Bert Langley, now director of missions here, never set out to become a pastor.
GULF COAST BAPTIST ASSOCIATION – Bert Langley, now director of missions here, never set out to become a pastor.
“After I got out of the military in 1964, I came to Lafayette to go to school at USL, now known as the University of Louisiana-Lafayette,” he said. “I first majored in business and then I decided on computer science, because it was an up and coming field.”
“But I couldn’t find a peace in either of those fields,” Langley said. “I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.”
God did, however.
“God began dealing with my heart,” Langley said. “Before long, I came to the decision He wanted me to serve him from the pulpit, so I found myself at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
“Still, I really had no clear idea of what I would be doing … serving in an area of the ministry or working with churches,” he said, reflecting back on his indecision. “I believe God truly has a sense of humor and he must chuckle when he looks back on how he uses us. He really must have chuckled in my case.”
Three years later (1978), Langley graduated with a Masters of Divinity, but decided not to pursue any more courses, as his interest was in doing work in the church rather than in academics.
With God’s help, he said he was able to quickly find his focus. It has enabled him to pastor four churches and presently serves as the DOM for both the Gulf Coast and Evangeline associations.
“Working alongside the pastors of the associations and the people in the churches of the association has been a tremendous joy for me,” he said. “Because of what God did in my life, I have been able to meet some of the finest people.
Having served the Gulf Coast and the Evangeline Associations for the last 13 years has been another of the many blessings bestowed on him. He said the building of cross-associational mission teams between the two associations to be one of his most worthwhile efforts.
“God has put on my heart to keep missions alive here in a mission territory,” said Langley. “In an area where there are missions, we sometimes overlook there are other people who are also in need.
“It has been a blessing to be able to send to other missions,” he said. “I know it is what God wants me to do.”