The Seagate Baptist Church recently celebrated 46 years of serving the community of Naples, Florida. God has been so good to us over the years and we thank Him for all that He has allowed us to accomplish in ministering to Greater Naples and its surrounding areas.
Seagate Baptist Church began as the Central Baptist Church of Naples, Florida. Its first location was on Seagate Drive just west of US 41. Shortly after its conception, the name was changed to reflect its location in Naples. The church has had three pastors including our current pastor and has been blessed by each of these servants of God.
Under the leadership of Pastor James Odom, Seagate began to experience great growth both spiritually and numerically. At its original location, there were great days of special emphasis including a high day of over 1,000 people in attendance for one Sunday service. As the church began to outgrow these facilities, the Pastor began to pray by faith that God would enlarge their property and increase their outreach in the community. The church was landlocked and quickly realized that God was in its relocation.
Pastor Odom stepped out by faith and led the members of Seagate Baptist Church to purchase their current 20 acres of property in its present location on Whippoorwill Lane. At that time, Pine Ridge Road was paved only to the intersection of Airport-Pulling Road. Members drove the nearly two miles of dirt road to what was seemingly the outskirts of town.
Because of the visionary leadership of our pastor, Seagate is now located in the center of town giving us the title of "The church with a heart in the heart of Naples."
The church paved up to their section of Whippoorwill Lane and believed that God was going to develop this new area of their city and build His church! Soon the auditorium was completed and the Dedication Service was conducted. One year later the educational building was built debt-free and God enabled the church to continue to grow.
God's hand of blessing has been evident upon our church and its leadership over these many years. Thousands of people have come to know the Lord and will be in Heaven one day because of the efforts of God's people at Seagate Baptist Church. Every week we meet people throughout our community who have been influenced by this ministry and how we thank God for His goodness upon us.
We look forward to seeing many more precious souls saved, baptized and added to the church.