Dr. Bronson's History
A History of the Evangelical, Reformed and Congregational
Churches of the New Orleans Area (Louisiana)
(w) White Congregational Convention
Church Name
Date Founded
Background
Date Closed
Merged
Church
Merged With
Number in
original Church
First Pastors Listed
(*Appointed by the AMA)
Evangelical Churches
             
Bethany Evangelical
Church (3712 S. Broad)
April 10, 1924
Incorporated April
25
Evangelical
  May 2,
1975
Good Shepherd
UCC
   
Bethel (2205 Franklin Ave.)
  Evangelical
         
St. Johns Evangelical
Church (705 Jackson)
April 29, 1914
Evangelical
  May 2,
1975
Good Shepherd
UCC
   
First Evangelical and
Reformed (First German
Protestant) (First
Evangelical) (Cleo) (1829
Carondelet St)
1826
Evangellical
  1991
First Trinity
   
Jackson Avenue
Evangelical and Reformed
(German Evangelical
Church in LaFayette) (705
Jackson Ave.)
1846
Evangelical
    Not part of UCC
since 1968
   
German Evangelical
Bethlehem Church (Felicity
St)
  Evangelical
1891
       
Trinity (4439 Canal St.)
1926
Evangelical
  1991
First Trinity
   
St Matthew (the Rooster
Church) (S. Carrollton
Ave., cor. Willow St.)
1847
Evangelical
    Central St.
Matthew
   
German Evangelical
Church on Milan Street
and Camp (Salem) (930
Milan St.)
1862
Evangelical
         
St. Paul's Evangelical
(5901 Patton St.)
April 4, 1911
Evangelical
        G. A. Kanzler   1911
-12             Gottlieb
Siegenthaler 1912 -16      
Frederick E. McQueen 1916
-21    
Theodore Tillmans 1921
-24          A. J. Scherer   1924
- 26       
Albert Dittmann    1927 -
29           Raymond F. Buck
1931 - 36        
Roy Stock (interim)  1936 -
37        Otto Meyer
1937-41                    
Alvin A. Blome
1942-54                  
Donald T. Grunwald   
1954-60       Raymond F. Buck
1960-70             
Bruno Schroeder 1970 - 75
Fred Kurkowski  
1975-83               
Rex Wallace
1984-92                     
Thomas F. Shreve  
1993-95          Thomas I.
Warren 1996-01            
Kate Rose, Co-Pastor
1998-00       
First Evangelical Church of
Biloxi
1912 as Lutheran
April 27, 1914
Evangelical
         
Congregational
Churches
In the American Missionary
it was reported that 13
churches were organized
in 1871 and they were
under the care of Rev. J.
W. Haley
             
First Congregational
(Stranger Church St.
Charles and Julia)
New
Orleans
1834
Congregational/Unitarian
         
1st. New Orleans
1866
Congregational
1884
    71
By the 1880s
this church has
only 46 members
Rev. Charles Van Norden 1866
Rev. Myron W. Reed -1867
Rev. Joseph W. Hensley 1868
Rev. M. W. Reed - 1870-71
Rev. E. T. Hooker -1872
none 1876 -1883
Morris Brown
Congregational
467 Villere, ed dist.) (471
Villiere)
New Orleans
1853 as AME
1869
Congregational
Congregational
      70
Rev. William J. Brown
Rev. Isaac. H. Hall* 1873-96
St. Pauls Congregational
New Orleans
  Congregational
1873
      Rev. N. B. James* 1877-78
Howard Congregational
Church, Spanish St Church
(1015 Spain, nr. St.
Claude) (Bartholomew
near Dalphine)
New
Orleans
1869
Congregational
      30
Rev. Isaac Williams* 1869
Rev. P. P. Proctor 1872
Rev. Henry A. Ruffin* 1875-85
Rev. Cyrus H. Claiborne
1886-89
Rev. Cornelius W. Johnson
1896 -
St. Andrew Street Church
(corner Willow)
New
Orleans
1869
Congregational
1872
    50
Rev. S. W. Rogers
Zion Congregational (123
Johnson)
New Orleans
1869
Congregational
      70
Rev. Joseph Dutch
Mt Zion, Mt. Sinai Algiers  
New Orleans
1869
Congregational
      45
Rev. Anthony Moox 1869
Rev. S. W. Otts 1870 - 71
Rev. James Craig 1872-1886
Jefferson City New
Orleans
1869
Congregational
      55
Rev. Isaac Songue
Greenville New Orleans
1869
Congregational
1880
    12
Rev. Henry Lewis 69
Rev. C. W. Lewis 1873-77
Rev. T. B. W. Evans 1876-79
St. James New Orleans
1869
Congregational
1872 returned
to AME
  Central
150
Rev. Jacob A. Norager
University Church
(Esplanade, corner
Derbingy)
(also 2040 Canal Street)
New Orleans
April 2, 1871
1887
Congregational
1932
1871
This church was
merged with
some members
of St. James to
become Central
in 1871
  Rev. Charles H. Thompson
1871
Rev. Martin L. Berger, D. D.
1887-88
Rev. William L. Tenney
1888-89
Rev. George W. Henderson
1896
Central Congregational
(South Liberty, corner of
Gasquet)
New Orleans
June 30, 1872
Congregational
an old Central
was dropped in
1872 this is the
new  Central
    ?
Rev. C. H. Thompson 1872-75
Rev. M. C. Cole 1874-1875
Rev. Walter S. Alexander*
1876-84
Rev. George Bothwell 1884-86
Rev. George W. Henderson
1888-89
Rev. John W. Whittaker 1896
Miss Bella W. Hume Assistant
1896
St. Matthews
Congregational
(Carrollton) (Hampson,
between Burdett and
Adams)
New Orleans
1873
Congregational
1881
      Rev. N. B. James (1876-77)
Rev. T. E. Hillson* (1878-80)
Beecher Memorial New
Orleans
1904
Congregational
        Reverend Abraham Simmons
1910-1914
St. Paul (New Iberia)
1866
Congregational
      56
Rev. S. W. Rogers 1870-71
Rev. N. B. James
Rev. P. P. Proctor 1875-77
Rev. William Butler* 1877-80
Rev. W. R. Polk* 1880-84
Rev. Byron Gunner 1884-1888
Rev.C. H. Claiborne 1896
First Church (Prytania)
1866
Congregational
         
Derouen (Lake Peigneur)
1867
Congregational
         
Baton Rouge
1869
Congregational
1872
    ?
Rev. Edward W. Strickland
Bethleham (Lockport)
1869
Congregational
      94
Rev. Nelson Taylor (1869-79)
Rev. W. Putney Ward
(1879-87)
Greenville
1869
Congregational
      12
Rev. Henry Lewis
Rev. Thomas Hillson 1872
Rev. T. B. W. Evans 1876-79
New Hope, Gretna
1869
Congregational
by 1900
    140
Rev. W. Putney Ward 1869-87
Moodyville
1869
Congregational
land purchased
and school and
chapel built
      No minister noted.
Amite
1869
Congregational
land purchased
and school and
chapel built.
      No minister noted.
St Peter (Lake Peigneur)
1870
Congregational
by 1900
    65
none
Rev. Charles E. Smith
(1878-82)
Rev. Homer Jones 1882-89
Straight University
June 25th, 1869
Congregational
         
St. Marks (Terrebonne)
(Schriever)
1870
Congregational
      133
Rev. Daniel Clay 1870-89
Rev. William Brown 1896
Patoutville
1870
Congregational
         
St. Lukes (Isle Piquant)
1870
Congregational
by 1879
    19
Rev. Israel Cummings
Belle Place, Fausse Point
1870
Congregational
Restarted in
1882
    68
40 (1882)
Rev. David Johnson
Rev. William Butler* 1882-1889
Rev. M. W. Whitt 1896
Ruston
1870
Congregational
by 1890
       
Morning Star (Schriever)
Terrebonne Station
1872
Congregational
by 1900
      Rev. Benjamin Fields
(1873-80)
Rev. Samuel Smith 1879-81
Rev. Daniel Clay 1881-84
Rev. Benjamin Fields 1885-87
Rev. Daniel Clay 1888-89
Rev. William Brown 1896
Lafouche Crossing
1873
Congregational
1883
      Rev. Henry Armstrong
(1876-77)
Rev. William Reed 1876-82
St. Mary, Abberville
Later lists give
1872 as start date

1877
Congregational
      21
Rev. Charles E. Smith*
1878-82
Rev. William Butler* 1877
Rev. Homer Jones 1882-83
Rev. Frank Plowden 1885-88
Rev. J. A. Herod 1896
St. Johns, Petteance
1878
Congregational
        Rev. Charles Smith 1878-80
Rev. William Butler 1880-83
none 1884-1887
St. Peters - (Harangville
Terreboone)
1879
Congregational
by 1890
    28 (1882)
Rev. W. P. Ward 1879-87
Coushatta
1880
Congregational
         
St. Lukes, Little Pecan
(Iberia parish)
1880
Congregational
by 1900
      Rev. Peter P. Proctor 1880
Rev. Timothy Gates 1880-81
Rev. Rev. William Butler
1881-82
Rev. Samuel Jones 1882-84
Rev. William Frazier 1884-89
Little Zion (Grand Bayou)
(Thibodeaux)
1880
Congregational
1884
1885 back on list
    27
Rev. Squire Williams 1881-89
Rev. J. E. Smith 1896
Bayou Dularge
(Terrebonne)
1880
Congregational
      36
Rev. Humphrey Williams
1881-83
St. Rock (Howma)
1880
Congregational
by 1900
    33 (1887)
Rev. Humphrey Williams
1881-87
Mt. Zion, Napoleonville
1881
Congregational
by 1900
    30
Rev. John K. Jones 1881-86
Belle Place, Fausse Point
1883
Congregational
by 1900
    40
Rev. William Butler 1883-87
Calhoun
1883
Congregational
by 1900
       
Zion Chapel (Chacahoula)
1883
Congregational
      22
Rev. Isaac H. Hall 1883-89
Union, Walnut Lane
1883? or 1893
Congregational
         
Longstraw (Choudrant) (w)
1883
Congregational
by 1929
       
Hammond
1886
Congregational
      27
Rev. Calvin S. Shattack  
1888-89
Rev. H. B. Bortel 1896
Jennings (w)
1886
Congregational
1931
       
Grappes Bluff
1887
Congregational
         
Derouen
1887
Congregational
         
Federated (Hammond)  (w)
1887
Congregational
         
1st (Welsh)
1888
Congregational
      10
Rev. James D. Whetland
1888-89
Ruston
1888
Congregational
         
Iowa
1888
Congregational
by 1900
       
Union (Calhoun)
(Downsville) (w)
1888
Congregational
by 1930
       
Federated (Roseland) (w)
1889
Congregational
         
White Bay Springs
(Quadrate Hemphill)
1889
Congregational
by 1900
       
Walnut Hill
1889
Congregational
         
Jennings
1889
Congregational
         
Conrad
1889
Congregational
         
Iowa (w)
1890
Congregational
1916
       
Liberty (Quadrate Hemphill)
1890
Congregational
         
Lake Charles
1890
Congregational
by 1900
       
Esterly
1890
Congregational
by 1900
       
China
1890
Congregational
         
Vinton (w)
1890
Congregational
1916
       
1st (Thibodaux)
1891
Congregational
         
Campti
1892
Congregational
         
Willhite
1892
Congregational
         
Oberline
1893
Congregational
by 1900
       
Walnut Lane
1893
Congregational
         
Bayou Beauf
  Congregational
by 1900
       
Alpha (Clara Spring)
1893
Congregational
by 1900
       
Coles (Clear Creek)
1894
Congregational
by 1900
       
1st (Kinder) (w)
1895
Congregational
by 1900
       
St. Sophia
1896
Congregational
        Rev. C. W. Johnson
St. Paul (Welsh)
1897
Congregational
         
Indian Village, Phillips Bluffs
1897
Congregational
         
Michigan Tram Camp
1898
Congregational
by 1900
       
Bundicks Creek
1899
Congregational
by 1900
       
Woodbury (Lake Charles)
1899
Congregational
by 1900
       
St. Mary (Bayou Blue)
1901
Congregational
         
Oakland Springs
1901
Congregational
         
St. Peters (Elton) (w)
(Indian)
1901
Congregational
         
Nash (Eros)
1907
Congregational
by 1929
       
Equality (Eros) (w)
1907
Congregational
         
First (Baton Rouge)
1908
Congregational
         
Drew (West Monroe) (w)
1911
Congregational
         
Beard Congregational
(Erath)
1912
Congregational
         
Emad (w)
1912
Congregational
by 1929
       
Hubbard Congregational
(Gueydan)
1913
Congregational
         
Pleasant Hill (Eros) (w)
1914
Congregational
by 1929
       
St. Lukes (Kinder) (w)
1914
Congregational
by 1929
       
Bethany (Kinder) (w)
1914
Congregational
         
Pleasant Valley/Pleasant
Hill (West Monroe) (w)
1914
Congregational
         
1st (Elton) (w)
1916
Congregational
by 1929
       
1st (Bermuda)
1917
Congregational
by 1930
       
Mt Horeb Congregational
(Houma)
1918
Congregational
         
Fisher (w)
  Congregational
1916
       
Cartwright Congregational
(Calhoun) (w)
1930
Congregational
         
Teche (Morbihan)
1931
Congregational
         
Good Shepherd (Metairie)
May 2, 1975
UCC
         
First Trinity (Metairie)
1991
UCC
         
Journey (Baton Rouge)
2006
UCC
         
Freedom Fellowship (New
Orleans)
2008
UCC
         
Central St. Matthew (New
Orleans)
Oct. 18, 2009
UCC
         
               
                                                  Time Line

1819/
1825     First Trinity Evangelical  

1834    The First Congregational Church formed

1840    Group of six St. Louis area German Protestantes convened to form the Deutsche
Evangelistche                       Kircheverein des Westens (German Evangelical Society of the West)

1842    Jackson Avenue Evangelical

1846     Jackson Avenue formed as German Lutheran Congregation of the City of Lafayette

1849     St. Matthew Evangelical
Carrolleton ME Church was rented for $12.50 per month & used as Sunday School.

1850     Eden Seminary formed in Marthasville  (Evangelical Preachers Seminary)

1853     Morris Brown Congregational formed

1858     German Evangelical Church Society in Ohio

Evangelical Children's Home founded in St. Louis

1860     Evangelical Synod of the East (Indianna, northern Kentucky)

1863     Salem Evangelical

1866     
German Evangelical Synod of the West

St. Paul Congregational (New Iberia) organized

First Church Congregational  in New Orleans April 15 organized and purchased a church building.

1868     New Iberia/St. Paul Congregational

1869     Straight University Founded (June 25) Named after Hon. Seymour Straight

Louisiana Congregational Conference organized (Southwest Conference) as the New                        
Orleans Ministerial Association with 11 members. (The Southwest Conference when                           
organized would originally include Louisiana and Texas) The head of this mission field was               
Joseph W. Healey headquartered in New Orleans.

St. Peter Congregational at Lake Peigneau formed and built

St. Paul Congregational at New Iberia builds church

Howard Congregational formed.

1870    St. Marks in Schriever organizes and builds church.

1872    
German Evangelical Synod of North America

Central Congregational  (June 30)

Southwest Conference added Mississippi (with Louisiana and Texas)

Gretna Congregational and Algiers withdraw from the Southwest Conference   

1878    Congregational Southwest Conference - 14 churches held at New Iberia

1879    Congregational Southwest Conference - 16 churches with 1,303 members (Gretna
Congregational                   and Algiers return to Southwest Conference)

New Iberia Church blows over in a storm. People rebuild.

1880    New church dedicated in New Iberia

1882     Belle Congregational in Belle Place organized

1883    Seminary moves to St. Louis becomes Eden Seminary

Little Zion in Chacahoula organized

Longstraw in Choudrant (w) organized

1885     St. Mary's in Abbeville organized

1886     Little Zion in Grand Bayou organized and builds church (Thibodaux)

Jennings Congregational was organized and church built (w)

1887    University Congregational Organized

Federated Congregational at Hammond (w) was organized   

1888    Howard Congregational builds church

Union Congregational in Calhoun (w) formed

1889    Roseland Congregational (w) organized

1891    University Congregational builds church

1st Congregational at Thibodaux organized

1893    1st at Kinder  (w) was organized

1896    Belle Congregational Church in Belle Place builds church.

1897    Union Congregational in Calhoun (w) builds church.

1901    Longstraw Congregational in Choudrant (w) builds church.

St. Peters Congregational in Elton (w) organized and builds church.

1902    Federated at Hammond (w) builds church.

1st at Kinder (w) builds church.

1903    Jackson Avenue becomes German Evangelical Congregation of New Orleans

1904     Beecher Memorial Congregational organized

1905    St. Mary in Abbelville builds church.  

1907    Beecher Memorial Congregational builds church.

Equality Congregational in Eros (w) organized

1909    Little Zion in Chacahoula builds church

1911     St. Paul Evangelical, St. John Evangelical, Carrolton Cambarone Mission

Drew at Monroe (w) organized

1912    Erath Congregational in Beard organized

Emad Congregational (w) organized

1913     Hubbard, Gueydan, LA

1914    Equality congregational in Eros (w) builds church.

St. Lukes at Kinder (w) organized.

Drew at Monroe (w) build church

Pleasant Valley at Monroe (w) organized

1915    St. Matthew's Barckhoff organ destroyed in Hurricane

Erath Congregational in Beard builds church

Louisiana Congregational Convention (white) organized

1916    Bethany Congregational at Kinder (w) organized

Roseland Congregational (w) build church.

Fisher Congregational (w) dropped

Iowa Congregational (w) dropped

Vinton Congregational (w) dropped

1923    Dedication of St. Matthew Evangelical building

1924     Bethany Evangelical

1925     
Name change of Synod to Evangelical Association of North America

1926     Trinity Evangelical

1927     Bethel  

1927     Camp Knighton came about in 1927 and was used by the old Plymouth Conference which consisted
of the African American Congregations from New Orleans to Houston. Rev. E H Philips who was at Beecher
Memorial Church in New Orleans moved to the Tech area and actively developed the camp by creating
programs like a two week youth camp in the summer. It then became the property of the South Central
Conference.

1931     Teche, New Iberia, LA

Formation of the Congregational Christian Churches

1936      Formation of the Evangelical and Reformed Churches

1940     Jackson Avenue Evangelical and Reformed Congregation of New Orleans

1952     Little Farms, River Ridge, LA

1957     
United Church of Christ formed

1963     New Orleans Association Formed

1965     Jackson Avenue became part of the UCC

1968     Jackson Avenue left the UCC

1976     Good Shepherd UCC

2006     Journey UCC, Prairieville, LA

2008     Freedom Fellowship Ministries
Creeds of Evangelical, Reformed and
Congregational Churches

The Apostle's Creed

Confessions of the Evangelical Church

Augburg Confession

The Small Catechism bv Martin Luther

The Heidelberg Catechism

Congregational

The Congregational Commission Creed of 1883

Central Congregational Statement of Faith 1879
From the American Missionary June 1870
The Beginnings of the Congregational Church in Louisiana
Before the close of the war the American Missionary Association sent a faithful band of twenty-six missionaries and
teachers to Louisiana. After a few months, the schools planted by them passed under the Board of Education
appointed by General Banks, and no more educational work was done by the Association in this State, until the
schools of the Bureau closed in the spring of 1869. In no Southern State was there greater need of such work.
Outside of New Orleans there had been no public schools until 1869. Before the war, only the children of planters
were educated, and they were mostly sent abroad or to Northern institutions. the masses colored and white, were
compelled to grow up ignorant, even the first principles of education.

A school law was enacted by the Legislature of 1869, but owing to the insignificance of the available fund, and an
almost entire lack of organization, by which local interest could be around and means secured through local tax or
otherwise, but few and weak schools have been in operation. At a low estimate, the public schools of the State have
left eighty-five thousand colored children without any educational privileges whatever.

Under the Bureau, in former years, there were two hundred and sixteen schools, employing two hundred and
fifty-nine teachers and having an attendance of twelve thousand three hundred and nine pupils. The cessation of the
school work of the Bureau in the spring of 1869, left Louisiana a necessitous missionary field. The Baptist and
Methodist Missionary boards have done a good work. The American Missionary Association however, has been the
chief educating agency, and has sustained more schools in the rural districts than all other agencies combine. This
has been done by the co-operation of the Bureau, to which it has rendered efficient aid in return. Fifty A. M. A.
teachers have been sustained the past year. By these about three thousand children have been instructed in the
day schools, and nearly as many in the Sabbath schools. What we have done in our Elementary and Normal schools
and University will tell upon the Christian civilization of the State, and yet with all the agencies employed, fifty
thousand colored children in Louisiana have had no schools for the past year and are growing up as ignorantas
those in heathern lands. To our schools children in some instances walk twelve miles a day. In scores of localities,
hundreds of children could be gathered and the salary paid. Our schools are welcomed because they are Christian
schools. The public school system cannot meet the necessities of the hour. christian organizations must come to the
rescue or those thousands of children must remain in ignorance.... The university and the church have a permanent
life and will exist for generations.
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