Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
To Engage People With The Gospel Of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:21)
To Equip Followers of Christ For Works Of Ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12)
To Empower Followers of Jesus To Go & To Be The Church In Leesville, In Louisiana, In The United States, and In The World… (Acts 1:8)
Our Core Values
Acts 2:44 captures one of the great principles of our church as it says, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common.” While we esteem and celebrate the uniqueness of every member of our East family, we unapologetically value three core areas in the life of our church. Together, these shared values identify who we are, rally us toward all that we desire to accomplish, and unite us in fellowship.
We believe all people matter to God, and therefore, they matter to our church. This includes the intentional relational approach used to connect with each person. (Luke 5:30–32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14).
We believe relevant Biblical teaching is the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives and in our church. This includes the concept of teaching for life change (Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; James 1:23–25).
We believe the church should operate as a unified community of servants, with men and women using their spiritual gifts. This includes the concepts of unity, servanthood, spiritual gifts, and ministry callings (1 Corinthians 12 and 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; Psalm 133:1).
In 1945, the members of First Baptist Church of Leesville felt God leading them to begin a mission in the community east of Leesville. They sponsored a Sunday School that was held in a small dwelling house and prayer meetings that were held in the homes of the people in the community. On February 24, 1946, East Leesville was constituted into a church with 25 charter members. Under the leadership of eight different pastors, the church has grown from the original 25 members to more than 1,200 adults, youth, children, and preschoolers attending four worship services. East continues to be a church desiring to follow Jesus Christ as a family of faith, fulfilling the Great Commission through worship, evangelism, discipleship, ministry and fellowship.