Southcliff Church is a gathering of believers in Jesus who seek to make a difference in this world.
Guiding people of all generations and backgrounds into a thriving relationship with Christ.
We are an autonomous church that is affiliated with the Southern
Baptist Convention, the Tarrant Baptist Association, the Southern
Baptists of Texas Convention, and various ministry partners around the
The history of Southcliff Baptist Church reflects the foresight of the many believers who have preceded us.
It also demonstrates the strong desire to follow the will of God and a
heart for unity that exists within the church today.
The beginnings of Southcliff date back to the
early part of the twentieth century. In 1901 or
1902, Mrs. A.J. (Kate) Parks began the Seventh
Ward Mission under the care, guidance, and
support of Broadway Baptist Church.
In 1951, the church purchased an entire city block one and one- half miles to the south at the corner of Evans and Baker Avenues.
The property at Evans and Elmwood was sold in 1957 and facili-
ties were constructed on the new property. Dedication of the
relocated Evans Avenue Baptist Church was held on September
A casual conversation between several members of the two churches
in early 1966 launched the idea of merging Evans Avenue and Westcliff
into a single church. As the merits of such a merger became evident, the
casual discussions quickly became serious, and in late 1966 the
congregations of the two churches agreed to merge. Southcliff Baptist
Church was established on August 21, 1966. Frank Minton, who had been
the Evans Avenue pastor since February of 1964, became the pastor of
Southcliff Baptist Church and Dr. Frank Moore, the Westcliff pastor,
became co-pastor. Dr. Moore left in 1967 to teach at Oklahoma State
In 1967, the average Sunday School attendance was 465. The only
existing space was the building that is now known as the Administration
Building, the location of the present church offices. In 1967, it had an
auditorium with a capacity of less than 300.
A short-term answer to what has proved to be an ongoing problem –
insufficient space for members and growth – was to hold Sunday School in
the neighboring Westcliff Methodist Church and to hold two worship
services while a $650,000 auditorium and educational unit, now the
Children’s Building, were built. A tram, acquired from the new Six Flags
amusement park, was used to transport Sunday School members between
Westcliff Methodist Church and Southcliff. Within one year of the
completion of the new facilities, crowded conditions required a return
to simultaneous dual Sunday School and worship services.
A casual conversation between several members of the two churches in early 1966
launched the idea of merging Evans Avenue and Westcliff into a single church. As
the merits of such a merger became evident, the casual discussions quickly be-
came serious, and in late 1966 the congregations of the two churches agreed to
merge. Southcliff Baptist Church was established on August 21, 1966
In October 1976 Paul Burleson was called to pastor Southcliff Baptist Church. Southcliff ex-
perienced unprecedented and phenomenal growth through God’s leadership. Both sides
of the sanctuary were extended to add additional seating and the second floor of the Edu-
cation Building was completed for a growing Sunday School
Dr. W. Hal Brooks became the fourth pastor of Southcliff in July
1983. Southcliff continued to grow and ground was broken for a preschool
education building. The church also purchased and furnished a house at
4141 Whitfield in 1983. This home continues to provide housing for
missionary families on home leave. Dr. Brooks went home to be with the
Lord, following a year battle with cancer, in April 1987. The W. Hal
Brooks Preschool Building was dedicated in May 1988.
Dr. Charles A. Stewart was called as pastor in August 1988. The
houses on the Selkirk side of the church property were torn down, a much
needed parking lot was constructed, professionally landscaped, and
dedicated in November of 1990. Dr. Stewart was called to Cana Baptist
Church in October 1996.
Dr. Carroll Marr was called to be the pastor of Southcliff in
November 1998. Under his leadership, the church has continued to grow.
In the fall of 1999, the existing auditorium was torn down and
construction began on a new 1,400 seat, 6 million dollar building. A
temporary structure was erected to house worship activities during the
construction of the new auditorium until its completion.
Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, Southcliff celebrated its first
Sunday in the new building. In addition to the new facilities and
ministries, a renewed emphasis on evangelism and missions has
characterized Dr. Marr’s leadership.
In 2006, Southcliff purchased additional property, now known as the
Southcliff Annex, to provide space for Youth and College ministries.
Additional upgrades were made to all facilities to provide compelling
environments for all groups to use for Worship, Grow and Serve spaces. Southcliff is positioned to build on a history of innovation and faith as she moves into the future. Her best days are ahead.
The Baptist Faith and Message is
a prepared statement of generally held convictions that serves as a
guide to understanding who we are. The topics below provide only a
brief, partial summary.
Baptism is one of the most important steps in our lifelong journey as Christ followers. It is a step of faith that honors God and is our public affirmation of faith in Christ.
Are you ready to take this next step in your faith walk? To be baptized at Southcliff, you must contact the church office and speak with a minister.
Any student who wants to be baptized should have a one-on-one conversation with one of our ministers. Please contact the church office for more information.
ages kindergarten through 5th grade who would like to be baptized,
please contact the Children's Ministry office for details at
817-924-2241 ext. 212
At Southcliff, we talk a lot about having a "Thriving" relationship
with God. Yet, we know that the life of a Christ-follower is more than
just doing the right things. Before we can experience a life that
thrives, we must enter into a relationship with God--a relationship that
changes our lives. As Jesus said in John 15:5...
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
In other words, it takes more than our sheer efforts to experience
the life that God has planned for us. Fortunately, it is God's desire
that you experience the new life that is brought about when you place
your faith in Jesus.
... He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9
New Members are received in following ways:
If you are interested in becoming a member and would like to register for the next in-person class, please fill out the form below. If you would like to take the class online at any time you can go to southlcliff.com/discover
When you first see the logo, you
will notice that several things that are deliberately a part of its
design. You will recognize that the four components have a unique color
and shape. As the four components come together, a cross is formed. We
recognize that each one of the colors and shapes represent people from
various backgrounds and generations coming together. The common
denominator that unifies us is our commitment to the cross and the
gospel, and we are ever-growing in our relationship with Christ.
that the colors in the logo are unique. These colors are rooted in
scripture, going back to when God spoke to Moses in the Old Testament.
When God established the Tabernacle, these were the colors that He
selected. In the Old Testament, God had a temple for His people and His
people met Him there. The Spirit and Presence of God was unique in that
place. God told the people of Israel when they were building the
tabernacle that He wanted them to build a portion of it in each of the
four colors represented in our logo: blue, scarlet, gold and purple.
The traditions of the Jewish people tell us that the blue represents the heavens. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and
the earth.” There are typically three kinds of heaven mentioned in the
Bible. There’s the heaven we see by day with the clouds and birds flying
about. There’s the heaven we see by night with the stars and moon in
our visibility. Then there is the heaven we see by faith, where God
dwells. This one color captures all of that.
represents the earth. The Bible tells us that the earth had to be
redeemed by God through His blood. In the Jewish tradition, red is a
symbol of the world – a fallen world that had to be redeemed as a result
of sin. The blood of an innocent substitute is the only acceptable
means of that redemption and, as we understand today, the Messiah.
you combine red and blue, you have purple. The next color in our logo –
purple – is where heaven and earth meet in the person of Jesus Christ.
According to Jewish tradition, purple is the color of the Messiah. It is
the color of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is the color of
royalty. What happens is that God in heaven meets man on earth in the
redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. Heaven and earth meet in Christ,
stands for eternity. The gold in the tabernacle represents the eternal
nature of God and the splendor and majesty of His creation. Our logo tells
a story--a story that God has called us as a church to “Guide People
from All Generations and Backgrounds into a Thriving Relationship with
Christ.” Our hope is that this visual will help people understand who we
are as a church.
Southcliff Baptist Church4100 SW Loop 820 | Ft Worth, TX 76109(817) 924-2241