Church is probably one of the most ambiguous terms in our language. The very thing that was once an idea, a way, a concept has become a battlefield of terms, theologies, and modes. Yea, we didn't like that either. Imagine a place where you felt safe. A place where you didn't feel the stress of having to perform. There was no need to dress a certain way, stand at a certain time, or even have pressure to perform. A safe place where you could come and connect with God, and then download good things from Him. No prerequisites required, just a simple connection to the Creator that simplifies life. SouthPoint is that place. We began gathering at the beginning of 2007 and have had an incredible time enjoying our community and our God. We hope when you come and experience the SouthPoint life that it energizes and adds joy to your life like it has ours. We honestly can't think of another place we'd rather be.
Craig and Patti Wendel
Our services have upbeat music and creative, applicable teaching that addresses the real issues of life in an exciting way. We are a group of people that passionately go after the things of God, and diligently work on incorporating this Jesus experience into our everyday, walking-around life. We'd love it if you'd join us and participate in one of our upcoming Gatherings.
We strive to create a safe environment where the un-churched and de-churched can come, connect with God, and download good things from Him.
Mission & Vision
"Where'd ya'll come from?" and "Why did you pick DeSoto County?" - we've heard these questions over and over.
In the fall of 2005, Craig went on a retreat alone to hear the voice of the Lord. He heard Him and He said, "Memphis." At that point, neither Craig nor I had ever even visited Memphis. We knew nothing about the area, the people groups or the demographics. But God said it, so we acted on it. After a little research, we were feeling drawn to the DeSoto County area. Through confirmations from leadership and mentors, the decision was made to move to DeSoto County, and on July 5th, 2006, the moving truck arrived.
We were in search of a name. We knew that we wanted to do church a whole new way, but our location was key. Through tedious list-making and sorting, the name SouthPoint was birthed. Then, on to a tag line. "When your life goes south, we'll point it out" didn't seem to work. "A new way to do church" was it. We had no idea just how revolutionary that would seem to our area. We just thought we were a new church in the southern-most point of the Metro-Memphis area.
Settling in commenced and on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend, we hosted friends, family and some students for our first Pre-Launch Meeting and Cookout, and SouthPoint was birthed.
Three months of pre-launch services, lots of dreaming, and an enormous amount of planning and details came to a close. January 21st came and we held our first service in the Malco Movie Theatre in Southaven. That would be our home until November, 2008, when we moved to Southaven High School.
During our time as a portable church, a team dynamic was instilled deep into our DNA. We knew that one day God would make a way and we would find a more permanent home. We just had no idea that we would go back to being “the movie theatre church.” Being a team is still very important to who SouthPoint is, and it was with that great Dream Team that we remodeled and renovated our current location at the corner of Stateline Road and Highway 51.
In the fall of 2015, we were given the opportunity to redeem our entire building out of foreclosure. Since we were just leasing the movie theatre space, we knew God would have to work a serious miracle to make it happen. And he did just that. Purchasing our entire property for 32% of its list price was the gift on which we had been waiting.
The revitalization is continuing with renewing and restoring one of the most HISTORIC buildings in Desoto County. And we get to be a part!!!