Mulberry Baptist Front

HISTORY OF MULBERRY BAPTIST CHURCH

Houma, Louisiana

Mulberry Baptist Church was begun by a group of Christians in 1960.

The Louisiana Baptist Convention, through its Georgia Barnette Offering for State Missions and First Baptist Church of Houma, made the down payment for land.  Then, First Baptist Church of Farmerville borrowed $5000 for purchasing the property.  With the help of several area residents, the final payment of the original $30,000 was made in January, 1963.  An additional one hundred feet of land was donated by Everette H. Newman in May, 1963, giving the church a little over four acres of land.  In February of 1964, construction was begun on a combined worship and education facility.  By July, Wednesday night prayer services had begun.

Rev. Jim Shanahan was called as pastor of the mission September 9, 1964.  The first service was planned for the first Sunday in October, but Hurricane Hilda delayed the service until October 11, 1964.  Rev. Shanahan was pastor for two years.  Under his leadership, the mission was constituted into Bayou Black Baptist Church on May 26, 1965 with a charter membership of 127.

The church called Rev. James Baker who began his duties March 12, 1967 and remained for eight years.  In 1972, the name of the church was changed to Mulberry Baptist in order to clarify its location.

In 1975, Dr. Arthur Allen came as pastor and left June, 1980.  Throughout that time, the church worked toward building a new worship center.

Dr. Fuller Saunders became pastor in October, 1980 and served till 1985.  Under his leadership, a new worship center with education and office facilities was built.

Dr. Floyd Lewis served as pastor from March, 1986 until June, 1989.

Dr. Terry Ellis was pastor from 1990 till 1996.  Under his leadership, the present education building was built.

Rev. Marc Eichelberger was pastor from 1996 through 1998.

Dr. Tommy Harrell was pastor from 2000 through 2005.

Dr. Steve Graves was pastor from 2006 through 2014.

Dr. Jim Meek became pastor in May of 2015.  On his first Sunday, Bobby E. Guimbellot donated almost two acres to the church.

God has worked marvelously throughout Mulberry’s history.  Yet, his working has simply been a foretaste of glory divine.  He will continue to work miraculously through this church, bringing people to Christ, teaching people to depend on his grace, and reaching out to the world.  The effect will be felt eternally.