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We are Barataria Baptist Church

A Long Tradition of Traditional Baptist Beliefs

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Our History

In the early 1920s, two French ministers, Mr. Lucien C. Smith and Mr. Louis Cotey, came to Lafitte and Barataria to establish a mission. The first few services were held in Lafitte in the home of Mr. Clabert Rogers on Sunday afternoons. Soon, there were too many people for the Clabert's home to accommodate, so the services were moved to the home of Mr. Thomas Ruttley in Barataria. These services were held in Cajun French, which was the primary language spoken in the area at that time.

The Charter Members of Barataria Baptist Church were baptized by the Pastor of First Baptist Church on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Reverend R.G. Lee. The church members then met on October 4, 1925 for the cause and purpose of organizing into a Church.

In the early years of Barataria Baptist Church, most members made annual pledges for its support, and business meetings were held annually.

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Our Vision

Our VISION at BARATARIA BAPTIST CHURCH is to glorify God in Christ because all of creation displays His glory - and He ordains the church to enjoy His glory.

We also glorify God as we become like Christ by walking in His ways daily.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)


Our Mission

Our MISSION at BARATARIA BAPTIST CHURCH is to carry out our VISION by caring for the lost and those in need. We do so by sharing the Gospel to all who are in need of it, and meeting the needs of those less fortunate - whether physically, financially, or spiritually.

As Jesus commissioned his disciples to share the Gospel to a lost and dying world, we too are commissioned to do the same.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.

Matthew 28: 19-20 (NKJV)

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Our Goal

The GOAL of our MISSION at BARATARIA BAPTIST CHURCH is to exemplify service to our Lord, providing a shining light and example in our community. We desire that our service to the Lord is evident in our words, deeds, and actions towards those in our care.


As Jesus beautifully stated in a parable on the outcome of being a good servant:


His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)

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