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ON THE MOVE
Jason (wife Lori) McNaughten is the new pastor of Walker Baptist Church, Walker from First Baptist Church, New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Jeff May is the new pastor at Cypress Baptist Church, West Monroe.
John (wife Adrianne) McCatherty is the new pastor at Rodessa Baptist Church, Rodessa.
Scott Teutsch is the new pastor at Trinity Heights Baptist Church, Shreveport from Plain Dealing Baptist Church, Plain Dealing.
Ron Nation resigns as pastor of Unity Baptist Church, Deville to plant NOW Church in Creola.
James (wife Toni) Brown is the new pastor at Unity Baptist Church, Deville.
Darryl Hoychick retires as pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, Pineville.
Kevin (wife Bobbye) Roberts is the new pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, Pineville.
Bob Colquette is the new pastor Bethany Baptist Church, Lake Charles.
James Pritchard is the new pastor at First Baptist Church, Lafayette.
Brett Cook is the new pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Minden.
Jerry (wife Debra) Pipes is the new pastor at First Baptist Church, Winnfield.
Philip Caples is the new pastor at First Baptist Church, Harrisonburg.
Caleb (wife Paige) Winningham is the new pastor at Belle River Baptist Church, Pierre Part.
Jason Lawson is the new associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Mandeville.
Wayne Dubose is the interim pastor at North Acres Baptist Church, Minden.
John Anderson is the new pastor at Northwoods Baptist Church, Shreveport.
William Pianki is the new the pastor of First Baptist Church, French Settlement.
Jerry Smith is the new pastor at Grace Memorial Baptist Church, Slidell.
Bill (wife Denise) Housley is the new Director of Missions of the Louisiana Baptist Association replacing Jacob (wife Allyson) Crawford, DOM and pastor of Life Point Community Church, Mansura, has moved to New Orleans, where he will be working with the Louisiana Baptist Convention through Gentilly Baptist Church in cooperation with Final Command Ministries to plant non-traditional churches in marginalized communities. His new ministry is called City Life NOLA.
Noah Cox is the new worship leader at First Baptist Church, Folsom.
Austin Bedwell resigns as youth minister at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Shreveport.
Roger Dunlap has retired as pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, Holden.
Charle McCants has retired as pastor of Midway Baptist Church, Livingston.
Scotty (wife Jessica) Blackwell accepts call to become new minister of music at First Baptist Church, Minden steps down as Worship Minister at Houston River Baptist Church, Sulphur.
Kristen Bonnette is the new children’s minister at First Baptist Church, Houma.
Michael (wife Hauwa) Aguillard is the new BCM Director of Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Kayla Frazier is the new associate director at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Baptist Collegiate Ministry.
Sarah Herrington is the new children’s director at Parkview Baptist Church, Monroe.
Cam Hughes is the new youth minister at Ouachita Baptist Church, West Monroe.
Trees Baptist Church, Vivian: Revival: A Call to Repentance, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Sunday 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Wednesday 6:30 p.m. To view online visit our website at www.treesbaptist.org and click the church online tab. Evangelist: Bill Britt. Worship: Robbie and Ellen Briggs. Pastor: Mark Cook.
- Bayou Vista Baptist Church, Morgan City held a “Charles Gilder Day” on July 19 in recognition of 50 years of ministry at Bayou Vista Baptist Church. A special service took place that evening with a fellowship afterwards. Pastor: Steve Kelly.
- First Baptist Church, Pineville: E4 Preaching Conference 2020, September 8, 9 a.m. Speaker: H.B. Charles Jr., Pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida. Pastor: Stewart Holloway.
- 38th annual Men’s Fish Fry Father and Son Night, Sept. 14 at Bethany Camp & Conference Center. Serving Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Speaker: B.J. Maddox, pastor of Rose Park Baptist Church. Music: Rocky Maddox, Rose Park Baptist Church. To register, call Bethany Camp & Conference at 318.938.1221.
- Rose Park Baptist Church, Shreveport: Ladies Comedy Show, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. –noon. To register for this free event call 318.687.8272. Pastor: B.J. Maddox.
Paul “Preach” Carter, 83, passed away May 12 while serving as pastor of Conway Baptist Church, Marion. Through his 65 years of ministry, Carter served as pastor of 14 churches, including serving two of the churches on three different occasions. During this time he was able to have a part in over 7,000 professions of faith. He was the founding pastor of First Baptist Church, Wasilla, Alaska. He engaged in the lives of all his church members, from the youngest to the oldest, establishing relationships that lasted a lifetime. He also was an effective evangelist and preached hundreds of revivals all over the United States. An accomplished outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish and his commercial fishing ability was unrivaled as he literally caught thousands of pounds of catfish. His love for catching fish was only surpassed by his love for being a “fisher of men.” Preach is survived by his wife of 62 years, Audie Carter; sons, Rick Carter and wife Sissy, Randy Carter and wife Heather, and Reggie Carter and wife Norma; sister, Rosa Cain; brother, Jack Carter; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Myra Carter and his beloved grandson Dustin Carter. His race is run and his faith is now sight. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
John Dore` Langley, 86, passed away July 15, 2020. Born January 26, 1934 in Basile, he was the son of Columbus and Marceline (LeDoux) Langley. Dore` graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville with a degree in religious studies. He faithfully served throughout Louisiana for 60-plus years planting numerous churches, including Thornwell Baptist Mission, Pine Island Baptist, and First Baptist Church of Welsh and pastored Kaplan Baptist Church and Jenkins Memorial Baptist in St. Martinville. Even after formally retiring he kept on serving as interim pastor at a number of churches including First Baptist, Franklin, Calvary Baptist, Lafayette, Palestine Baptist in Grant, Woodlawn Baptist, Westwood Baptist in Westlake, Dry Creek Baptist Church and Cornerstone Baptist in Jennings. He enjoyed gardening and visiting with his community. e is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elinor Stozle Langley; son, David Langley of New Iberia, grandchild, Amber Langley (Brian Hoffpauir); great-grandchildren, Shylan Kay and Leland Dore` Hoffpauir; sister-in-law, Bonnie Langley. Bro. Dore` is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Nora Dukes Langley; son, Carl Langley; twin brother, John Noah Langley; brothers, Harold & L. B. Langley; sister, Nora Langley; grandson, Carson Kade Broussard.
Ralph E. Webber, Jr., 89, died on May 28, 2020, at his residence in Vidalia with his family by his side. Born and raised in Catahoula Parish (Jonesville) Louisiana, Webber grew up under the watchful eye of James McNair, pastor of First Baptist Church, Jonesville, after his father passed away when Webber was only nine years old. Ordained to preach in 1950, at the young age of 20 by Jonesville First Baptist Church, Webber served the Lord for more than 70 years. Most recently a member of Vidalia First Baptist Church, he served as pastor of Utility Baptist Church, Jonesville; Sicily Island First Baptist Church; Osyka Baptist of Osyka, MS; First Baptist Church of LaPlace, La; Suburban Baptist Church, New Orleans, La; Vidalia First Baptist Church, Vidalia, La; Harrisonburg First Baptist Church, Harrisonburg, La. He also served as interim pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Natchez, Mississippi; and, numerous other churches in the Delta, LaSalle, and Ouachita Associations of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Webber also served on the Executive Board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention as moderator for the Ouachita Baptist Association and the New Orleans Baptist Association. He was on the Building Committee to build an associational mission office in New Orleans. He served on the Board of Directors to establish the Seaman’s Center in New Orleans that is now known as “Global Maritime Ministries.” He preached in evangelistic crusades in Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Nevada, New York, Jamaica, and South Korea. He taught in seminary extension centers, lay evangelism schools, January Bible studies, doctrine studies and served as a church planter in Nevada. Webber served as Director of Missions with the Louisiana Baptist Convention for 16 years. He worked with 78 Churches in four parishes: Catahoula, Concordia, LaSalle, and Tensas. During this period, two new churches were established, two missions and four ministry centers were also formed. In 1986, the Baptist missions building was built at 100 Mound Street in Jonesville, La. The building was fully equipped for the office work, and the three Associations (Delta/LaSalle/Ouachita) were incorporated as the East Central Baptist Associations. Another building was bought and paid for on Front Street in Jonesville and is being used to house the Bread Crumb Storefront Ministry. His work and ministry at the storefront were featured in a video production by the Home Missions Board. This success story led to three other storefront ministry centers (Jena, Ferriday and Newellton) being established under his leadership. Through the four centers, sponsored by the Associations and the Louisiana Baptist Convention, more than 1000 people were receiving food, clothing, and other necessities each month. During the Christmas season, toys were provided to needy children along with a Christmas dinner. Many other ministries are being conducted through these centers as well, such as Vacation Bible Schools, Backyard Bible Clubs and worship services. Additionally, two seminary extension centers were established to provide teaching and training for church leaders. All the associations provided programs for learning about and doing missions and keeping the needs of the world before the churches. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Sylvia Webber of Jonesville; a son, Ralph Edward Webber III; a great-grandson, Sean Jacob Orr; and a sister, Betty White of Bossier City, Louisiana. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 66 years, Ann Lewis Webber of Vidalia, one daughter Carolyn and husband, Steve Benson of Canton, Ms., one son, Paul Scott Webber of Jonesville, five grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, one sister Ama Rose and husband Tommy Dubell of West Palm Beach, Florida, also, many nieces, nephews, and friends.