Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville is situated on the St. Johns River in the historic First Coast region of Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville metropolitan area’s proximity to area lakes, beaches, world-class golf courses and other outdoor attractions have made this community a popular locale for both residents and visitors. Nearby historic attractions include St. Augustine (the nation’s oldest city), Ft. Caroline National Monument (settled by the French Huguenots in 1564), Kingsley Plantation (Ft. George Island, built in 1792), and the Golden Isles of southeast Georgia (Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, and St. Simons Island).

Jacksonville is just a few miles from the majestic Atlantic Ocean. The semi-tropical, sun-kissed climate enjoys seasonal fluctuations but remains relatively temperate year-round.


Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church (HAB) hosts the Institute for Worship Studies. HAB has a large, beautiful campus with an elegant sanctuary that is only eight years old. It is situated in the historic San Marco area just south of downtown Jacksonville, just a few blocks from the picturesque St. Johns River. Particular outreach emphases of the church include fine arts, sports, special needs children and adults, and counseling. Additionally, three immigrant congregations hold weekly worship services at the church.

Morning chapels and evening worship practicums are held in the main church building. Classes are convened in various classrooms around the HAB campus. The church’s fellowship hall serves as the refectory and activity hub for the week. The Family Life Center Building houses the school’s administrative offices, library and student lounge with wireless internet access.

There are a number of grocery stores, shops, malls and restaurants nearby, some within walking distance of the campus.


For information on housing options during the on-campus intensives, see our Housing page.