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Rev. Weldon Bares & Max

A Relevant Message Rooted by A Tradition of Faith


Since 1871, when this church was founded by thirteen visionary people, First United Methodist Church has made a difference in the spiritual lives of many.  While we have maintained a downtown location, we are truly a regional church, reaching many persons from the surrounding communities of Calcasieu Parish.


We offer two worship options, one contemporary and one traditional.  Whichever option you prefer, it is our hope that you will find the experience to be warm, inviting, and dynamic. If you are living anywhere in the area or just in the area for the weekend, we invite you to join us for worship.  If there is any way we can be helpful to you, please allow us to serve you.


God bless you!


Weldon C. Bares


Rev. Weldon Bares, a native of Lafayette, graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a degree in Communication. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. Weldon was ordained as an elder in full connection in the Louisiana Annual Conference in 1981.

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