Charles Avenue Baptist Church strives
to be a dynamic Christian fellowship committed
to welcoming all in Jesus' name. We are
as diverse as our historic city. We value
gathering together for community, worship,
and sharing the life of faith. After 115
years, we are still celebrating God's grace
on the Avenue. (more
invite you to visit us at St. Charles Avenue
Baptist Church. Whoever you are
and wherever you are on life’s journey,
we welcome and affirm you with open minds,
open hearts and open arms. We cherish diversity
and welcome all who want to grow in a community
of faith. Whether you are visiting just
for today or looking for a church home,
you can find a place at the table alongside
persons from various traditions, viewpoints,
backgrounds and orientations. When you visit,
please give us an opportunity to know you
by signing the guest register and by joining
us for coffee and fellowship at the close
of the service. If you have questions or
requests, please do not hesitate to speak
with the pastor or any of our members. In
the name of Christ, welcome!
To sustain a worshiping fellowship, experiencing
the awareness of and fellowship with God
and fellow believers.
be a church that ministers unselfishly to
persons in our church, community and world.
be a church that emphasizes the stewardship
of life, personality and possessions to
the lordship of Christ.
of the believer
believe each person is free to be his or
her own priest before God.
believe persons are free to make their own
personal decisions on matters of faith and
be responsible for them. The Bible is our
textbook. We are free to study the Bible
as individuals and exercise scholarly interpretation
of Scripture, as led by God's spirit.
Free Church in a Free State
believe in the separation of church and
state. No government shall impose itself
on worship, instruction or way of life.
of the Local Church
the authority of Jesus Christ, the local
church is free, through democratic government
of members, to shape its own life and mission.
History of SCABC
April 16, 1885, a Baptist mission of Coliseum
Baptist Church was begun in unused servants'
quarters of the corner of Maple and Cherokee
Streets. On November 16, 1898, twenty-six
charter members created the Carrollton Baptist
1901, the city of Carrollton was annexed
by the city of New Orleans. The small congregation
of Carrollton Baptist Church purchased property
on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and
Hillary Street and changed the church name
to Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church.
The lot on the corner of St. Charles Avenue
and Audubon Street was purchased in 1924,
and in 1926 the church moved to its present
its history, the church proved instrumental
in the development of the New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptist
hospital and every other Baptist Home Mission
agency in New Orleans. Indeed, the church
has always fostered a strong emphasis and
interest in both home and foreign missions.
Over fifty foreign missionaries have been
members of Saint Charles Avenue Baptist
its relatively small size, Saint Charles
Avenue Baptist Church is known and respected
throughout Baptist life for its innovative
ideas and creative leadership. For example,
the church has always invited women to fill
important leadership positions. In 1971,
Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church became
the first Baptist church in Louisiana to
ordain women as deacons. In 1980, the church
became the first Baptist church in Louisiana
to ordain a woman to the Gospel ministry.
to be a prophetic voice of faith in New
Orleans and beyond, Saint Charles Avenue
Baptist Church works to build and maintain
an attitude of openness and a spirit of
acceptance, affirming and living out true
Baptist ideals. In a business session, held
Sunday, May 27, 2001, Saint Charles Avenue
Baptist Church considered, voted on and
accepted the decision to end affiliation
with the Southern Baptist Convention.