Where Jesus is Lord and people matter!
On Wednesday September 1, 1965 the Calhoun Church
Of Christ met for the first time with 26 people in attendance, including18
baptized members. The following Sunday morning 64 attended, which
included several visitors from area congregations.
Another man who caught the vision for such a work was Hal Frazier, who was then Director of World Radio Ministries in West Monroe. As the new congregation got underway, Hal agreed to accept the pulpit duties until a full-time preacher could be located.
Fellowship Meal at the Old Hammonds House - Circa 1965
Our first meeting place as a church was the old Hammonds house on Owens road. People who were there still remember one odd thing about the services; no single room in the old house could accommodate everyone, so the group sat in two adjoining rooms. To speak, the preacher had to stand in a corner where the two rooms met, looking first to those on the left and then to those on the right (no political pun intended).
By December 1965 the Calhoun congregation began building a new meeting place, which was completed in February of 1966; it seated 225, had 6 classrooms and occupied one acre of ground. Only 6 months after beginning this church, we had a new building, a new location, a full-time preacher, were self-supporting and poised to grow in number and in the Spirit.
Groundbreaking on Hwy 151 North - Circa 1965
Our completed new building - Circa 1966
In January of 1966 Percy Keene became the congregation’s first full-time preacher. During that year, 54 people were baptized into Christ and the membership rose to 110 with a weekly contribution of $250.
Since Brother Keene’s six-year stay at Calhoun, five other preachers have worked with the Calhoun congregation: Leon Heath (‘72-’73), Carl Harrell (‘74), Jerry Almond (‘75-’77), Earl Butterworth (‘77-’81), and Keith Roberts (’81 - present).
In the 1980’s we began
some needed physical expansions to our building here at Calhoun. In
late 1982 through Easter of 1983, we added two wings to the building
including classrooms, a fellowship hall and kitchen, a nursery addition,
and finally a paved parking lot. Our members donated about $40,000.00
plus their time and skills to produce a debt-free addition.
Our expanded building today
One of the greatest programs to emerge from the work here at Calhoun is the School of Prayer . In late 1993, we decided to launch a work that would help us, and our sister churches, learn to pray more effectively. The Calhoun School Of Prayer works toward that goal by providing cassette tapes, printed material, retreats and workshops on prayer for interested Christians and churches. In addition we host our annual Prayer Enrichment Workshop on the second weekend in September here in Calhoun, which draws participants from all over America.
Our Prayer Ministry booth at a major church conference
One of the hallmark
ministries of this congregation has been our Prayer
Enrichment Workshop, held here each September.
Our goal has always
been to train and motivate God's people to pray more effectively, in
order to bring spiritual revival to our world-a revival that will win
souls to Jesus.
Over these 21 Workshops
done since 1994, we've had 45 different speakers-local preachers, university
professors, missionaries, evangelists, even heads of national prayer
Our workshops have
drawn visitors from about half of the states in the U.S.
God has continued over the years to richly bless this church. The Calhoun Church of Christ remains a close, loving church which appeals to people looking for serious Bible study, intense prayer training and the personal attention one receives at a small but active church.
Calhoun Church of Christ
1288 Hwy 151 N.
Calhoun, LA 71225