By Baptist Message staff
IOTA – Hurricane Laura has claimed the life of James Cart, pastor of First Baptist Church in Iota.
He died late Wednesday when a tree fell and struck his home north of Iota, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s reported.
Cart, 68, had served as a bivocational pastor of First Iota since September 2011, according to the Annual Church Profile statistical database. The church averages 45 for Sunday morning worship services.
“We are heartbroken to learn of Pastor Cart’s death,” Louisiana Baptists Executive Director Steve Horn told the Baptist Message. “We urge all Louisiana Baptists to pray for his family and his church family.”
Bert Langley, director of missions for Acadia Baptist Association, said Cart was a man who loved to tell others about the love of Christ.
“He came back to pastor in the town he grew up in,” Landley said. “He loved his wife and family. He loved people. He loved his church. He will be missed by all who knew him.”