Our Story

How it all started...

The year was 1987 and Dr. Lonnie S. Stinson, the Pastor and Founder of Emmaus Road Baptist Church in Garysburg, North Carolina was ready to depart to the land that God had shown to him – Richmond, Virginia.  Dr. Stinson’s first place of worship was on the third floor of the La Quinta Hotel on Midlothian Turnpike. In less than a month, this small congregation moved to a larger conference room at the Midlothian Turnpike Comfort Inn.  35 years later, God has used Southside Baptist Ministries, Inc to impact thousands of lives through various services, programs and conferences. God is still doing GREAT things at Southside!

Expanding the vision...

"Where there is no vision, the people perish..."
Proverbs 29:18a

Under the leadership of Senior Pastor and Founder, Dr. Lonnie S. Stinson, Southside has endeavored to live out God's command to spread the gospel. From the preaching and teaching of God's Word to the many outreach and training  programs, the vision laid upon our founder's heart over 35 years ago continues to thrive.

"Everything we do is evangelistic!" - Dr. Lonnie Stinson

Living out the mission...


We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, the cornerstone for all that we do. We believe that no matter who you are, God wants to know you and adopt you into His heavenly family.


SBMI is guided by leadership who provide overall direction and watch over the spiritual needs of the church. We are blessed to have a leadership team who is truly dedicated to Christ and knowing His will.


Our ministry believes that strong families help build strong communities.  There  are opportunities here for you to learn about Christ at any age level. We have something for the entire family to enjoy!

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