Our Church History

Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church (or HAB as it’s known throughout our community) is both a place of great hope and great responsibility in Jacksonville and around the world! We have a humble but honorable history that has been lived out for over 65 years in 25 different countries.


It was in 1945 that a small group of men, women, and children of faith first met to worship God in the Southside/San Marco area of town. Not long after that, they purchased the land where our current campus is located.


Focusing on reverence in worship, ministry to youth and children, and an awareness of the work of God around the world, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church quickly became known as a significant church in Jacksonville and northeast Florida.



Our former pastor Dr. Jack A. Snell once said, “The three most important things about HAB are people, people, and people.”


Whether that means affirming women in ministry or creating a one-of-a-kind athletic league for children…HAB is centered on the reality of God’s grace and presence in an ecumenical and inter-religious global environment.


Discovering God in others is a foundational concept at HAB…one that we’re both proud and humbled by.

A Different Way of Being Baptist



What does it mean that HAB is "a different way of being Baptist"?


Celebrating diversity and bridging differences while searching for truth are the tangible signs of Christ's presence and God's spirit you will experience among the people of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church.  Our world needs those who are committed to the work of reconciliation. We invite you to join us in this meaningful and life-changing call.


What if I am not Baptist, will I be welcomed?


We are glad you are here.  Whether you grew up in a faith environment or are new to the "Church" experience, you are welcomed here. We invite you to come as you are.


What is the denominational affiliation of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church?


We are part of a network of churches called, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, or CBF.  This group of individuals and churches has the vision to be a national and global community bearing witness to the Gospel in partnership with Christians across the nation and around the world.  Read more about CBF.


Does HAB participate in community outreach or mission efforts?


HAB has a long-standing connection with our community. From our Hendricks Avenue Athletic Association  providing baseball opportunites for children, to our Hunger Iniatiative  mission effort to serve those facing food insecurity, we are dedicated to serving and partnering with others to provide for our community's needs. See more about our mission efforts here.

We would love to answer your questions!  Please contact us and let us know how we can help you get connected with our church community.

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