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Our Story

Our Story

In January 1995, Derald Weber was a full-time assistant pastor in San Antonio, Texas at Castle Hills UPC, pastored by Rev. Mike Chance. After preaching in Lafayette, God began to deal with him about starting a new church in that area. The Webers prayed, fasted, sought counsel and the will of God for 10 months. Through many miracles and signs, there was no doubt in the heart of Bro. Weber that he knew what God wanted him to do. In October 1995, Bro. Weber contacted the LA District and requested to begin a new work in Lafayette. In December, the LA District Board approved Bro. Weber to begin a new church in the southwest area of Lafayette in July 1996.

In August 1996, after only two months in Lafayette, Bro. & Sis. Weber began Prayer and Share meetings in their home on Wednesday nights. Sixteen were in attendance at the first one.

In November 1996, a banquet hall (The 5th Avenue) was rented to begin holding Sunday services. Thirty nine were in attendance for that first Sunday service, November 3.

In March 1997, upon the resignation of their pastor, Faith Temple UPC voted to merge with The Pentecostals of Lafayette by a unanimous vote on behalf of both congregations. The Pentecostals of Lafayette relocated to Eraste Landry Road. The first service together on Easter Sunday morning 1997, set a new record attendance of 108 for The Pentecostals of Lafayette.

Each year has brought new growth and record attendance. In 2000, 9 1/2 acres of land were purchased on Johnston Street. In 2004, construction began on a new Sanctuary, which is Phase 1 of the Building the Dream vision for The Pentecostals of Lafayette. That Sanctuary was completed and dedicated on August 26, 2005. The new Education Building is being prepared for an Open House on January 8, 2012!

Many have become involved in a ministry in the church. New departments and ministries are being born every year to meet the diverse needs of a growing congregation.

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