Sunday devotion begins at 9:45am, Sunday School at 10:00 am, and Worship Service at 10:45 am. If you have any questions, contact us here. We’d love to have you join us! You can also call (318) 746-9167.
Heritage is a family Church. Established in 1947 as a mission work through Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Minden, Louisiana and organized a year later in 1948 as Central Missionary Baptist Church of Shreveport Louisiana. The first pastor was the missionary who led Central from the beginning, Brother Julian Pope. In 1960 Central relocated to Alma Street in Shreveport. This move was necessary because of the construction of interstate 20 through downtown Shreveport.
Brother Pope was followed by Brother J. E. Hollingsworth, Sr. who led in the relocation to Alma Street. Brother Dwayne Furlow followed brother Hollingsworth. Brother Quinton Horn led Central from 1973 until 1977. Brother Julius Carter was pastor from 1977 until 1987. Brother Mark Smith pastored from 1987 until 1992. Brother Larry Chandler was pastor from 1992 until 1994. In 1995 Centralrelocated to Bossier City Louisiana under the leadership of Pastor David McCormick, Central changed its name to Heritage. Brother David served from 1994 until his retirement in 2016. Under his leadership, the current location was purchased and the building was constructed.
Every age group has a home at Heritage. Programs include Senior Saints, Men’s Brotherhood, Ladies Auxiliary, Vacation Bible School, Church Camp, Church Choir, and Prison Ministry.
The desire of the members of Heritage is for you to feel welcome. Come and join us, and find a place to worship Christ in Spirit and in truth.
Cole Melton became the pastor of Heritage in March of 2017. Bro. Cole was born November 1, 1988 in Camden, AR. He grew up in Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, where at the age of 11 he accepted Christ as his savior. Bro. Cole surrendered to the ministry during the summer of 2006. After Graduating High School in 2007, Bro. Cole began his seminary training and graduated in 2012 from the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary. Bro. Cole married his wife, Kaley Orr of Hope, AR May 28, 2011. Bro. Cole and his wife Kaley have one son named Aiden born in September of 2012. Bro. Cole has pastored churches in Arkansas and Louisiana.
The most important thing to know, when trying to choose a Church Home, is what do we believe and teach. At Heritage we strive to follow the Bible doctrines, we base what we believe off of the scriptures. Further down this page you will find our Doctrinal Statement. Heritage Missionary Baptist Church associates with the American Baptist Association.
The following are just some of our prominent beliefs.
1. We believe that men are sinner and that Jesus Christ, the sinless son of God, died on mount Calvary to save man from sin. Those who call upon the name of Jesus can and will be saved (John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9)
2. We believe once saved always saved. Jesus Christ died once for all (Hebrews 9:24-28) and even though sin is ever present in our lives, once salvation is received it is eternal. (John 3:36, John 5:24, Romans 8:35-39)
3. We believe in the Triune God, or the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit exist equal in divine perfection. (Matthew 28:19)
4. We believe in that the Bible is the perfect will and word of God. Preserved through the ages by the power of God, it is infallible (without error). (Psalms 119:160, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
5. We believe that Love is a defining characteristic of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore should be a defining characteristic of Heritage Missionary Baptist Church. Love is the great gift and commandment of God. (Matthew 22:35-40, 1 John 4:7-21)
Doctrinal Statement of the American Baptist Association
- We believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4, 5).
- We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
- We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection (Matt. 28:19).
- We believe in the Genesis account of Creation (Gen. 1; 2).
- We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).
- We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).
- We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19).
- We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4).
- We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. chapters 12-14).
- We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19).
- We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
- We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).
- We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).
- We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).
- We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12).
- We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21).
- We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 17-20, 26).
- We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.
- We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under control of the churches (Matt. 20:25-28).
- We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15).
- We believe the Bible definition of marriage is the union between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:21-24; Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; I Cor. 7:2-4; Eph. 5:22-31)