May 2014

Volunteers still needed for Jenkins-led Brazil Mission Trip now in its 30th year

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

MONTES CLAROS, Brazil – In 1984, Wayne Jenkins sensed God calling him to take a team of 10 for street evangelism in Brazil.

Never did he imagine 30 years later the vision would grow into one of the largest Louisiana Baptist-led partnership evangelism efforts.

Today, Jenkins continues to lead a Louisiana Baptist mission team to Brazil, but on a much larger scale.


Muslim student allowed to enroll at Southwestern

Paige Patterson

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson recently acknowledged the seminary has permitted a Palestinian Muslim to enroll in the school’s Ph.D. program in archaeology.

A statement concerning the student in question was posted on the seminary’s  website on May 16. Following is the entire statement:


Louisiana Notables


Justin (wife Alisha) D. Clark new as pastor of First Baptist Church, Lake Providence.


Pisgah Baptist Church, Forest Hill: 125th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration service at 10:30 a.m. on June 29.  Dinner and fellowship will follow. Pastor: Joshua Adams.

First Baptist Church, Harrisonburg: 100th Anniversary Celebration, June 28-29.  Carnival & Fireworks, June 28, beginning at 6 p.m. and a special service on June 29, 10 a.m. which includes Karen Peck & New River, followed by a fish fry.  Pastor: Cory Bruce.


Weather can’t dampen golfer’s spirits in 2014 spring Baptist Golf Fellowship

By Jerry Love, LBF Communications

ALEXANDRIA – Rolling clouds and angry thunderstorms threatened the area and eventually dampened the grounds, but the spirits of the golfers remained high during the Baptist Golf Fellowship held at OakWing Golf Club on May 12-13.

Golfers from all over the state enthusiastically braved impending weather as they met for a good time of golf with food, trophies and prizes thrown in for good measure.


2014 Spring Golf Fellowship Winners

Winners for the 2014 Spring Baptist Golf Fellowship


Ministers Flight  Name    Score

3rd Place             Milton Wilson     116

2nd Place             Jim Phaup            89

1st Place              Harry Forester    84

 Laymen Flight                   

3rd Place             Bill Bingham        87

2nd Place             Frederick Stephens           87

1st Place              Tony Branham    78


2014 Spring Golf Fellowship

Medalist and Team play occurred on Monday afternoon. Even though the weather shortened play for the day, enough holes were completed to declare winners. After the clouds cleared, the Grand Champion of Medalist Play was John Willie of Pineville.