By Staff, Baptist Message
Andrew Bates, new as interim youth minister at First Winnfield. Pastor: Stephen Laughlin.
Lewis (wife Erica) Richerson, new as pastor of Woodlawn Baton Rouge.
NOBTS graduates with Louisiana ties: Master of Music: Arthur Ghere, Thibodaux. Master of Divinity: William Carpenter Jr., Walker; Walter Jackson, Monroe; Jason Milton, Kenner; Valarie Oliver, Baton Rouge; Joel Williams, Baton Rouge; Doctor of Educational Ministry: Cindy Townsend, Flowood, Miss., former LBC director of women’s missions and ministry. Doctor of Ministry: Keith Zachary, Slaughter. Doctor of Philosophy: Justin Langford, Baton Rouge.
Rick Wood, new as interim pastor of First Greensburg.
Michael Clark, new as pastoral intern at First Winnfield. Pastor: Stephen Laughlin.
Eric LeFevers, new as minister to students at Amite Denham Springs. Pastor: Terry Booth.
Wendell Dorman resigns as pastor of First Holden.
David Lane, new as pastor of Judson Walker.
James Allen Moak, new as pastor of Red Oak Livingston.
Homecomings, Anniversaries, Revivals
Pine Ridge DeRidder: Revival June 10-13. Evangelist: Scotty McDowell; Music: Mackey and Gail Willis; Pastor: Doug Mitchell.
Salem Plain Dealing: Homecoming July 8 celebrating 168 years. Guest speaker: Leslie Creel – pastor from 1979-95. 11 a.m. worship; 12 noon lunch; 1:15 p.m. singing concert with The Crusaders. Pastor: Eddy Taylor.
Hillcrest Franklinton: 40th anniversary July 15. Pastor: Andrew Voss.
First Greensburg: 147th anniversary 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Guest speaker: Former Pastor Luther Stanford. Interim Pastor: Rick Wood from Madisonville, La. Dinner on the grounds to follow service.
Victory Walker: Dedication services June 10 for new facility. Pastor: Fred Dyess.
First Baptist Golden Meadow: VBS kick off June 16-17 with Puppetmaster Doug Long of Feet with Purpose Ministries of Opelika, Ala. VBS June 20-22. VBS commencement June 24 with Reunion, a Southern Gospel group from Lafayette, Ala Pastor: Bobby Duck.
One Life Baptist Church, now located in a former bar and restaurant on the bank of the Amite River in Ascension Parish: inaugural fishing tournament June 16. Pastor: Frank Valenzano.
Woodlawn Baton Rouge: Summer Bible Conference 9 a.m. to noon June 17. Pastor: Lewis Richerson.
First Baptist Church of Head of Island presents the gospel group Shallow Creek in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the church, 19114 Hwy 22 in Head of Island, Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association. Pastor: Mike Smith.
First Jennings: note-burning was May 27, with Lindsey Burns as guest speaker. Pastor: Jerry Masters.
First DeRidder: gave $9,747.70 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. Its goal had been $8,500. Pastor: Lindsey Burns.
Beauregard Baptist Association: Seventh annual Beauregard Watermelon Festival, 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Proceeds benefit the Beauregard Christian Women’s Job Corps. Director of Missions: Tim Patrick.
Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association’s Youth Ministry Team presents The Forge 2012 Aug. 17-18 at Judson Walker. Speaker: Chad McClurg. Worship leaders: The Grace Well. Connections Disciple Now materials. $20 cost includes t-shirt and meals but not D-Now material. Director of Missions: David Brown.