Welcome to Southern

Whether you’re new to church, have been a Christian for many years, or are looking for a fresh start, you’re welcome at Southern Missionary Baptist Church. With an over 70-year rich history, our hope is to take you on a journey where you can experience God, find family, discover where you fit in the body of Christ, and make a difference in the world. While our focus is family, life, faith, and worship, everything that we do as a church is filtered through our focus on building people to live a purpose-driven life.

So what does it mean to Love People and Make Disciples?

Love is the greatest gift of them all and with love, we inspire our congregation to elevate their thinking and continue to evolve to the next level of their lives. Without love, we don’t truly connect to the body of Christ and that connection is needed in order to create disciples for Jesus Christ. We believe that love is at the heart of all things because it helps us prioritize another’s well-being or happiness above our own. We choose to commit, respect, and care for others via the teaching of the word, giving back, and our various programs that are exclusive to Southern Missionary Baptist Church. 

You should join us today and experience Southern for yourself. There is something for kids, teenagers, adults, as well as the seasoned saints. We are a family that welcomes your family. 

Come as you are!


Pastor Xavier L. Thompson flows in all five gifts of the five-fold ministry. He is not only a provocative thinker but a charismatic visionary that teaches the word with authority, clarity, conviction, and courage. 

Pastor Thompson, who likes to be called Xavier serves as the Senior Pastor of the Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, the Saint Paul Baptist Church in Pacoima, and the Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima. Pastor Thompson is a longtime community leader who has committed his life to serve others. Always an advocate to uplift people, Xavier has gained the love and admiration of his members, the local community, religious communities, and leaders across the country with relevant and inspirational messages that transcend church, social, and political boundaries. Xavier loves to impact the community outside of the church walls by serving on various commissions, advisory boards, as well as supporting community engagement initiatives.

Xavier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. Driven by a passionate commitment to see people succeed in every area of their life, Thompson desires to see people live a life of purpose and influence in the right relationship with God. His unfailing dedication and steadfast commitment to strengthening families and enriching experiences through the Word of God and fervent prayer emanates through all facets of ministry.

On October 31, 2018, Xavier received a pathology report that he had stage 3 cancer. With his world rocked, and faith deeply challenged, he stood, on the promises of God in believing prayer. In just 12 months, he was able to testify of the supernatural, miraculous, healing power of Jesus. Today and forever, he is cancer-free and to God be the glory for the mighty things He has done.

Xavier resides in Southern California with his wife, Rinnita, and their three children – Jor’Dynn Simone, Emani Noel, and Xavier II.

​His encouragement to all is that whatever your faith-challenge may be, please allow him to encourage you to believe in God. He is well able. Xavier lives by God’s word, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37