About Overland Baptist Church

“Serving Christ by Serving Our Neighbors”

9303 Midland Blvd.
St. Louis , MO 63114-5487
PH: (314) 429-1800
FAX: (314) 429-1983

Our two-fold mission: 1) to seek out and educate Christian believers, helping them to become all that God has created them to be and 2) to be the presence of Christ in our community by serving our neighbors.

Overland Baptist Church is an autonomous congregation affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and CBF Heartland.

Overland Baptist Church is registered with the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.

About our name

Overland Baptist Church has a St. Louis address; but our church is actually located in the city of Overland, Missouri, one of more than ninety small suburban St. Louis County municipalities surrounding the city of St. Louis. Overland was originally called “Overland Park” because it was a popular “park” or overnight stopping point for pioneers traveling west on the Overland Trail. The name was shortened in 1919 to avoid post office confusion with the city of Overland Park, Kansas. Overland is located approximately sixteen miles from the St. Louis riverfront, roughly a one-day journey from St. Louis by Conestoga wagon on the Overland Trail.

How are we different?

As Baptists we have a lot more in common with former President Jimmy Carter than we do with Jerry Falwell.

Women are not second class Christians in our church. They serve equally with the men.

We believe in the separation of church and state. We don’t get involved in politics, participate in religious boycotts or pass out “voter guides.”

We think Christians under the guidance of the Holy Spirit can interpret the Bible for themselves. We practice good scholarship and when there is more than one way of interpreting a Bible passage we’ll present all of the various views and let people make up their own minds.

We are not threatened by honest inquiry. We encourage people to ask questions because it helps them grow spiritually.

Everyone is welcome in our church. You don’t have to “clean up your act” before coming here.

What we believe

Overland Baptist Church does not have a religious creed that people are required to embrace as a condition for membership. However, we have adopted The New Hampshire Confession of Faith as a statement of doctrinal beliefs generally representative of those held by most members in our church. The Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice and the criterion by which we interpret the Bible is Jesus Christ, whose will is revealed in Holy Scripture.