|The History of
Satsuma Baptist Church
In Livingston, Louisiana
the first fifty years
Nancy T. McCon
A History of Satsuma Baptist Church
the first fifty years
For fifty years Satsuma Baptist Church has stood as a beacon of hope and faith in the Satsuma community. The church has seen the community evolve from mostly an undeveloped rural area of Livingston Parish to a populated residential neighborhood. Through it all the church has continued to be a steadfast presence for the cause of Christ in the community. Now with the influx of commercial developers and a new medical complex, God has positioned Satsuma Baptist Church to have an evermore-burgeoning impact on a lost and dying world.
As one surveys the heritage of Satsuma Baptist Church, the unmistakable keys for its success and endurance are readily evident. Trust in the unsurpassed power of the Holy Spirit has continued to lift and carry the church through the tough times. Also, one would be remiss to overlook the undying resolve and perseverance for the cause of Christ by its members. These two factors will continue to be its keys for success and longevity in the next fifty years.
As God brings the church new opportunities for missions and ministry, those challenges can only be met with the same tireless resilience and commitment. May God continue to shine His light upon Satsuma Baptist Church, and may we continue to proclaim the gospel message to the nations.
A History of Satsuma Baptist Church
the first fifty years
In the early thirties, cottage prayer meetings were being held in the Satsuma community which comprised a several mile radius north and south of Highway 190 and east and west of Cane Market Road and South Satsuma Road. Brother Willie Graham, a lay minister from Judson Baptist Church, continued these prayer meetings beginning in 1938. Many families were receptive to the ministry being done by Brother Graham and several other lay ministers who continued the work until 1950 when Walker Baptist Church became the sponsoring church.
On September 9-11, 1957, the first lawn revival or “Brierpatch revival” was conducted with Rev. Herman Wilkinson preaching and Rudolph Peak leading the singing. These “Brierpatch Revivals” continued to be held each evening for one week each year at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Arledge. The Arledges lived down a lane which is now known as Arledge Road. His son W.D. and his wife Edrie members at Satusma continued to live at the site of the “Brierpatch Revivals” until their deaths. Bobbie Collins Arledge, longest living continuous member of the church, remembers attending these meetings as a child. These revivals opened the way for the organization of Satsuma Baptist Church.
In the early 50’s Gerald Wascom, a young man attending Southeastern University and a member of Walker Baptist Church, was impressed to begin mission work in the Satsuma area. He and Brother Herman Wilkinson spent much time in prayer about this project. They were led to make a census of the community and when the results were tabulated, Gerald and Brother Wilkinson found good indication for a mission. They canvassed the community for property on which to build a building, but they had no success. However, Brother Homer Barnett, our District Missionary at the time, was able
to acquire an acre of land from Gaylord Container Corporation about a quarter-of a-mile from Hwy 190 down the South Satsuma Road.
In 1958, Reverand J. C. Albritton returned to the area and became a member at Walker Baptist Church. On February 5, 1958, he accepted the Satsuma mission responsibility and Walker Church pledged cooperation. A quote taken from the Walker Church minutes reflects Brother Wilkinson’s concern for the Satsuma Mission. He asked the church to “give her wholehearted support and pray that our God shall wonderfully bless in this effort.
Early spring of 1958, the groundbreaking services were held. “It was with great joy that the people sang, read scripture, admonished one another, and prayed,” before Brother Albritton took the shovel and broke the ground. The first building materials used were “usable materials taken from the old two-story building” that was formerly Walker Baptist Church.” These materials were used to build a sanctuary and four Sunday School rooms.
On Sunday, September 27, 1959, at 2:00 p.m., people from Satsuma and Walker gathered to dedicate the building and the ministries that would be accomplished therein. Brother Wilkinson speaking of Bro. Albritton said, “He certainly did a wonderful piece of work along with all concerned.” Also, at this dedication service, Walker Baptist Church donated pews, hymnals, a pulpit stand, and literature for the first quarter. The second article of agreement between the two churches stated that this extension work would be known as the Satsuma Baptist Mission thereafter. In addition it was agreed at this time that the members of Satsuma Mission would be responsible for all debt incurred. The next week,on October 4, 1959, with Rev. John Causey, pastor of First Baptist Church in Denham Springs, serving as moderator, the Satsuma Baptist Mission members voted unanimously to accept Bro. J. C. Albritton as the first pastor.
Minutes of the church state that there were twenty-eight members received during the Sundays of September 28 and October 4. Some of these were baptized at the evening services at the Walker Baptist Church. These twenty-eight members compose the charter membership of Satsuma Baptist Mission.
A List of Charter Members
Rev. J. C. Albritton Hampy Galman Bertha Cresie *
Mrs. Addie Albritton J. D. Hill Roy Easterbrooks *
Lewis Albritton Mrs. Idell Hill Edna Easterbrooks *
Daisy Albritton James Morgan Lonnie Herring *
Wallace Arledge Maude Morgan Donna Herring *
Dale Dixon Randall Morgan Barbara Dell Smith Morgan *
John Galman Donald Morgan. Mrs. Shirley Stafford *
Ruby Galman Alma Seefield Bowers Stafford, Jr. *
Johnny Reed Galman E. W. Seefield James Ray Morgan *
* These nine people were received for baptism during the period of September 28 –
October 2, 1959.
The Record of Ministers who have served at Satsuma Baptist Church as full-time, part-time, or interim is made up of 17 different names. Dr. A. L. Palmer served as interim on three different occasions; therefore, the record shows that the church has had nineteen different pastors over the last fifty years. Six of the part-time pastors attended seminary during their ministry at Satsuma. Four of the seventeen served the church as their final pastorate before retiring. In addition, the church has ordained two young men to the ministry; at the present time, both are still serving the Lord as pastors. On March 28, 1975, Norris Landry was the first to be ordained, and on April 9, 1989, Steve Arledge was ordained. It is with pride that Satsuma Baptist Church has been used of God as a training church to give young ministers experience in pastoring a church.
The story about how Norris Landry became part of Satsuma Baptist Church history should be recorded. During the pastorate of Rev. Art Lobell, he went to the hospital to visit the sick. While there he met a young couple, Norris and Donna Landry. This couple’s baby had just died. Rev. Lobell consoled them in their sorrow and witnessed to them about Jesus. They began visiting Satsuma Church, and in September, 1972, they both made professions of faith and became very active in the church. The membership watched this couple as they grew spiritually. After a while Norris felt the Lord leading him into full-time Christian service. Norris has been in the ministry ever since; he is now pastor at Hessmer Baptist Church.
A list of Pastors and the Dates They Served
J. C. Albritton October 4, 1959 April 29, 1964
W. A. Robinson May 13, 1964 March 17, 1965
R. L Cook (interim 1965) March 1, 1966 February 9, 1968 (?)
Eric Hayward (interim) June 4, 1969 September 28, 1969
Paul Stephenson January 11, 1970 February 1972
Arthur Lobell July 2, 1972 November 25, 1973
Raymond Cox February 24, 1974 May 2, 1976
J. C. Chandler (interim) June 6, 1976 September 26, 1976
S. J. Sylvest November 7, 1976 June 30, 1980
Aubrey Foster September 14, 1980 March 20, 1983
Loyd Sowers June 12, 1983 September 4, 1988
A. L. Palmer (interim) November 23, 1988 September 17, 1989
Gregory Robbins October 1, 1989 March 23, 1995
A. L. Palmer (interim) May 7, 1995 May 18, 1995
Stephen Horn May 25, 1995 October 31, 1999
Tom Cobb (interim) December 1999 April 15, 2001
Terry Werline April 22, 2001 December 5, 2001
A. L. Palmer (interim) December 23, 2001 August 18, 2002
Andrew Voss August 25, 2002
Satsuma Baptist Church has been blessed with Spirit filled men who have taken the office of Deacon very seriously. The church records state that the first deacon James M. Sullivan who had been ordained as a deacon at Judson Baptist Church was accepted into the church as a deacon in October, 1962, during Rev. Albritton’s pastorate. The church recognized him as a deacon; therefore, it is assumed that he served the church as an active deacon. However, during the pastorates of Reverends Robinson and Cook there is no evidence of a deacon serving the church. On April 10, 1970, the church voted to recognize Alexander Boyd Terrell, Sr. as an active deacon of Satsuma Baptist Church. Mr. Terrell had been ordained at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. The church clerk stated in the record that Mr. Terrell was the first recognized deacon of Satsuma Baptist Church. This leaves a question as to whether Mr. Sullivan was voted in as an active deacon or whether the right research was done concerning this fact. Mr. Terrell served as the lone deacon until 1974.
On March 17, 1974 the church held its first deacon ordination service. Jerry Higginbotham, Jessie Hill, Valrie McCon, and Bobby Sibley were ordained. Bro. Terrell continued to serve on the Deacon Board until his death in 1986. At the present time, Jerry Ballard, Ralph Bryson, and Ray Wascom serve as active deacons of Satsuma Baptist Church.
Satsuma Baptist Church has seen people united and reunited throughout its fifty years. One interesting story is about two people meeting in the church after many years of separation. In 1967 while Bro. Cook was pastor, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Terrell joined the church. It had been 50 years since he had seen Bro. Cook. The interesting thing about this meeting is that Bro. Cook had baptized Bro.Terrell in 1917 when Rev. Cook was the pastor of Jones Creek Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. They were both thrilled to get to work together again in church.
List of Active Deacons and Year of Ordination (at Satsuma) or Beginning Service
James M. Sullivan 1962 Jerry Ballard 1977 (ordination)
Alexander B. Terrell 1970 Tommy Bryson 1977 (ordination)
Jessie Hill 1974 (ordination) Burhman Gates 1977 (ordination)
Valrie McCon 1974 (ordination) Randy Morgan 1977 (ordination)
Bobby Sibley 1974 (ordination) Ramsey Huffman 1998
Edgar Roberts 1976 James Foster 1998
Lonnie Vaughn 1976 Ralph Bryson 2005 (ordination)
Jerry Higginbotham 1977 (ordination) Ray Wascom 2005 (ordination)
David says in Psalms 100 “Come before His presence with singing.” As the congregation joins in the song service, hearts are lifted and prepared for the message; therefore, the music leader is a very important job in the church. There is no early record of who led the music when Reverend Albritton or Reverend Robinson were serving as pastors. The records show that Bro. Johnny Gallman was elected Sunday School Superintendent in 1959; therefore, it is a possibility that he was the first music leader. The earliest recollection is of Brother Johnny Gallman leading the music when Reverend Cook was pastor. Bro. Gallman passed away in 1967. At that time Valrie McCon began leading the music as an unpaid worker. He continued to do so for the next seven years. During this time he led an adult choir and a youth choir. Nancy McCon led a children’s choir and Terry Jean Bryson led a youth ensemble “The Good News Singers.” Both choirs performed at other churches and activities. An exciting service at the church at this time was the fifth Sunday singings. The church was always filled to standing room only. The people of the church and community loved to sing. After Bro. McCon moved from the church, Jerry Higginbotham then Burhman Gates served as unpaid music leaders. On April 8, 1979 the church called C. W. Cutrer as its first paid music director.
List of Music Leaders/Directors
Johnny Gallman no record - until his death in 1967 (volunteer)
Valrie McCon 1967 (seven years) volunteer
Jerry Higginbotham 1975 (volunteer)
Burhman Gates Off and on throughout the years (volunteer)
Lonnie Vaughn 1977 (volunteer)
C. W. Cutrer 1979 (six months)
Darwin Brecheen 1981 (10 months)
David Bitner resigned July 13, 1983 (no record when he began)
David Crowe 1986 (1 year 5 months)
Michael Taylor 1991 (2 years 7 months)
Henry Geter 1997 (4 years 11 months)
Leslie Falks May 8 2005 – present
Pianist and Organist
Music has always been a vital part of the ministry at Satsuma Baptist Church, and for a small church it has always blessed with talented pianists and organists. The first pianist was Miss Daisy Albritton (Duffy), probably the daughter of Rev. Albritton ; Rev. Robinson visited Satsuma Church a few years after leaving, and his wife played the piano. Therefore, it can be assumed that she played the piano while Rev. Robinson was pastor. Mrs. R. L. Cook played the piano while her husband was pastor of the church, as well as Barbara Cox during her husband’s pastorate (she played the organ as well). An organ was donated to the church at this time. A history of the church would be incomplete if David Easley’s story was left out.
Just as Satsuma Church has been used to launch the ministry of many preachers, it was used to launch the ministry of David Easley. David started attending Satsuma Baptist Church when he was 13. The first evening he came he surprised us all by playing “How Great Thou Art” on the piano. He first played for the children’s choir, then the
Good News Singers after Barbara Cox left the church. Eventually David played for the church services. David’s natural talent and training has been recognized in our association, and he has been hired to play piano in several churches. Satsuma Church was blessed to have been a part of David’s spiritual training as we watched him grow musically.
Pianos and Organs
In the early minutes it is stated that Walker Baptist Church agreed to underwrite the purchase of a piano, with the understanding that the members of Satsuma Baptist Mission would be responsible for monthly payments. An invoice dated March 8, 1977, for an used Baldwin organ with bench, valued at $395 was donated by Henry E. Coats, Sr. On April 3, 1978, the church voted to purchase a new piano from Werlein’s (1,798 + tax). This piano is presently in the fellowship hall. June 12, 1985 the church voted to buy an organ from St. John United Methodist Church for $700. Tom and Nan Hudson donated a new Yamaha Clavinova on June 8, 2006. The offertory music played on these instruments by Sarah Johnson and Linda McDaniel add so much to the spirituality of the worship service. Satsuma Baptist Church is so very grateful to God for providing excellent music instruments and extra special ladies to play them.
A List of Pianist and Organist
Daisy Albritton (Duffy) piano 1959 - 1964
Mrs. W. A. Robinson piano 1964 - 1965
Grace Cook piano 1965 - 1968
Susan Morgan piano (dates not known)
David Easley piano (dates not known)
Barbara Cox piano & organ 1974 - 1976
Elaine Arnold piano 1974 -
David Easley piano 1976 –
Mrs. S. J. Sylvest organ 1976 – 1980
Mandy Roberts piano 1977 -
Nan Hudson piano 1981 - 1996
Linda McDaniels piano & organ 1983 - present
Sara Johnson piano 1997 - present
For a while the church did not have a pianist, and different ladies from other churches would come play on a Sunday. Some of these were Joy Ervin, Quida Brown, Deloris Stafford, and Barbara Bush (member of church).
A List of Other Staff Workers ( * indicates unpaid)
Freddie Arnold Minister of Education June 23, 1974 – October 8, 1975 *
Darwin Brecheen Youth and Music Minister September 20, 1981
Michael Taylor Youth and Music Minister May 19, 1991 – November 21, 1993
Susan Strozier Church Secretary January 7, 1998 – December 5, 2001
David Cook Youth Director November 21, 1999
Kelli Messina Children Director March 30, 2003 – July 10, 2005
Otis Voss Youth Director June 1, 2003 - present
Jack Lay Children Director October 11, 2009 – present
The church clerk is responsible to see that notes are taken during business meetings and recording them accurately in the record book. The clerk is to see that the records are kept safe and available for whenever they are needed. The clerk is also responsible for keeping an up-to-date roll. In many respects, the church clerks of Satsuma have done their job well. In most cases, the records are very detailed and tedious to read; on the other hand, there are times when motions were made, but then never mentioned again as to their fulfillment. There are a least two years of records missing. Nevertheless, the records were valuable in preparing the history of Satsuma Baptist Church.
A List of Church Clerks
Maude Morgan (Mrs. James) October 11, 1959
Grace Cook Dates missing
Sandra King Dates missing
Sara Ann (Patsy) Ballard September 06, 1972 – July 09, 2003
Kristine (Clements) Fletcher August 06, 2003 -
Those who have held the office of church treasurer are those men and women who have proven themselves trustworthy. The responsibilities of church treasurer are to keep an accurate record of all funds received and to pay bills and salaries. The treasurer reports to the church during business meeting on how money was received and how it was disbursed. There have been periods of time when the church struggled financially. The treasurer found it difficult to pay bills and the preacher’s salary. Nevertheless, the church made it through these difficult times, and it is now financially secure
A List of Church Treasurers
Jessie D. Hill October 11, 1959 – February 09, 1966
Cecil Monroe February 09, 1966 – September 13, 1978
Terry Jean Bryson (Sylvest) September 13, 1978 – July 04, 1979
Tommy Bryson July 04, 1979 – September 12, 1979
Albert Langley September 12, 1979 – September 10, 1980
Tommy Bryson September 10, 1980 – July 11, 1982
Jerry Ballard July 11, 1982 – August 6, 2003
Linda McDaniel August 6, 2003 -
Satsuma Baptist Church began as a mission church. Some dedicated people saw a need and followed the Lord’s directions. The church received gifts from the Georgia Barnett State Missions’ offering during the period of 1963 – 1978.
A list of money received
$5,800 for the completion of educational building in 1966.
$1,000 received for a land grant in 1968
$25,000 was received as pastoral salary supplements during 1966-1976.
$18,000 was given as a parsonage loan for a period of fifteen years at 6% in 1972.
Woman’s Missionary Union
The first recorded Mission organization at Satsuma Baptist Church is a Woman’s Missionary Society that was organized October 10, 1967. Nancy McCon was the first WMU director and WMS president during 1967-1975. The WMS met in the homes of the ladies in the community. There were approximately ten active members. Later in March, 1968 a Girl’s Auxiliary was organized with about five active members. There was a YWA led by Phoebe Higginbotham. This named changed in 1970 to Acteens. During 1972-73 Deloris Lobell led the Acteens, which was a large group of young women. On February 6, 1974, the minutes read that there were six WMU organizations with a total enrollment of 47 and an average attendance of 25. During this same year the WMU attained Merit rating and the Giant Step Award. There is no record of another organization for young women after 1973. Marcia Bryson led the Girls in Action 1976-1980. Again, this was a large group of young girls who participated. During Kelli Messina’s ministry as Children’s Director she began a GA: however, it did not last very long. In 1970 when Woman’s Missionary Union went through a change the name of the women’s group changed to Baptist Women. Terry Bryson (Mrs. Tom) was WMU Director and leader of the Baptist Women during the years 1976-1991. Verna Dee Lee became WMU Director in 1991 and served until 2009. Patti Swaggart started serving as WMU in August 2009. At the present time there are no WMU youth or children’s organizations in the church.
One of the WMU Director’s responsibilities is to plan a Ladies’ Day at the church. However, the first and second Ladies’ Days were planned by Dee Banta in 1999 and 2000. Verna Dee Lee began planning the Ladies’ Day after that. She planned those for 2001-2009.
A memorable story about WMU accorded in 1974. The WMU produced a play about Lottie Moon during December of 1974. Many members of the congregation, including children, performed in the play. It was well received by the church and the community. One of the most memorable parts was when the children sang Jesus Loves Me in Chinese. It was later learned that the song was not correctly sung in Chinese; just a few people knew and had a good laugh.
Brotherhood / Baptist Men
The men’s mission organization organized in 1973. There are two names listed in the minutes as leaders: Fran Tibbitt, 1973 and Randy Morgan 1974. On January 4, 1978, Randy Morgan made a motion that Satsuma Baptist Church take part in Baptist Men’s Day on January 29. For a period of time, the men sponsored a Royal Ambassadors. The men also met for mission study and to plan mission action projects. Each year they had a prayer breakfast before Sunday School, possibly on Baptist Men’s Day. Link Olsen was elected in 1999 to serve as Baptist Men Director.
Flowers and Cards
This history would not be complete without mentioning the ministry performed by several ladies throughout the years. Margaret Johnson supplied flowers for the sanctuary until she left the church.. After that Carolyn Deer has very consistently seen that our sanctuary is decorated. Within the last few years Linda Chrisman has worked with her.
Another important ministry is that of sending cards, especially to those who are ill. For many years, Mrs. Hazel Blackwell accepted this responsibility. She was faithful until she had to go to the nursing home. The church members have missed receiving one of Mrs. Blackwell’s cards, but they will never forget Mrs. Blackwell.
Highlights of the Past Fifty Years
(Not mentioned in the Narrative)
September 27, 1959. First services were held at the Satsuma Baptist Mission building at 2:00 p.m.; Herman B. Wilkinson was Moderator.
November 2, 1960. Mission members voted to brick veneer the building. A building committee was appointed, and the work was completed in 1961.
July 3, 1962. Members voted to start a building fund with $50.25, which had been given to the mission by the Eastern Louisiana WMU Association.
October, 1962. Members voted to petition Walker Baptist Church to be constituted into a self-governing body.
June, 1964. A communion set was purchased, with the stipulation that it could be paid for by monthly payments.
July, 1964. The mission was faced with the dilemma of where to hold services in the event reconstruction of South Satsuma Road made it necessary to find temporary quarters.
September 27, 1964. Satsuma Baptist Mission became Satsuma Baptist Church. The occasion was marked with a three-day revival, and concluded with a constitution service. Charter membership would remain open until December 27, 1964.
September, 1964. The church recognized the need for an educational building and took some positive steps to increase the building fund. Rev. and Mrs. Robinson jointly requested that his monthly salary be paid to the building fund. The church agreed that each household and/or individual would give one percent of their monthly income to the building fund, in addition to their tithes and offerings. (note: $11.10 was collected for the Lottie Moon Offering that year.)
June 1965. Home Life Magazine was added to the church budget. At that time, average attendance in Sunday School and morning worship was 35.
September, 1965. The decision was made to break ground for the educational building, and a building committee was selected.
January 30, 1966. The church agreed to accept a donation from Crown-Zellerbach Corporation consisting of one acre of land adjacent to the existing property (note: the land was to be used for a cemetery). This increased the size of the church plot to two square acres.
1967. Work on the educational building was in progress and a sign was placed beside Highway 190, directing people to the church.
September 10, 1967. The first trustees elected to take office immediately so that they could accept the deed for the property from Walker Baptist Church. These trustees were: Cecil Monroe, Valrie McCon, and J. D. Hill.
Summers 1967-69. The church sponsored a ladies soft ball team in the Eastern Louisiana Associational Ball League. The team took first place in league play in 1968. Mrs. Carrie Collins and Valrie McCon coached the team.
November, 1967. It was reported to the congregation that the deed to Satsuma Baptist Church property was accepted from Walker Baptist Church.
March 6, 1968. The church decided to look into buying land adjacent to the church, to consider bricking the educational building, and to purchase concrete for a porch and walkways.
May 8, 1968. The church agreed that the land behind the church building would be designated a cemetery.
February, 1969. Church voted to enlarge the choir loft.
April 10, 1970. The first Church Council was activated.
July 1970. Plans for a pastor’s home had been sketched.
Two years of records are missing.
January, 1972. an intercom was placed in the nursery; a vacuum cleaner was purchased.
April, 1972. A 20’ x 40’ concrete slab was poured in front of the church; choir robes were purchased for the youth choir; Amite Baptist Church donated choir robes.
August, 1972. Central heating and air conditioning were installed.
April 9, 1975. Average Sunday School attendance had grown to 91, with average Training Union attendance, 60.
May 7, 1975. The church voted for improvements to the sanctuary to include draperies, paint, paneling and carpet.
August 13, 1975. Plans for a new building addition were approved: a 60’ x 35’g” addition to include 4 classrooms; nursery; ladies’ restroom; and pastor’s office, at a cost of $15,000-$20,000.
February 8, 1978. The Deacon Body made a recommendation that non-church members could use the church for weddings as long as the pastor was performing the ceremony. The people had to clean up afterwards and the service could not interfere with any church service. The motion was made and passed.
May 17, 1978. The church decided to have a Pictorial Church Directory made.
July 5, 1978. The church voted to sell the bus.
March 16, 1980. Plans were accepted to enlarge the auditorium and install a baptistery. (note: baptisms were held at Walker Baptist Church before this time.)
March 10, 1982. A committee was formed to look into incorporating the church.
August 10, 1983. VBS had an enrollment of 156, with 125 average attendance, and expenses of $250.
August 22, 1984. The church decided to tie into Town of Livingston water.
February 15, 1987. The church licensed Steve Arledge and Vance Hoffman as ministers.
June 21, 1989. Burial in church cemetery was limited to church members and their immediate family members. (note: This declaration has not been adhered to; many people from the community have been buried in the cemetery who were not members of the church.)
1990. The church voted to rewrite its Constitution & By-Laws. This was accomplished by the committee elected: Tom Hudson, A. L. Palmer, and Benjamin (BAT) Terrell.
May 9, 1990. A decision was made to improve the sanctuary.
July & August, 1990. New pew and carpet colors were selected: Aztec Green
October 6, 1991. The church voted to install a house phone in the parsonage. (note: The church phone was connected to the parsonage phone before the parsonage had its own number.)
March 10, 1993. Approval was given to renovate the kitchen, the building exterior, and to add storage space.
October 1, 1997. The church voted to install a concrete parking lot on the west side of the property and voted to purchase two pre-owned temporary buildings. (note: The “temporary” buildings are still being used by youth and adults as of 2009.)
November 4, 1998. The church voted to accept the recommendation by the Deacon Body to participate in the “Sharing God’s Word to Every Home and Heart.”
April 7, 1999. Jerry Ballard made a motion and the church voted to enter into a period of planned, prayerful, and purposeful giving into our New Construction Fund and to have $100,000 by 2000.
May 5, 1999. Steve Horn reports that the activities for each month until completion in September has been planned for the Sharing God’s Word program.
October 6, 1999. The church decides to purchase a new lighted church sign for $4800. A new 4 X 8 sign with Satsuma Baptist Church on both sides would be purchased and placed on Hwy 190 for about $200.
November 7, 1999. One of the recommendations coming from the six day study is to begin Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. and Morning Worship begin at 10:30 a.m.
February 16, 2000. Church voted to charge non-church members $100 plus a $50 custodian fee for weddings. The pastor for the wedding must be approved by our pastor or Deacon Body.
January 10, 2001. Church decides to have an around the clock prayer time for our church on February 4, 5, & 6.
March 7, 2001. Church voted to purchase 72 Pew Bibles at a cost of $347.60.
October 17, 2001. Voted to change Sunday School time to 9:15 and Wednesday night prayer meeting to 7:00 p.m.
December 5, 2001. Church voted to take money from New Construction Fund to help catch-up on bills ($9,500).
February 6, 2002. Church voted to participate in the Mission Celebration April 20-21 and pay the $500 per church.
March 27, 2002. Church voted to provide the needed funds for Josh McLin to participate in the Youth Mobilization Team Ministry in Kenya, East Africa.
March 5, 2003. Kitchen Committee received okay to purchase new pots big enough to cook large amounts.
August 6, 2003. Church votes to have a fall festival, October 31.
Church votes to purchase Team Kids Material for Wednesday nights.
Church votes to set September 26 & 27 2:00-3:00 as the dates for a Youth Revival.
January 14, 2004. Business meeting is changed from second Wednesday to
the second Sunday of each month.
January 9, 2005. A Teacher Training Team for Sunday School is chosen:
Paulette Carter, Sarah Johnson, Nancy McCon, Linda
McDaniel, and Otis Voss.
March 12, 2006. The church voted to acquire plans for renovation to the front of the church.
April 9, 2006. Voted to renovate the education wing of the church by painting, changing lighting
June 11, 2006. A decision was made for some renovation to classrooms. New cabinets, marker, and bulletin boards for all classrooms. Voted to proceed with plans to renovate the front of the church to add a vestibule and port cachere and to paint the entire exterior of the existing building white.
September 10, 2006. New tables and chairs were approved for the fellowship hall.
November 12, 2006. voted to borrow $80,000 to complete the renovations to the front of the church and to add additional paved parking in the front of the church.
August 5, 2007. Renovation of the front of the church was complete.
August 11, 2007. An Open House Celebration took place.
August 12, 2007. A dedication service was held for the new addition and renovation.
August 14-17, 2007. A revival was held. Dr. A. L. Palmer preached on Sunday night the 14th. Dr. Steve Horn preached the 15th through the 17th.
December 9, 2007. Voted to renovate the men’s bathrooms.
January 13, 2008. Voted to install a 2-rail vinyl fence across the front of the property
November 9, 2008. Voted to update the kitchen (Change countertops, sink, etc.)
February 8, 2009. Voted to have the front of the church landscaped. Voted to install a 2-rail vinyl fence around the cemetery and across the front of handicap parking.
March 29, 2009. We had the first of five 50 year celebrations. Andrew Voss spoke. We had Dinner on the Grounds. We had a slide show with the earliest pictures of the church, as it was being constructed. We shared the history of the beginning of the church. Jonathan Wallace performed a concert following the dinner.
April 19, 2009. Voted to renovate the Ladies Restroom
May 3, 2009. Had the second of five 50 year celebrations. Dr. A. L. Palmer spoke. Henry Geter led the music and shared a concert following the youth fundraiser lunch. We shared the history of the church during the late sixties, seventies, and early eighties. We had a slideshow with picture from those years.
June 7, 2009. We had the third of five 50 year celebrations. Dr. Steve Horn was the speaker. This was a combined event with our VBS commencement. We had dinner on the grounds following the service. We also utilized ELBA’s block party trailer and had games, sno-cones, and cotton candy.
July 12, 2009. Voted to purchase new side-by-side Jenn-Air refrigerator for the kitchen
September 27, 2009. Had the fourth of five 50 years celebrations. Rev. Raymond Cox was the guest speaker. We had a continental breakfast before Sunday School. This was our high attendance day for Sunday School, and we had 80 present. We shared the remaining history of the church for the last 25 years. We had a slideshow with pictures from these years. We had dinner on the grounds following the service.
September 2009. A new Church Directory is published.
October 18, 2009. Fifty years celebration.
There are many members of Satsuma Baptist Church past and present who are not named in this history; however, their contributions to the ministry of the church will live as memories in the hearts and minds of the people. It is with regret that many stories will go undocumented.
The following is taken from the Constitution & By-Laws
We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in relation to other churches.
This body shall be known as the Satsuma Baptist Church of Livingston Parish, Satsuma Community, located at 29698 S. Satsuma Rd.
To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ as Lord and Savior with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world.
To be a worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing his person, and responding in obedience to his leadership.
To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers in Christ.
To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man.
To be a church which ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and the world in Jesus’ name.
To be a church whose purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.
III. Statement of Basic Beliefs
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired and inerrant word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believrs in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
IV. Church Covenant
Having been led as we believe by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrines, and discipline; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to use our influence to combat the abuse of drugs and the spread of pornography, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
History written by Maude Morgan
Notes written by Rev. Herman Wilkinson
“Record of Ministers” of Satsuma Baptist Church
Satsuma Baptist Church Minutes
Walker Baptist Church Minutes
Walker Baptist Church History