History of The Bayou Church

God planted a vision in a faithful band of believers from Emmanuel Baptist Church. Their obedience to plant a church east of the bayou on a dirt road has come to fruition and impacted thousands in Acadiana.

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HISTORY TIMELINE

History 1965

1965: Land Purchased

Emmanuel Baptist Church purchases 4.5 acres to plant a church on a two-lane country road now known as Kaliste Saloom Rd.

History 1969

1969: Beadle Furniture Store

East Bayou Baptist Church met for the first time in Beadle’s Furniture Store on Kaliste Saloom Road. 31 people attended the first service.

History 1971

1971: First Building

On a barren cow pasture, East Bayou constructed their first building which included an auditorium, preschool, and fellowship hall.

History 1984

1984: Second Building

The church quickly outgrew the first building, and East Bayou opened the doors of its second building in 1984. A month later, they welcomed a new pastor, Mike Walker, and his wife, Paula, to lead them.

History 1986 2

1986: Roller City Purchased

After renting space from Roller City, East Bayou purchased Roller City and the surrounding land for a new ministry center.

History 1991

1991: Worship Style Changed

East Bayou took a step of faith to reach people by changing from traditional music style to a contemporary and innovative style so people could connect.

History 1996

1996: Movie Set

Robert Duvall and Farah Fawcett filmed the opening scene of The Apostle in East Bayou’s old sanctuary.

History 2003

2003: Third Building

East Bayou Baptist Church moves into the current two-story building which expanded the auditorium seating to nearly 1,000 people. Additionally, the Ministry Center was renovated after  Hurricane Lili.

History 2005

2005: Field Purchased

East Bayou purchased an additional five acres behind the Ministry Center in anticipation of future growth.

History 2011

2011: Final Payment

Through members’ sacrificial giving and prayer, East Bayou made a final mortgage payment to the lending institution to become debt free.

History 2014

2014: Name Change

East Bayou Baptist Church took a bold step of faith to shorten the name to The Bayou Church allowing a broader reach in Acadiana.

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