Our History

History of  Southside

Southside Church began by God’s grace in 1997 in Garner, North Carolina under the leadership of Pastor Phil Spry. The congregation first met at Rand Road Elementary School until 2002 when they moved to their present location in Clayton on 15 acres of land and constructed their first facility. The church continued to grow and launched various ministries, including the beginning of Southside Christian School in 2006.


In the fall of 2006, Pastor Spry retired and Jim Harmeling was called to be its second pastor in December. Since then, God has continued to bless this ministry as it has grown in its ministry outreach both locally and around the world.