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A few months after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, a group of ex-slaves organized the first Black Baptist congregation in the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana.  These recently freed slaves saw a need to worship as a body in an official church building.  As a result, on September 1, 1897, Rev. W. M. Moody, Bro. S. Johnson and other Christians organized First Baptist Church.

In 1872, First Baptist Church was erected on property near Bayou Amulet and the American Cemetery on Second Street.  The first pastor of this historical church was Rev. A. Rayford Blount.  This edifice served a dual purpose:  it served as a place to worship God, and also as a school where Professors Apples and Popo taught classes because public education was denied to Blacks at this time.

In 1905, the church was totally destroyed by fire.  The only salvaged article was a bell that was originally used to summon slaves. A division in membership occurred.  Several of the original members built a Brush Arbor for which to worship until another church building was erected in 1907.  The church relocated to its present North Street location on property donated by Pastor Blount who died March 19, 1905.

The succeeding pastors were:  Rev. C. S. Satterwhite who served 1905-1907.  Rev. M. W. Palmer 1907-1915,  erected a small frame building on the present North Street site.  Rev. S. T. Bridges 1915-1942, enlarged the church building, elevated the choir stand and installed a baptismal pool.  Prior to this time the church baptisms were held in Cane River on Front Street. Rev. G. B. Scott 1942-1969,  rebuilt the church and permanently displayed the bell on the front lawn of the church’s grounds.  Under the leadership of Rev. Scott, First Baptist Church conducted the first Vacation Bible School in Natchitoches Parish.  Rev. J. R. Stringer 1970-1973, and Rev. Ameal Jones 1973-1975, were dynamic speakers who won many souls for Christ.  Rev. W. J. Proctor 1975-1982, leadership brought about an expansion project.  An apartment complex with six units was purchased along with a large parking area.  Rev. Glen E. Roberson 1982-1997, brought spiritual guidance.  Unfortunately, under his leadership a second division in membership occurred.  Rev. Monte C. Young, 1998-2002, a vibrant speaker and teacher of the word of God; under his leadership, the New Comers Orientation Class was begun.  In February of 2002, Rev. G. Stanley Lewis was ordained. Rev. Lewis retired in December of 2010  because of ill health.  Under his leadership the church nursery was reinstated and a van was purchased for transportation.  The church continued with a successful Summer Feeding Program. Rev. Lewis was on a mission from God.  He taught and preached the unadulterated word of God.  He assisted the congregation in “Reflecting on the Past and Looking Forward to What Lies Ahead”.  

June, 2011, we welcomed with open arms, our new pastor, Rev. Mitchell C. Herndon, Sr. and his family.  We are a church on the move for Christ. We are Jesus fed and Spirit led. Come join our family and help us live true to our church motto: “The church with a mission, where a sinner finds God and a stranger finds a friend”.




First Baptist Church (North Street)

201 North Street

Natchitoches, LA 71457



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