Hi! My name is Steve Farmer and I am the lead pastor at Southland Community Church. My wife, Missy and I are from the Springfield area in Louisiana and have four boys, ages 22, 18, 12, and 4.
My wife and I became born again Christians in 1992 and I have been in full-time ministry for the last twenty-four years. During that time God provided several unique opportunities, I went to bible college and then became the youth pastor at my local church. I served there for approximately 4 years building a youth ministry and small group ministry. In 1998 God called me to start a para-church ministry designed to reach the youth of public schools; Face It! Ministries was born and we started with four public schools in the Tangipahoa Parish area. After five years of serving the youth of Tangipahoa Parish, God provided another great opportunity to plant a church on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Planting the church was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding experiences of our lives. We had the privilege of seeing first-hand the miracles that God performed in people’s jobs, health, marriages, and children. We served and built with the people of the Gulfport/Biloxi area through one of the worst natural disasters of the region and got to see generosity, work ethic, and faith in epic proportions. After seven years of incredible times and memories, we knew God was calling us away from the Coast and on to new adventures.
I knew that God had called me to plant another church… I just had no idea where. Several doors were opened and I looked into each of those, but I knew that those doors just weren’t the right ones. After four months of searching for God’s plan for my family, I finally felt at peace with our new direction. We were coming home. Back to Hammond, LA. Back to Tangipahoa Parish where it all started for us nineteen years ago. Southland Community Church met for the first time on January 2, 2011 at the Quad Area building on North Baptist Road in Hammond. I don’t know all that God has in store for us but I know that every time I’ve been obedient to His call, He has taken me on an unforgettable adventure.
We’re passionate about winning the lost to Christ, impacting the community, and making fully devoted followers of Jesus. That passion has been a part of everything we have done and will be a part of everything we do.
It’s been a pleasure sharing my story with you and I hope to have the opportunity and pleasure of watching God do the miraculous in your life too! Thanks for stopping by to meet us!
God Bless You,