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Welcome to 'Southeast Christian Church, Louisville KY!' An Inspiring Success Story!

Truly this is one of the greatest - if not the greatest - of ministries in the USA, especially given its isolated rural location. Amazingly, Pastor Bob Russell was able to 'tap into the leadership principles of President Ronald Reagan and use what he learned to build the Kingdom of God.

[Be sure to See Ten Greatest Leadership Principles by Bod Russell below]

Southeast Christian Church & Pastor Bob Russell stop to reflect on how God has led us over the years.

It seems incredible that a congregation which started with about 50 people and met in the basement of a house has grown to be one of the largest churches in North America. But, it's not about numbers.

It's about individuals who have come to know Jesus Christ as Savior, marriages that have been saved, families that have been solidified, addictions that have been conquered, sins that have been avoided, needy people who have been helped, missionaries who have been sent around the globe, and fellowship and joy that have been experienced by His ongoing ministry here. God has been so good! Our cup runs over!

Time Line

July 1, 1962 - Fifty-three members of South Louisville Christian Church start a new work, Southeast Christian Church, in the Hikes Point area.

Seventy-seven charter members make Southeast their permanent home to worship the Lord, meeting in Goldsmith Elementary school.

October 10 - 1962, Southeast purchases property at 2601 Hikes Lane. The services were held in the basement while the upstairs is used for Sunday school rooms.

June 12, 1966 - Bob Russell preaches his first message as minister of Southeast Christian Church.

January 22, 1967 - Phase I of Southeast's building program, a 550-seat sanctuary to house its growing congregation, is dedicated.

August, 1968 - Additional staff is added to meet the needs of the church membership, now approaching 300.

March 9, 1966 - June, 1978 - Phases II, III and IV construction: education space, nursery facilities and an all purpose building are completed.

October 1975 - An additional Sunday morning worship service is added.

Easter 1976 - Attendance exceeds 1,000 for the first time.March 1983 Congregation approves purchase of property at 2840 Hikes Lane to relocate.

November 1983 - A miracle sacrificial offering of $1,533,088 is given to launch a building program.

April 12, 1987 - The congregation walks to the new building for a brief service called "Crosswalk." Twenty charter members, led by Butch Dabney, symbolically lock the doors of the old building.

May 1989 Dave Stone joins the church as Preaching Associate.Easter 1990



Southeast Christian Finally Reaches 10,000 Attendance for First Time!




Easter 1990 - Attendance exceeds 10,000 for the first time.

March 1992-Congregation votes to relocate and purchase property at I-64 and Blankenbaker Parkway.

September - November, 1993 -"Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice" is the theme for the capital stewardship campaign, in which a total of $30,316,485 is promised, and, by God's grace, far exceeds the $26,000,000 goal.

September 25, 1994- Groundbreaking Service for 920 Blankenbaker Parkway.

March 1995 - The Southeast Easter Pageant makes its debut with 10,000 people in the audience over 6 nights.

September 1995 - The inaugural issue of our weekly newspaper, The Southeast Outlook, is published.

January 1, 1997- Congregation begins "Above and Beyond for Future Generations," a two-year capital campaign to fund the construction of the Youth and Activities Center at the Blankenbaker property.

December 1998 - Thousands walk through their new church home for the first time. An entire week of Open House brings thousands of church members, friends, and guests.

December 24, 1998- Our Christmas Eve services were the first conducted in the new facility. Over 24,000 people attend one of four services that day. What a blessing; what a powerful God we serve!

Summer 1999 -Country Lake Christian Retreat opens for campers. With the new facilities, Southeast average weekend attendance for worship jumps from 10,500 to 13,000. Easter Pageant attendance jumps to 35,000 over 5 performances in new facility.

March 2000 -Easter Pageant expands to a performance run of 2 weeks, and attendance exceeds 70,000.

May 21, 2000 - The Southeastchristian.org website is launched, allowing connection to and ministry 24/7.

January 2001 - The Southeast Christian Community Counseling Center opens its doors, staffed by a Christian psychiatrist and certified counselors.

The 6th annual Great Day of Service involves some 2800 volunteers in 124 projects throughout Kentuckiana.

The Southeast Inside/Out Prison Ministry Softball team wins the National Championship in the Bright National Christian Softball Tournament.



From Louisville KY to the World!




2002 -The Southeast Missions Ministry sends out 850 people on 56 different short term mission trips and supports nearly 100 full-time ministries in 31 countries around the world.

With the interviews of former Afghanistan captives Dayna Curry & Heather Mercer, weekend worship attendance reaches a record of 22,053.

July 11-14, 2002 Southeast celebrates its 40th anniversary. Activities include a celebration service, a dinner honoring charter members, a 5K run/walk, a community outreach with 3000 suitcases for the homeless, a mission flag processional, and an anniversary cake.

Kyle Idleman, Preaching Associate, comes on board as Southeast's third preacher.

March 2003 Congregation begins "Making Room for More," a two-year campaign to fund the construction of a new Activities Center, Ministry Resource Center, parking lot additions, and Harvest Grants for other churches.

April 10-11, 2004 -Southeast breaks another weekend worship attendance record with 29,424 attending our four Easter services and Sunday evening Vine service.

October 22-23, 2005 During the final "I'm In!" Commitment Weekend, 346 people come forward to be baptized and become new members.

January 7/8, 2006 Bob Russell announces that he has turned over leadership of the church to Dave Stone. Dave Stone presents our vision for the future of Southeast. June 25, 2006

Bob Russell preaches his last weekend service, marking his retirement after 40 years of faithfully serving the Lord at Southeast Christian Church.

Grand opening of the Media Center

Bob Russell preaches his last weekend service, marking his retirement after 40 years of faithfully serving the Lord at Southeast Christian Church.




June 24/25, 2006 Grand opening of Café 920

September 30, 2006 Framing of 33 homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Over 3,000 volunteers participated.

October 15, 2006 Open House for the new Ministry Resource Center

February 10, 2007 Dave Stone announces Southeast's first satellite campus location - Southern Indiana - and the campus pastor - Rusty Russell. (read announcement)

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Student Ministry Center.





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