Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church was founded 1885. We are a Historic Church located in the Heart of Nashville that loves Christ, God's People and the community. Our church motto is, “The House of Faith for the Family.” It is important to us that the home and family be sacred. We are also a congregation that practices authentic kinship and consistently strives to cultivate a beloved community inside and beyond the church walls.
Our church ministries include: Love Kitchen for the homeless, the Forever Young (a ministry for seniors), the Usher/ Greeter Ministry, the Community Development Corporation (CDC); the ChristFund, an endowment to provide scholarships for high school graduates; Children’s Church, an expanded Christian Education Department; the Nineveh Outreach Program; the Angel Food Ministry, the Bus Ministry; the Radio Worship Program; LifeSpring (grief and pastoral counseling ministry); Psalm 46 (a disaster preparedness ministry) and many other initiatives which expand the church beyond the wall of the physical building.
What makes a church successful in a time when debate rages about the health of organized religion? In 1999, a small team of researchers posed that question and decided to find "the best of the best" outstanding congregations in America. Criteria included innovative but reverential worship, Bible-based but not "feel good" preaching, openness to diversity and collaborative decision-making. From a pool of more than 100,000 churches Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church was one of nine Nashville-area churches chosen because it "talked the language of people's needs, not bureaucracy." In an article appearing in the January 28, 2001 edition of The Tennessean, a researcher who led the project wrote, "At Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, Pastor William Buchanan hugs homeless people even when they disrupt the service."