….and upon this Rock, I will build my church. . .
On the hills of the Emancipation Proclamation, a united band of spiritually motivated men and women gathered along the banks of Red River in Bossier Parish in reverence to the Almighty God. This marked the humble beginning of Stonewall Missionary Baptist Church.
For many generations, it was believed that the name “Stonewall” derived from the late General Stonewall Jackson who traveled by way of the Red River. Today, through revelation knowledge, we now know that the name S T O N E W A L L was inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is evident by the fact that in its one hundred thirty-nine years of existence there has never been a “church split.”
“Through many dangers, toils and snares, we have already come.
‘Twas grace that brought us safe thus far and grace will lead us home!”
From worship grounds: banks along the river and a “brush arbor” to worship places: a frame building called the Loom House, a little wooden building on a plantation called “Chalk Levy” (now known as Barksdale Air Force Base), our first brick sanctuary at 700 Hamilton Road, Bossier City, Louisiana, to our present location at 807 Eatman Street, Bossier City, Louisiana., our anointed services have remained the same because our steps are orchestrated by God.
. . .Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory. . .
1 Chronicles 4:10
The first bank account was opened in 1901 in the amount of two hundred sixty-seven dollars and eighty-five cents which was earmarked the Building Fund. In 1948 the first real property was purchased on Hamilton Road (formerly a theater). The church remained at this location until the completion of the present edifice in August, 1985. The raw property at 807 Eatman Street was purchased in1975 at a cost of thirty-five thousand dollars. Our present sanctuary and Family Life Center, has a market value in excess of five million dollars. All to the glory of God and to further enhance ” Kingdom Building” . . . to whom much is given, much is required.
. . .He saith unto Simon, son of Jonas, the third time, feed my sheep.
~Feed – tend a flock, provide pasture for, take care of, guide, lead, defend, govern, and shepherd my lambs~
He gave us pastors after His own heart:
|John Williams||First Pastor|
|China Carter||1900 – 1901*|
|A.C. (Gus) Capers||1901 – 1903*|
|J.M. Carter||1904 – 1908|
|Robert Taylor||1908 – 1909*|
|Saul Bendaw||1909 – 1910*|
|A.T. Sumpter||1910 – 1923*|
|D.V. Martin||1924 – 1968|
|Alex Ross Scott||1969 – 1990|
|Dennis C. Jones||1991 – 1998|
|Uelyss Reed, Jr.||1998 – Present|
. .The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
God has blessed us during these great pastoral reigns with an estimated thirty-four sons of the house, an estimated eighty-two deacons, thirty ministries, and an active membership in excess of one thousand representing six hundred seventy-nine families.
In anticipation of the “soon coming king,” we will continue to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.