Our church sits near the “front porch” of Gulfport, the beautiful Jones Park and newly renovated harbor. This is just one of the positive developments going on in Gulfport, and along the coast. Home to the Barksdale Pavilion, a new lighthouse, and expansive green space this is a wonderful example of the significant rebuilding that has taken place all along the Coast in the ten years since Katrina. The beautiful Gulf of Mexico and Coast beaches are right outside our back door. Our church offers the best location in Gulfport to see the fireworks on the fourth of July, whether you’re sitting on our “shoofly” under the oaks or in a comfortable folding chair.
Gulfport, Mississippi is the second largest city in Mississippi, and is the county seat of Harrison County. The most recent census information from the government is as of 2013, and the population of Gulfport is just over 71,000 people, a 4.8% increase since 2010. 25% of the population is under 18 years old, and 11.6% is older than 65. The demographics breakdown of the community shows diversity with 57% White, 36% African American, 5% Hispanic or Latina, and 2% other. The median income level is $37,610, and 25% of the population lives below poverty level. Like many cities in Mississippi, we are working to improve the economic well-being of our population.