Memorial service set for longtime pastor of First Baptist of Laf - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Memorial service set for longtime pastor of First Baptist of Lafayette

The following is a Press Release from the First Baptist Church of Lafayette:

The Memorial Service for Dr. Perry Sanders will be held Wednesday, March 28, at First Baptist Church, 1100 Lee Avenue in downtown Lafayette.  Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. and the service is scheduled for noon.  Delhomme Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements. 

Dr. Perry Sanders, longtime pastor of First Baptist Lafayette, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at 2 a.m. local time.  He was 84 years old. Sanders served First Baptist for 47 years before retiring in 2006.  He previously served churches in other Louisiana cities including Baton Rouge and Jennings.

Born in South Carolina, he came to Louisiana to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  In addition to his service to local churches, he served two terms as president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, also terms as Pastoral Advisor to the Louisiana Baptist Student Union and Louisiana Baptist Music Conference, both the Foreign and Home Mission Boards of the Southern Baptist Convention, and chaired the Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Committees. 

A frequent speaker at Baptist Conventions and Evangelistic Conferences nationwide, he brought the closing message to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1981.

Always supportive of civic activities, Sanders was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Division Chairman of the United Givers Fund, Board of Directors of Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Founding Board of Directors of Acadiana Arts Council, Founding Trustee of Leadership Lafayette, and was inducted into Acadiana's Living Legends.

A fan of UL sports, he often brought the invocation at Ragin Cajun basketball games. He enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing.   

Under Sanders' pastorate, First Baptist implemented an aggressive outreach program and grew from 1,209 members to almost 5,000. The church expanded property and buildings to portions of seven city blocks, including the purchase of the former Mt. Carmel School property. In 2004 First Baptist completed construction of a 2,000 seat sanctuary.  Under his leadership the congregation began television broadcasts, innovative music programs, and started language ministries including Chinese, Spanish and Deaf.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 15, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 15, 2018

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 8:42 AM EST2018-01-16 13:42:19 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Misty Veonica Anderson, 46, Orange: Drug possession. Jeroid David Guillory, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of weapons, obstruction of justice, possession of drugs with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or produce, possession of synthetic marijuana. Wayland Lekeith Thibodeaux, 44, Sulphur: Obscenity, drug paraphernalia. Carl Allen Rogers, Jr., 48, Lake Charles: No turn signals, drug possession, dr...

    More >>

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Misty Veonica Anderson, 46, Orange: Drug possession. Jeroid David Guillory, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of weapons, obstruction of justice, possession of drugs with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or produce, possession of synthetic marijuana. Wayland Lekeith Thibodeaux, 44, Sulphur: Obscenity, drug paraphernalia. Carl Allen Rogers, Jr., 48, Lake Charles: No turn signals, drug possession, dr...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Winter weather advisory through tonight

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Winter weather advisory through tonight

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Winter weather advisory through tonight

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:07 AM EST2018-01-16 12:07:46 GMT
    Tuesday ForecastTuesday Forecast

    A big change is underway in our weather this morning as an Arctic cold front is sending temperatures plunging with already a winter storm underway across NW Louisiana as snow continues to fall.

    More >>

    A big change is underway in our weather this morning as an Arctic cold front is sending temperatures plunging with already a winter storm underway across NW Louisiana as snow continues to fall.

    More >>
  • Staying safe on the roads

    Staying safe on the roads

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 5:41 AM EST2018-01-16 10:41:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    With an expected freeze to hit Southwest Louisiana later today many are taking precautions and experts say its best to stay off the roads.  Icy weather conditions can lead to dangerous situations on the road so to make sure your commute is safe AAA recommends the following winter driving tips: Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, s...More >>
    With an expected freeze to hit Southwest Louisiana later today many are taking precautions and experts say its best to stay off the roads.  Icy weather conditions can lead to dangerous situations on the road so to make sure your commute is safe AAA recommends the following winter driving tips: Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, s...More >>
Powered by Frankly