34_KellyParkPhotography_SSCChristmasA small group led by Jay and Jen Simmons was sent out by Old Orchard church in January of 2005 to plant a new church in South City St. Louis.

South City Church was planted in with the desire to see God build his church– weaving together His people into His story of grace and redemption – and then to use that church to transform His city from a city divided by racism, suspicion, bigotry and self-righteousness into a city of worshippers – transformed by the glories of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the summer of 2007, God did the unexpected, adding Olive Branch Presbyterian Church, a 125-year-old congregation in the city with its rich history, heritage, experience and vision for the city to us. A year later, in May of 2008 we were organized as a “particular church” in the Presbyterian Church in America.

All through this short, but very deep history we have been privileged to see God take our initial desires and dreams and make them a reality in St. Louis. He has done it His way all the way, reminding us that if we have anything to boast in it is in Him and His plan to use a community of broken yet redeemed people to embrace and embody and engage St. Louis with His Gospel.

In the fall of 2012 God provided a wonderful permanent church home in the Shaw neighborhood, answering our prayers for a more visible presence in South City.