Flood Damage Video

This was filmed in September, about a month after the flood. Some have asked for it to be put on our website.

Restoration: What We’re Doing; What We Need.

Stevendale Baptist Church voted in September to establish a temporary executive committee to help lead and oversee our campus restoration. So far, the committee has approved a three-phase restoration plan.

Sanctuary Refurb

Phase One

  • Restore the church sanctuary “Building A.” (Details to come October 6th)
  • Clean “Building C” the fellowship hall, and create temporary Sunday school rooms and children’s church space.
  • Move our T-Building from the East parking lot to the North parking lot and repurpose it as a shower and dorm facility.

Phase Two

  • Bring “Building B” up to code and make it into our children’s ministry building.
  • Finish the “Building E Project” which is a multi-staff administrative building (and intermediate term Sunday school space).

Phase Three

  • Fellowship Hall
  • Adult Education Building


How you can help:

If you would like to volunteer your help as a skilled laborer, please call Pastor Stephen Young or send him a text (225)436-9366. We need people who have plumbing, electrical, and carpentry skills. We need people who have experience working on scaffolding. We need people who can hang and float sheetrock. We need people who can lay carpeting or flooring, as well. We also need anyone who has time to help. God bless!

Stevendale Flood Recovery Report

September 5, 2009







Stevendale Baptist Church was suddenly and devastatingly flooded on the weekend of August 13-14, 2016. The homes of more than eighty percent of Stevendale’s members, as well as its meeting place were significantly damaged. (All contents touching the ground were lost with the exception of the piano and some of the pews, though they were damaged.) Others lost cars and had close relatives who suffered loss in the flood. Those that did not flood are sharing their own dry homes for others to shelter.


Report #1: The Sanctuary Building.

The sanctuary had the least amount of water damage. The water line on the alter table is 22 inches. The sanctuary has a slope, so the foyer only had 4 inches. The interior offices, were flooded at 22 inches, our computers, phone and internet system, and many documents went under water. The pastor lost many of his books. All office furniture was destroyed.

Several of the pews are splitting and some have fallen apart.The piano did not get water in the case itself and still plays, though the legs and pedals were underwater. The organ did get water in the case and over the legs and pedals. We have not yet tried to turn it on. The Sanctuary air conditioner units did go under water and were damaged by the flood. One is no longer functioning.

We have received help: THANK YOU!

  • The sanctuary carpet and office walls have been removed. (Thank you, volunteers of FBC Plaquemine, LA for helping us do that.)
  • The stage has been disassembled. (Thank you, volunteers of Old River Baptist Church in Old River, Texas for helping us do that.)
  • The building has been sprayed with mold treatment. (Thank you, volunteers of Westside Church of Omaha, Nebraska for helping us do that.)
  • A new stage has been built and is nearly finished (Thank you, volunteers of FBC Haughton, LA for funding and building that for us. Thank you, volunteers of Williams Boulevard Baptist Church in Kenner, LA for related electrical work.)
  • Dry wall has been installed in the rooms where our offices used to be (Thank you, volunteers of FBC Haughton, LA for helping us do that.), and we will convert these rooms to Sunday School Classes, as the other buildings with greater flood damage, will take longer to restore.
  • Some office furniture has been donated by FBC Haughton, LA, and replacement computers are being provided by Williams Boulevard Baptist Church in Kenner, LA and Westside Church of Omaha, Nebraska.

There is still much restoration work to do in the Sanctuary Building.

  • Painting
  • Floor Repair and Carpeting
  • Organ Repair
  • Seating Repair/Replacement
  • Sound/Media Equipment Repair
  • Electrical Work
  • Door Replacement
  • Sunday School Room Furnishing

If your church would like to help us in restoration, please call our church secretary, Betty Fontenot at our church office number #225-436-9366. Though the church office has been destroyed, we are re-routing calls to a cell phone, and she can certainly be of help.

Upcoming Reports:
Report #2: Nursery Building
Report #3: Administrative Building
Report #4: Education Building
Report #5: Fellowship Hall
Report #6: Additional Campus Buildings
Report #7: Updates on Needs of Church Families

Louisiana Floods

Stevendale, like many Louisiana churches, was devastatingly affected by the flood waters. Our education buildings and fellowship hall took about 3 feet of water, and the sanctuary took 2 feet.

Like many Louisiana churches, the damage to the meeting place of the church only reflects the damage done to the homes of church members. The majority of our church suffered significant destruction in their own homes.

At the moment, we are still assessing what has happened. We are all working on preventing further damage to our homes and to our church buildings by removing everything that took water, then cutting out walls and insulation. After that, comes rebuilding.

A long process lies ahead. We appreciate your prayers, and need them badly. As do our neighborhoods to the north and south which suffered significant flooding in 100% of the homes.

We need your help too, as do so many people and churches. If you and your church outside of Louisiana want to come to help and need to know how to get plugged into the Louisiana relief efforts call this number: 318-541-1356.

Our church office went under water, and was destroyed. You can reach me on my cell phone at 225-436-9366.

In Christ Alone,
Bro Stephen Young

Raging water cannot extinguish love, and rivers will never wash it away.
-Song of Solomon 8:7

Rain Out! Chronicle Concert Cancelled.

chronicle cancelled

Due to poor weather circumstances, we had to cancel our concert for tonight. We will reschedule Chronicle for another date in October. Stay safe and do not attempt to drive through water in flooding areas.

Stevendale Welcomes New Children’s Minister

13902742_10154409674278007_4916920820824342203_nOn Sunday, August 7th, 2016, Stevendale Baptist Church voted unanimously to call Hardie W. Midkiff III as its Pastor of Children’s Ministries.

Bro Hardie and his wife Melissa have four children, and have served together in many volunteer children’s ministry roles. They have a heart for Jesus and a love for kids.

Hardie was ordained at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church and is working on completing a Master’s of Divinity degree. He works full-time as a chaplain for Life Source Hospice.

On Sunday, August 14th, Stevendale will have a covered dish luncheon fellowship after the morning service to welcome Hardie and his family. We are looking forward to much ministry together in Jesus’ name.

Concert: Friday, August 12: Chronicle

Join us Friday, August 12th for a Southern Gospel concert. Chronicle will perform at Stevendale Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, and no tickets are necessary. There will be an opportunity to give a love offering. Come worship the Lord Jesus Christ with us!

If you would like to know more about this Gospel Trio, visit their website: http://chroniclegospelgroup.com

Adventures in Philippi V.B.S.

Join us for our Multi-Language Vacation Bible School

We have a unique VBS this year. Children will learn Acts chapter 16 verses 12-40 by heart and in their heart language, whether English, Portuguese, or Spanish. The theme of the VBS is the narrative of Paul in the city of Philippi.

Children will experience Philippi by donning costumes and entering into the marketplace where they will make real mosaic stepping stones, paint pottery crafts, create foil prints in the metal shop, and more. Daily dramas will re-tell the scripture narratives as children interact with the biblical characters.

Join us for this great experience. For kids ages 4 to 13.

July 25 –29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dailyvbs collage

Multi-Language Vacation Bible School

English, Spanish, Portuguese
Adventures in Philippi is our own VBS. Join us from 6:00 to 8:30 each night for a multi-language Vacation Bible School that will bring your children into the experience of the city of Philippi and teach Acts chapter 16 in a very special way.

Special crafts, small group Bible studies, language games, skits, and worship are all a part of the experience. The gospel will be clearly presented and children will come away being able to tell most of Acts 16 by heart!

Aventuras en la Ciudad de Filipos es nuestra propia actividad de EBV. Unase a nosotros cada noche de 6:00 a 8:30 pm para una Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones multicultural que llevará a sus niños a una experiencia a la ciudad de Filipos y les enseñará el capítulo 16 del Libro de los Hechos de los Apóstoles en una forma muy especial.

Parte de la experiencia son las manualidades especiales, estudios bíblicos en pequeños grupos, juegos de idiomas, parodias y adoración. El evangelio será claramente presentado y los niños serán capaces de contar casi toda la histora de Hechos 16 de memoria. En Inglés, Portugués y Español.

Concert This Saturday: Crosby Lane 7:00 p.m.

crosby lane

Join us for a unique worship experience: A concert of enthusiastic, organic arrangements of hymn classics that will have you singing along and listening with hearts wide-open, together with testimony and the stories behind the songs.

This is a great trio! We haven’t hosted them before. If you would like to know more about Crosby Lane, visit their website: http://www.crosbylane.com

The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary. There will be an opportunity to give a love offering.

Saturday, July 16th, 7:00 at Stevendale Baptist Church

Second Chance Camp! ART-is-IN July 11-15

art is in

A schedule shift has changed the camp tour plans, and we have decided to host the ART-is-IN children’s performing arts camp one more time. Second chance sign up here!


Children’s Events This Summer!

Performing Arts Camp

July 4-8, 2016

Two Scoops of Courage

Vacation Bible School

July 25-29, 2016

Phillipi VBS

Details to come, Register For Either or Both Here: 

April Fool’s Day Concert (No Joke!)

Dixe Echoes

The Dixie Echoes will perform at Stevendale Baptist Church on Friday, April 1st, at 7:00 p.m. This is a great group. There is no admission fee, and no tickets are necessary. An opportunity to give a love offering will be provided.


8:30 – 9:00 AM

Prayer with the Pastor Prayer Room in Building C
Thirty minutes of praying for those on our prayer list, and in a rotation, for those in our neighborhoods by household, for our local schools and their teachers, for our church members, for those with whom we are sharing the gospel, for other churches and pastors in our association, for our international missions, and for every country of the world. Led by Pastor Stephen Young.

Worship Team Rehearsal Sanctuary
A time of preparation and prayer for the worship hour, including warm-up, logistical checks, a run through of the worship service, and prayer one for another. Led by Pastor Michael Peeler.

CHAOS: Children Helping Out and Serving Fellowship Hall in Building C
For the children of those participating in Prayer or Worship Rehearsal, this is a time of involving children in the work of preparation for Breakfast Fellowship, Sunday School, and Worship. Led by Pastor Hardie Midkiff.

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Breakfast FellowshipFellowship Hall in Building C
A casual continental breakfast (usually coffee, biscuits, fruit, and juice). This is a time for church members and visitors to arrive and spend time together before the Bible study hour. Location:

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Sunday School Sanctuary, Building B, and Building C
Small Group Bible Studies. Starting in September of 2018, Stevendale began a church-wide unified curriculum, so that the same scripture passages are being studied on the same Sunday by all age levels. This enables our entire congregation, as well as parents and their children, continue the discussion, applications, and accountability outside the small group time. Our curriculum is The Gospel Project. You can download the scope and sequence of our 3-Year chronological study through the entire Bible HERE. You can also download a presentation of the 99 essential doctrines presented through The Gospel Project HERE.

  • Pre-K – Debbie Young
  • Younger Kids (K-2nd) – Barbara Neal
  • Older Kids (3rd-6th) – Melissa Midkiff
  • Students (6th-12th) – Hardie Midkiff
  • Adult Women – Barbara Caputa
  • Adult Women – Gay Lazare
  • Adult Men – Henry Hutson
  • Parents and Couples – Michael Peeler
  • Brazilian Portuguese – Anderson

10:30 – 10:45 AM

HospitalityFellowship Hall and Sanctuary
Enjoy a quick coffee with someone in the fellowship hall, or meet with members and greet visitors and guests arriving in the sanctuary for our morning worship service.

10:45 – 12:00 PM

Worship Sanctuary
Our primary worship gathering for the week. May Jesus Christ would be exalted as Lord in your heart through this time together in prayer, giving, singing, scripture reading, and the preaching of God’s Word. For preschool aged children, there is an bible lesson activity time in available as an option during the sermon portion of the worship service. We celebrate the Lord’s supper on the first Sunday of every even month.

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Committees First Sunday

Church Council – Second Sunday

Business Meeting Third Sunday

Training and Event Preparation – Fourth Sunday

Special Event – Fifth Sunday

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Worship Team Practice – Sanctuary


Special Service: March 20th


Join us on Sunday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. Jamie Womack will share her testimony "Finding True Dignity and Value." You will be touched, you will be challenged, and you will be encouraged.

Visitation Ministry

Have you visited someone in Jesus’s name lately? Try it; you might decide it’s what’s been missing in your life.


Who Needs to Be Visited?

Anyone needing encouragement, comfort, or a sense of belonging would profit from a visit. While that could include everyone, there are certain individuals who especially need to be reminded that they aren't forgotten.

· The elderly or disabled who are homebound or living in nursing homes

· Those who are sick for a prolonged period of time

· People who are hospitalized

· Bereaved people

· Prisoners

· People in crisis


Who Should Visit?

How nice it is when the pastor visits. How encouraging if another member also visits during a time of crisis. But to have numerous people visit over the course of time, now there's a caring church!


Some Suggestions for Getting Started.

Take initiative! Don’t wait to be asked and don’t wait for someone to give you permission. Just do it.

Use wisdom and good judgment. Sometimes a pop-in visit is just what was needed, but often it is best to call and schedule in advance.

Go prepared. When possible, visit in a group of two or three. Bring a little something if you can; a little cake, a bulletin, a card from a Sunday school class, etc.

Make a commitment. Mark on your calendar to visit regularly on a certain day of the week or month. Turn visitation into a holy habit.

Concert: Brian Free & Assurance on February 20th

Brian Free Assurance 2016

Join us on February 20th at 7:00 p.m. for a great Southern Gospel Concert! This is a love offering concert, so no tickets are necessary. Please invite a friend and come early! We look forward to seeing you.

60th Anniversary Service: January 17th, 2016


Stevendale Baptist Church will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Sunday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. Everyone in the community is welcome. A special invitation goes out Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, which founded Stevendale in January of 1956. Join us as we give thanks to God for His faithfulness.

Join us for a fellowship luncheon following the service.