Southview, Lincoln, celebrates 60th anniversary

As Southview Baptist Church, Lincoln, Neb., celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 13, Pastor Aaron Householder led the crowd in praying for a new church in Omaha that was holding its first service that day.

Lake Cunningham Community Church held its first service in the home of Pastor Rick Posey and his wife, Angie, in the Lake Cunningham Ridge community. They moved to Omaha in October 2014 to start a new church. Visit the church Web site

It was only fitting that Southview prayed for a new church start during its 60th anniversary celebration. As the oldest Southern Baptist church in Nebraska, it has helped start many new churches. “Greater Things” was the anniversary theme.

Southview’s 60th anniversary celebration featured two services with former staff members in the leading roles. The first service was an upbeat traditional event with music led by Shaun Jones and the Southview worship team with John Gaskin preaching.

Jones is now serving on the staff of Fellowship at Greenwood in Greenwood, Mo. It is a campus of Lenexa Baptist Church, Lenexa, Kan. Gaskin is pastor of Indian Avenue Baptist Church located on the northwest corner of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan.

Former pastor Bob Grayson preached in the second service and Worship Pastor Matthew Cantrell and the Southview worship team led the contemporary music.

Grayson and his wife, Jane, served at Southview from 1988-1993. Then they served as International Mission Board workers and retired in 2010. They now serve a small church in Texas.

Gaskin told of the influence that Southview had on his life. His first contact with church came when he was a high school student living in nearby Fremont, Neb. He came to Lincoln for a basketball tournament and attended a youth lock-in at Southview.

Later Gaskin found himself back at Southview as a law student at the University of Nebraska. He immediately stepped in when the church’s minister of music left.

Gaskin recalled how Eddy Hallock, who was Southview’s pastor at the time, mentored him.

“Every year you need to read the Bible through,” Hallock told him.

Gaskin’s aspirations to be a lawyer were cast aside as he found God calling him into full-time ministry.

After leaving Southview, Gaskin found himself plagued by health problems. But the health challenges drove him to prayer.

“It seemed the more I prayed, the more I saw God at work,” Gaskin told the crowd. He challenged the church to continue its legacy of prayer.

“I encourage you to always be a house of prayer.”

The second service featured video testimonies from several church members. Pastor Aaron Householder, who has served Southview for 10 years, told how God is producing a “kingdom-multiplying effort” through the church.

Southview also is renowned for its Easter pageant called “This Day of Resurrection” which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2016. Dates are:

  • Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m
  • Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m.