Bayou Chicot in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Calvary Baptist Church
— Founded in 1812 —
Joseph Willis was the first Baptist minister to preach the Gospel west of the Mississippi River. Between 1804-1805, Willis arrived in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, where he began evangelizing and meeting with believers. This group did not establish an official "church” as Willis was denied ordination due to his mixed race heritage. Once ordained, he chartered Calvary Baptist Church on November 13, 1812. The church's original site is located 1 mile north of its current location at Vandenburg Cemetery. The congregation moved in the mid 1800s and is the oldest existing Baptist church west of the Mississippi River. The members of Calvary assisted in the formation of several Louisiana Baptist churches, the Louisiana Baptist Association (1818), and the Louisiana Baptist Convention (1849)
Erected 2012 by Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 30° 48.806′ N, 92° 21.131′ W. Marker is in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, in Evangeline Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ville Platte LA 70586, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White's Chapel United Methodist Church (approx. 8.9 miles away); City of Ville Platte City Hall (approx. 9.6 miles away); National Register of Historic Places (approx. 9.6 miles away); Ville Platte (approx. 9.6 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.7 miles away); Fogleman Cemetery (approx. 10˝ miles away); Fred's Lounge (approx. 13.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 14 miles away).
More about this marker. Stop in at parsonage, and ask Pastor for tour. Great history inside building, and the pastor is very nice, knowledgeable, and happy to show visitors around.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2019. 3. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.