About Our Church

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Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Pastor and First Lady Stanton

Rev. Mark R. Stanton is a seasoned teacher, preacher, and pastor having served in the Louisiana and Texas areas for over 40 years. Bro. Stanton was called of God when he was 16 years old, and began his ministry in 1975. Bro. Stanton and his wife, Karen, evangelized from 1979 until June of 1982, when they accepted the pastorate position in Brownsville, Texas. The Stanton’s remained in Brownsville for 17 ½ years where Bro. Stanton served as a presbyter in the Texas District, for 9 years.

In December of 1999, Bro. & Sis. Stanton accepted the pastorate position in Westlake, LA. Bro. Stanton serves as a presbyter in the Louisiana District. They  have two children, Mark and Melanie; their spouses, Loren and Sam; and three grandchildren, Avery, Hudson and Rand.

The Stanton’s have been steadfast in their commitment to God in an ever-changing world. They continue to reach for the lost, in addition to serving their community, and church family.

Our Pastor: Randy Stanton

Our Pastor: Randy Stanton

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MINISTRIES

Children's Ministry

Youth Director

First Pentecostal Church of Westlake believes in investing in our future. We believe Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. We disciple children to be followers of Jesus Christ, and create an atmosphere where they have a great time learning

There is an action-packed Sunday School every Sunday! We have fun themes for the children throughout the month.  Our Sunday School is set up on a rotational schedule where the children enjoy the following:

Youth Ministry

First Pentecostal Church of Westlake encourages Christian fellowship and discipleship for our young people. This is an important time in teens’ lives. We want to be a support in promoting growth in God and providing fellowship activities for good, wholesome entertainment.

R.E.A.L.  Youth Group has Junior High and High School classes in Sunday School every Sunday at 10AM.

R.E.A.L. Youth Services are the first and third week of every month (high-energy youth service with worship, interactive team building games, skills challenge, and youth inspired messages)

Monthly gym nights and youth Chorale

Monthly fellowship activities are scheduled for the youth.

Young Adults Ministry

Seeks to connect 18-34 year olds (married and single)

Monthly activities provided for a time of fellowship

Outreach events to reach the lost

Prime Adult’s Ministry

Seeks to connect 35-55 year olds (married and single)

Monthly activities provided for a time of fellowship

Outreach events to reach the lost

Senior Adults Ministry

Seeks to connect 56 year olds and up (married and single)

Monthly activities provided for a time of fellowshiP

Outreach events to reach the lost

Visitation to shut-ins

Discipleship Class

In-depth study of the Word of God

Sunday mornings at 10AM & Wednesday’s at 7:30PM

Women’s Ministry

Monthly prayer meeting

Special times of fellowship times throughout the year

Mens Ministry

Prayer meeting or special times of fellowship times throughout the year

First Pentecostal Church of Westlake strives to provide multiple areas to make connection and grow in God. We encourage every age group to carry out the vision of the church to REACH (Outreach), TEACH (Discipleship) and CONNECT (Fellowship Activities) on a monthly basis.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

REACH + TEACH + CONNECT = IMPACT

Our mission is to Reach the lost; Teach disciples; Connect disciples to the Body of Christ; and Impact our world.

Our vision is to be a 21st Century Apostolic church that teaches and operates in the fullness and power of God’s Word accompanied with the demonstration of the Holy Ghost. We are to heal the broken-hearted, raise up the sick, deliver the captives, recover sight to the blind, and worship in Spirit and in Truth.

 

Our Beliefs & Values

What we believe

First Pentecostal Church of Westlake is a United Pentecostal church founded on the first church birthed in the Book of Acts. We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.

We believe there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven and earth. He has revealed Himself as the Father (Creator), as the Son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).

We believe in water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Through baptism we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

We believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking in other tongues. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4

 

 

 

We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Ghost. God ministers to His people through tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy; words of knowledge and wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, working of miracles, and healings. Mark 16:15-18, Acts 5:16:2, 2 Corinthians 12:1-11

Unity

Until we come together in the UNITY of the FAITH

Liberty

He that the son has set free is free in DEED,

Love

Perfect Love cast out all fear

Our Church

First Pentecostal Church of Westlake was birthed from an old-fashioned outdoor revival in 1916, led by Rev. Robert LaFleur, on the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Trousdale Road.  It was here that charter members purchased one acre of land, and built a small wood-frame building lighted with gasoline lanterns, and heated with a stovepipe wood heater in the center of the room.

Sunday School was first organized in 1927. Throughout 1916-1927, the serving pastors were Rev. Joseph Frederick, Rev. Tommy Martin, and Rev. Stroud.

 Several members were added to the church in 1930, after a revival held on Miller Avenue. Rev. A. Fuselier almost single-handedly constructed a wood-frame building on a lot near Calcasieu River in 1934.  Shortly thereafter in 1939, the first youth program was organized.

Thenceforth in 1947, Rev. Melvin Dupriest sold the property near the river to the state for the construction of the I-10 Bridge right-of-way.  In turn, the Pentecostals purchased a lot on Cedar Street, and constructed a small sanctuary and four-room wood-frame parsonage.

Bro. J.T. Pugh served as pastor from 1949-1950.  During this time, he held a tent revival that resulted in additions to the membership. 

Rev. Daniel Guillory began a fifteen-year term as pastor in late 1950.  During his tenure of service, several building programs were completed, and the church more than doubled in membership.

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