Tom Sibley and Bryan Barrett. Barrett Coffman has been with
us since October 2006. John Peden was hired as our Campus Minister in
1975, followed by Ken Durham and Craig Culbertson. Kevin Wooten has been
ministering to the "Cats for Christ" since December 1989. Jerry
Savage was our first Youth Minister in 1975, since then Stan Sizemore, Terry
Hester, Daniel Stockstill, Ed Bass and Michael Fann have filled that position. Jeremy Stewart has been with us in that position since April 2011. Bill Nolan served
as our Counseling and Family Involvement Minister from 1991-2001.
"My School" started in 1977 by Patty Hollis as a mothers' day out program. In 1982 Nita Cates added a preschool curriculum, making My School a Thursdays-only preschool program. Patty Rhodes has been My School's director since 1990.
McKenzie was our first Children's Ministry Leader, succeeded by Leslie Davis
(birth-kindergarten) and Joy Lassiter (grades 1-5), Shonna Anthony took over
from Joy at the beginning of 2003. In
June 2007, Amanda Jones became our first full-time Children’s Minister.