A Brief History of Seaview

On June 26, 1862, a meeting was held in Bargaintown to consider the formation of a Baptist Church in the area.  After a season of prayer, it was decided the Somers Point Baptist Church should be chartered as a branch of the Hammonton, New Jersey Church.  The Rev. Thomas Davis was called as the church’s first pastor, and on July 27, 1862, the first baptism and first communion service was held.
 
Seaview Old Building (Optimized)Services were conducted in various locations until the construction of a chapel in Bakersville (now Northfield) was completed November 6, 1870. Independently, The Sea View Union Sunday School was formed during this same period.  The Sea View Union Sunday School met in a public building in Linwood but was displaced by a fire on March 14, 1881.  The Somers Point Baptist Church moved its Bakersville Chapel to Linwood and invited the Sea View Union Sunday School to utilize the relocated chapel.  On May 7, 1882 The Sunday School and Church were united and the name “Seaview Baptist Church” was formally adopted in 1888.
 
In 1959 ground was broken for the present sanctuary.  Four years later an educational wing was constructed.  Seaview Baptist Church reached out to the community as it sponsored the Al Crocker Evangelism Crusade in 1973, brought a Laotian refugee family to the United States in 1976 and provided space for CARING (a senior adult daycare center).  The original parsonage was sold and a more modern ranch style house on Woodlynne Blvd.  was purchased in  1984.
In 1992, the church suffered a devastating fire that destroyed the education wing and caused significant smoke and water damage to the sanctuary.  The enduring attitude of the pastor and congregation saw to the re-construction of the education wing and the refurbishment of the sanctuary.
 
Woman with KidsIn recent years several members of the Church participated in short term mission trips to Thailand, Ecuador, Bacone College, and Kodiak Alaska. Seaview also gives generously to several international mission efforts.
Community outreach has also been a love for Seaview. We have provided monthly ministry to the homeless by serving meals at The Jean Webster Soup Kitchen. Our church also supports the Jean Webster Kitchen through Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches made monthly. Divorce Care, Alcoholics Anonymous, AlAnon., Easter Egg Hunts, Vacation Bible School, Lunch Bunch and Natural Disaster Relief Work Camps round out our reaching into our local community. Our Wednesday Family Dinners and Worship activities  have been very well attended.