To see photos and read updates about our progress during renovations:
Parking/Entrance Changes During Construction
• The Breezeway entrance and West Atrium entrance (by library) will be unavailable. You may enter through the East Atrium (covered drop-off), Choir Room entrance, Preschool, Chapel, or Portico (back Academy entrance near creek).
• Visitor Parking – spaces closest to the building on the Silverdale Rd. side
• Preschool Parents & Senior Adult Parking – parking lots on either side of Silverdale Road
• Parents of Children (K-5th grade) Parking – across the creek (enter through Portico entrance)
• Other members – please park on Walker Rd., near the Office Annex, or across the creek
Directional signs will be posted to help you navigate throughout our building. Click here for a PDF of parking areas.
Shuttles are available on Sunday mornings to transport members from our outer parking areas. Shuttle Stops are at the Office Annex and the Athletic Complex. If you are at least 21 years old and would like to volunteer to drive a shuttle, please contact .
Why the changes? We’ll give you 151,200 reasons.
According to the 2010 census of Chattanooga, within a 10-mile radius of Silverdale Baptist, there are over 294,000 people. 51% of them are unchurched. That means 151,200 people are right outside our walls – needing family, needing faith, needing Jesus Christ. One day, we will be held accountable to God for what we did or didn’t do to reach those 151,200 people. They are why we make so many changes. They are why we build new buildings. They are why do so many outreach projects. They are the reasons.
How can we change anything?
By touching one person at a time. Look at the lives we touched last year:
- Backyard Bible Clubs reached 250 children.
- Fall Festival touched 2000 people, most from our community.
- When the tornadoes hit, we gave gift cards and cash, donated a car, cut down trees, set up a drop-off location for food and clothing, and gave of ourselves to help our neighbors who were hurting.
- At Christmas, we sent 675 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, provided 20% of the food for the Share Your Christmas food drive, and gave 500 children at Orchard Knob Elementary lunch and a Christmas gift in Jesus’ name.
- Over 500 people did service projects around our city as part of Actions Speak Louder.
- Hundreds of our members went on short-term trips both locally and around the world.
- Over 300 people came to faith in Jesus Christ through our Ladies Christmas Tea, Men’s Wild Game Dinner, Easter service, and regular worship services.
In the last ten years, over 1500 new members joined our church. But our community grew by 30,000. We are only scratching the surface! There are 151,200 more reasons for us to be more passionate and more intentional this year.
What we’ve accomplished…
As part of our Epicenter campaign, more than $2,800,000 has been given toward renovations and construction. We have completely renovated our sanctuary by adding 500 new theater-style seats, upgrading our sound and lighting equipment, and extending the balcony. These renovations allowed us to return to two services on Sunday mornings. We also built a brand new student ministry building designed specifically for middle and high school students. All student activities now take place in this building.
The next phase of construction consists of building additional education space (which will include preschool and adult classrooms, a Commons area, more restrooms and a plaza area).
How can I be part of what God is doing through Epicenter?
Pray – we need your prayers for wisdom, direction and God’s blessing as we move forward with the vision He has given us.
Give – you can give to the Epicenter campaign and make these changes possible through the Sunday or Wednesday offering, by mailing a donation to the church office, or by donating online.
Be Faithful – just by attending regularly and participating in the ministries of our church, you are a part of Epicenter.
Reach Out – Impacting Our Culture is only possible through our members. Invite your coworkers and friends to church, take a meal to someone who is hurting, coordinate a service project in the community, send a note of encouragement…your options are endless. Ask God how He wants you to reach out to the 151,200 people in our community who need Him.
If you would like to hear more about the initial plans and purpose of Epicenter, read this letter from Bro. Tony.