The New Boggy Baptist Church is a small historic church located in Bethany, Louisiana. The church was built in 1869 and the walls were built during the post-Civil War reconstruction. African American men and women paved the way for the church as they worshipped in a small white wooden box from 1869 through the 1950s. The church has produced young lawyers, doctors, educators, and many other professionals.
During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, under the guidance of the late Pastor Harry Blake, the church persevered while trusting the Lord. In the 1970s, under the leadership of the late Pastor Clarence Williams, the church was remodeled. Additional classrooms and brick facades were added to the chapel. In 2019, under the leadership of Rev. Lonnie Hamilton Jr., the church was once again remodeled, adding restrooms, a pastor’s study, a finance office area, a metal roof, new musical instruments, and a sound system.
Over the past three decades, the current interior of the church has shown signs of severe water leakage, with bent wooden beams, and continuous leaks from old pipes that have been replaced. Glory to God, in January 2019, under the current leader, Rev. Bryten Johnson, a new building plan called Vision 2025 was presented. The church started raising funds to build a new church but faced financial difficulties and obstacles due to the global pandemic Covid-19.
Groundbreaking services are scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2022, at 3:00 pm. New Boggy Baptist Church family will be participating in our first Pew Rally. The guest for this occasion is Pastor Bertrand Bailey Jr. and the New Greenwood Baptist Church family of Greenwood, Louisiana. Pastor Bryten Johnson will deliver a groundbreaking sermon at 11:00 am. After the morning service, the church will have a fellowship on the church grounds.
“Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the new building will serve the church family, the community, our outreach programs, and provide a safe meeting place for children and youth in the community. We are persevering in the midst of a global pandemic and praying as we walk by faith, and not by sight.” said, Bryten Johnson. This new building will provide a comfortable and healthy space to continue to grow our faith and provide a place of permanence that we can call home for many years and generations to come.
The plans include a new multipurpose room that can be transformed into a sanctuary, gym, and meeting area for community forums and family gatherings. Additionally, there is a foyer, full-size classrooms, youth worship area, audio/media room, baptismal pool, choral loft, and more. We look forward to forging supernatural unity and relationships as we work together to build this multipurpose building.
Through this process, we ask for your prayers, support, and financial contributions to make our new architectural vision a reality. Deacon Patterson, who chairs the Deacon Ministry, said “your donation will help us build a house of worship that would be accessible to the disabled.”