After launching The Stone County Campus in the fall of 2017, Venture Church knew that God was continuing to lead us south. We enjoyed the chance to get to know our new community by hosting Camp Venture at two Gulf Coast locations in the summer of 2018.
God continued to open doors as we partnered with the staff and faculty of Gulfport High and began hosting monthly worship experiences in July 2018. The Gulf Coast Campus launched on Easter Sunday 2019 and began meeting weekly. Over the next three years, the Gulf Coast Campus spent every weekend setting up the church at a high school campus, worshiping together, tearing down kids classrooms and worship equipment, and packing it up until the next weekend. During that time, we welcomed hundreds of first-time guests and witnessed incredible life change.
In 2022, God made a way for Venture Church to purchase a facility that would become the permanent home to The Gulf Coast Campus. On Easter Sunday 2022, The Gulf Coast Campus came together and worshiped as a church family for the first time in their new campus home. We hope that you will join us as we pray for all that God will continue to do along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
After graduating from University of Southern Mississippi (SMTTT) in 2014, Gulf Coast Campus Pastor Blake Houston joined the Venture Church staff through the very first class of the LEAD Team Apprenticeship Program. Blake has served in many roles at Venture, including Church Online and now Campus Pastor on the Gulf Coast. Blake and his wife, Lauren, have two children, Henley Grace and Hatcher. Blake loves a good book, a well-cut yard, and any type of football.
Partnering with families to raise a generation who knows, loves, and follows Jesus.