Last week, I mentioned to you our desire to reach locally and to reach globally. We believe that this is exactly what Jesus told us to do. As He ascended into heaven, He commanded His followers to “be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth“ (Acts 1:8).
As part of that local and global strategy, First Baptist Church has campuses beyond our local campus at the corner of Highway 21 and 1085.
I hope you will get to know these campuses and will be faithful in praying for them and their leaders.
We began our first campus five years ago on Severn Avenue in Metairie. We called it Metairie Church.
Metairie Church along with Metairie Korean Church meet in our leased location on Severn. Recently, HopeNOLA Church merged with Metairie Church. This combined campus is led by the pastoral team of Augustine Hui and Matt Tipton.
Metairie Korean Church meets in the same location and is led by Pastor Woo, a native of South Korea. I am thankful to have this way of reaching globally while ministering locally.
Our third campus is our newest (without being new at all). Years ago we began a new congregation called Hope Church of Waldheim. Last year we accepted Hope Church as one of our First Baptist campuses. This congregation is now led by Pastor John Nguyen.
Hope Church has recently moved to a new location. Last year the Jerusalem Baptist Church disbanded and gave their location to our local association. After seeking to find a church to take over that property, our Northshore Baptist Association asked us to take the property to use for one of our campuses.
This has been a wonderful development for Hope Church. We now have a good location and good building. They have not only a place to worship but a kitchen, a fellowship hall, and classrooms for children and adults.
We are excited about all that is happening in all of our campuses.