On August 7, 1988 Northridge Baptist Church was born out of West End Baptist with Dr. Ken Cheek as pastor. Temporarily, the church met at the Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association and Howell Petroleum Building. Northridge met at that location for seven months. We were cramped for space, but were thankful to God for the vision we had for the future. We bought twelve acres of land from the Mental Health Department of the State of Alabama and were beginning the process of building our first building: a sanctuary and some educational space.
On March 19, 1989, the first service of Northridge Baptist Church was held at its present location. We began with 83 charter members. Today after almost nineteen years, we have grown to almost 500 members. The church has seen steady growth throughout those years. There have been seasons of growing, seasons of planting, and seasons of waiting, but always there have been harvest times; to which we give God the glory.
In 1994, the church embarked to build an additional educational wing, being obedient to I Chronicles 28:10. “Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the Sanctuary; be courageous and act.”
In late 2005, the church family acted on this verse again, as we began the process of building a new sanctuary. We now have approximately 11 acres of strategic property.
In 2009, Dr. Ken Cheek retired from his job of senior pastor at Northridge. Mike Hall was asked to be interim pastor until the new pastor God had chosen for Northridge could be located. Pastor Mike served as interim pastor until Pastor Brad was installed.
A Pastor Search Committee was formed and recommended Brad Smith to be the new senior pastor of our church. The church voted to call him as our pastor on Sunday, August 23, 2009. He resigned effective December 16, 2012.
In 2014, a Pastor Search Committee was formed, and after much study and prayer recommended Dan Brown to be our new Pastor. He served as our pastor until December 31, 2016.
The years ahead for Northridge Baptist Church are bright and promising as we strive to do God’s will in our community and continue to “Build Lives for the Future.”
Whether you have lived in the area a long time or have recently moved to your home, let us welcome you. The church is more than buildings. We are a community of people who are developing friendships, helping one another, worshipping and serving together and putting down roots in our faith that will continue to grow for a lifetime. Northridge is big enough that we believe there is something for everyone but small enough that you will find a special place of belonging for you and your family.