Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, Kentucky)

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Southeast Christian Church
38°13′41.85″N 85°32′43.66″W / 38.2282917°N 85.5454611°W / 38.2282917; -85.5454611Coordinates: 38°13′41.85″N 85°32′43.66″W / 38.2282917°N 85.5454611°W / 38.2282917; -85.5454611
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Country United States
Denomination Christian churches and churches of Christ
Founded July 1, 1962 (1962-07-01)
Senior pastor(s) Dave Stone
Pastor(s) Kyle Idleman

Southeast Christian Church is an evangelical Christian church based in Louisville, Kentucky. It is considered to be a megachurch. As of 2013, it is the seventh-largest church in the United States.[1]

The church's Senior Minister, Dave Stone, assumed leadership of the church in 2006, followed by Teaching Pastor and author of Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman, in 2009.


The church was established on July 1, 1962 as fifty-three members of the South Louisville Christian Church started a new church in the Hikes Point area. By 1998, the church had moved to – and outgrown – several buildings until reaching its present location at 920 Blankenbaker Parkway in Louisville. Former Senior Minister Bob Russell retired in 2006 after 40 years of service. He was succeeded as senior minister by Dave Stone, the longtime preaching associate at Southeast. In February 2007, Southeast Christian officially released an announcement that it would establish a satellite church in Clark County, Indiana.[2] With the establishment of a second location, Southeast became a multi-site church. The breaking of the ground, by I-65 Exit 4 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, took place on August 12, 2007,[3] and the church officially opened on April 12, 2009. On February 8, 2009, the church announced the plans for its third location. The Oldham County Campus, in Crestwood, Kentucky, held its first service in January 2011. In 2009, Southeast also opened up a new youth building called "The Block".[4]

On the weekend of June 30/July 1, 2012, the church announced that it would develop a fourth campus in southwest Jefferson County, near Dixie Highway (US 31W) and adjacent to the southwestern campus of Christian Academy of Louisville. This site was originally expected to open in fall 2013,[5] but groundbreaking was delayed until February 2013; the new campus opened in time for Easter 2014.[6]

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  1. ^ "2013 Outreach 100 Largest Churches in America". Outreach. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ Southeast Christian to add site in Indiana
  3. ^ "Supersized Worship." The Courier-Journal, November 26, 2006, page B2.
  4. ^ "SECC – The Block | Mankin Media Systems". Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Davis, Kelly (July 2, 2012). "Southeast Christian Church expands in southwest Louisville". WDRB. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Groundbreaking scheduled for Southeast Christian Church satellite campus". WDRB. February 14, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 

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