WHO WE ARE
Teche Baptist Church is a community of believers who have committed together to Worship God, Love People, and Make Disciples. We come from all walks of life and many different backgrounds, but we are united through our identity as redeemed members of the Body of Christ. Jesus has changed our lives, and we want to see Him change the lives of the people around us.
We are a member church of the Southern Baptist Convention, and we partner with other SBC churches to support local missions through the Evangeline Baptist Association and Louisiana Baptist Convention, as well as national and international missions through the Southern Baptist Convention.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Cor. 5:17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
2 Tim. 3:16
Michael came to faith in Christ as a young boy in Marvell, Arkansas. During middle school, his family moved to Batesville, Mississippi and Michael became an active member of the youth ministry of FBC Batesville. During his sophomore year, Michael publicly committed his
life to the Gospel ministry. He was later licensed and ordained by First Baptist Church of Batesville, Mississippi.
In 1982, he graduated from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. From 1982-85 he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1994, while pastoring in Cumberland, Mississippi, Michael moved his family to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated in1997 with a Master of Divinity degree.
For more than 35 years, he has served churches in Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. In 2006, Michael left as an Associate Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles to serve Louisiana Baptists as their Stewardship/Cooperative Program Strategist. In October, 2019, he became Teche Baptist Church’s full-time Transitional Pastor.
Michael is married to Joanna Loper Stewart, a native of Houston, Texas. Joanna earned a Masters of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Education degree from McNeese State University. They have two children; Joshua and Meredith.