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In the early 1970s, God placed a burden in the hearts of a handful of believers with a vision to start a church on the Southeast side of Indianapolis (Franklin Township).  After a few years of meeting in their homes, this small group were able to purchase a plot of land (an open field with a horse barn) on Shelbyville Road.  


The old horse barn was renovated into their first church sanctuary (it is now the current fellowship hall).  Over the years, God has continued to bless SBT and in 2008 we built a larger sanctuary where we worship and study God's Word together to this day.

Our Story

Senior Pastor

John D. Ray

Pastor John has been the pastor of SBT since 1991.  His wife, Melody, is involved in many aspects of the ministry. Pastor John uses expository preaching of the Scripture to encourage growth and to challenge the congregation to a greater understanding of the Word.

Assistant & Missions Pastor

Brett Cournoyer

Pastor Brett joined the staff in May of 2020. He, his wife Jenelle, and child are excited to be a part of the ministry at SBT. Pastor Brett oversees our young adults ministry, missions, and our children's ministries. 

Youth Pastor

Taylor Woods

Pastor Taylor joined the SBT staff as Youth Pastor in June of 2024. He and his wife Madi are passionate about sharing the Word of God through the SBT Youth Ministry. 

Meet the Pastors

God has blessed our church with pastoral leadership that lives out the Word in their lives, not just their teaching. Each pastor has been uniquely gifted in his area of ministry.


We Believe

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

  • The Bible is the perfect, inspired Word of God and is therefore without error.  As such it is our sole authority of faith and practice.

  • There is one true God Who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, rose from the dead bodily, is now ascended unto the Father and will return for His church.

  • ​God has provided salvation through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross, and by accepting His shed blood as the payment for the sins of mankind.  Salvation is appropriated by grace, through faith in Christ's atoning death.  Once saved, the soul is eternally secure in Christ.

  • Believers should: follow the Lord in baptism by immersion; participate regularly in the Lord's Supper; live righteously, soberly, and godly in this present world.

  • The Bible teaches an eternal heaven for those saved through faith in Christ and eternal punishment for the unsaved.

  • We believe that the Church is God’s family, and has been given the mission to share the message of Jesus with the world. 

  • We believe that Jesus Christ has promised to return at the close of history to bring God’s kingdom to earth.


The mission of Southeast Baptist Tabernacle

Explore God’s truth

Experience His grace

Express His love



  richly serve as God’s hands and feet in the world.  It is made up of broken but forgiven people who model Christ’s love to others.  In reality, the church is not a physical location or building, but a gathering of forgiven people.

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