Our History and Name
Redemption Church was originally started as First Baptist Church of Lacombe in the latter part of 1923 and was constituted as FBC in 1925.
The church began under the leadership of Pastor S.C. Deen. Brother Deen was the caretaker of the then Baptist Encampment which was west of Fontainbleu State Park. The Encampment is now called Camp Living Waters and is located in Robert, LA. Brother Deen started meeting with a group of people as a ‘prayer circle’ in homes. It was from those prayer meetings that eventually led to worship services with 11 people in the Lacombe school building every fourth Sunday.
In 1934, the church moved into it’s first building on land that was donated by W.H. Davis. The church started having services on the second and fourth Sundays. An adjacent home owned by Forrest and Sarah Fogg was used as an adult Sunday school class.
In 1944, under the leadership of Pastor J.B. McAllister, the members began having services each Sunday.
In 1955, the church purchased property on Highway 190 next to the Lacombe Post Office for a future home for more growth. The church family at that time built the educational wing of the building first. Half of the structure was used for classrooms and half for a temporary auditorium. With a small loan and proceeds from the sale of the Davis property, monies were raised to complete the new building. Finally, in 1957, the church moved into its new home.
In 1974, the church expanded by adding a new fellowship hall and then doubled the size of the hall in 1982 along with adding new Nursery facilities.
In 2008, the church family believed that God had bigger things in store for its future and thus the church purchased 10 acres of land on Hwy 434 to relocate and have additional land for future growth. This vision continued to grow by buying an additional 10 acres in 2013 adjacent to the original 10 giving the church family of FBC 20 acres on Hwy 434 for future growth.
In February 2016, the church body of FBC Lacombe voted to change its name to Redemption Church of Lacombe. The purpose in this change was so that our church’s name would communicate the gospel message that God wants to redeem people more than simply having a name that communicated chronology and history.
What is Redemption?
Redemption is God’s action of redeeming/ransoming the lost from slavery to sin and Satan by paying the price of sin debt through Jesus’ sacrifice to set free an individual from slavery to sin in order to purchase them for His own possession.
At the moment we repent of sin and believe in the work of Jesus, He becomes our Redeemer. Through our repentance and belief in the work of Jesus, we are no longer slaves to sin because we have been ransomed from sin and we are set free to the King (Jesus - Our Redeemer) and belong to Him for all eternity because He has secured an eternal redemption for us. (Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 9:12).
Redemption Church is still affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. You can read our full doctrinal belief statement under the About Us tab.
God has written the history for Redemption Church by doing much and the church family is confident that God has more in store for the future of Redemption Church.
We believe that God is going to redeem many people for His name through His church here at Redemption Church.