Southtown Baptist church is a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 


Southtown Baptist Church strives to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Southtown Baptist Church makes an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.


Southtown Baptist Church highly values our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.


To honor GodJesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30


Creating His Multi-Ethnic Group of Believers = The Antioch Church in Acts 11 & 13 was a multi-ethnic church


Helping people say "Yes" to Jesus love, truth and mission = Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:18-20



  1. The first fellowship meeting of those who desired to start a Southern Baptist church in Minnesota was in a home on January 8, 1956, followed by the first service in a Minneapolis YMCA building in April of that same year.  Sixteen people attended this service and chose the original name of Tabernacle Baptist Church. That September the first pastor, Warren Littleford, and his family arrived on the field.
  2. The church was constituted on September 24, 1956. In May 1957 ten acres of land at 2600 West 82nd Street was purchased. The Ground Breaking Service was held on September 14, 1958 with 95 people present. Southtown Shopping Center was to be built around the same time period so the name Tabernacle Baptist was changed to Southtown Baptist, associating it with its location.
  3. Through the years, Southtown went on to start over a dozen new churches in Minnesota and experienced enough growth to expand the church building in 2008-2009.
  4. Southtown Church is home to people from 17 different nations, represented in the flags hung in the main hallway. This diverse congregation is a beautiful representation of the church in Acts 2.


Chris Reinertson

Lead Pastor

Chris is a passionate spokesman for Jesus. There is nothing he'd rather do than work with people to ignite a passion in them and train them to reach those who are far from God. He loves outdoors, bleeds purple (Vikings), waterskiing, sports, reading, and playing games with his family.

Carla Bergman

Administrative Assistant

Carla has served Southtown as Administrative Assistant for over 30 years and has attended the church since her birth. She is an avid creator of stamped greeting cards, loves to read, shop, organize, and decorate her home.

Kia Broman

Children's Ministry Director

Kia loves introduing young people to her best friend, Jesus. She is enjoys strength training, waterskiing, onewheeling, and spending time with her family.

Nico Bonanni

Student Ministry Director

Nico loves to get to know students and teach them more about Jesus. Nico was born in Minnesota but grew up in Northern Italy. He loves reading, movies, the Vikings, and European soccer.


Danny & Christine Lee

Kangnam Korean Baptist Church

Danny pastors a Korean speaking church that meets at Southtown Baptist Church Sunday mornings at 10:30am with fellowship lunch after. Danny grew up in South Korea and came to know Christ in his mid 20's. He has served churches in Korea, Oklahoma, and Minnesota.

Kevin & Joy Yi Chen

Chinese Church, St. Cloud

Kevin is reaching the Chinese speaking residents of the northern Twin Cities. He was raised in a Christian family in China and accepted Jesus as Savior in his early 20's. Kevin loves to share the word of God, enjoys time with family and friends.


Mark Dougherty

Church Deacon

Dale Wollin

Church Deacon

Jim Gress

Church Deacon

Toba Ajibero

Church Deacon

Billy Wood

Church Deacon

Chris Reinertson

Church Deacon


Isaac Ambore

Church Council Member

Kirti Jeswanth

Church Counsil Member

Amy Dougherty

Church Counsil Member

Paul Ativie

Church Counsil Member

Chris Reinertson

Church Council Member