The I-12 Corridor includes Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany Parish, & Washington Parishes. Three Baptist Associations cover this area- Northshore Baptist Association (Hammond/Ponchatoula, Covington/Mandeville, Slidell) & Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association (Denham Spring, Walker area), Baptist Associations of SE LA (Franklinton, Bogalusa, Amite). It’s been one of the fastest growing in Louisiana over the last few years. Estimated population of these three parishes combined is now 505,587. Population has grown an estimated 7% over the last 5 years. Some great work happening on Louisiana’s I-12 Corridor through Church Planting. Still more is needed. Here’s some of the latest data:

  • Population of Northshore Baptist Association area: 367,799 (7% increase since 2010).
  • 1 church for every 4,485 residents on the Northshore.
  • Only 3.1 % of the population of NSBA attends worship in a SBC Church.
  • Only 1.8% of the population of NSBA attends Bible Study or small group in a SBC Church.
  • Churches have grown by 2.3% over the last five years, but not as fast as the population growth of 7%.
  • Evangelical Population of the I-12 Corridor: 25%
  • 270,000+ unaffiliated with any denomination or church.
  • 1 church for every 2,995 residents in Livingston Parish.
  • Only 4.8% of the population of Eastern LA Association attend worship in a SBC church.
  • Only 2.8% of the population of Eastern LA Association area attend Bible Study in a SBC church.

Current Louisiana Baptists Planters along I-20:

Elltore Austin – Still Water Northeast – Hammond
Joey Beeson – Walker Community Ministries –Walker
Sam Cirincioni – The Field Church –Mandeville
Cameron Gober – The Way Church –Livingston
Louis Husser – Boots N Saddles Cowboy Church –Folsom
Derek Kitterlin – Barker’s Corner Mission –Mandeville
Larry Lucas – Faith Baptist Church –Franklinton
Marvin Mercado – Iglesia Agua Viva, Pearl River & Iglesia Bautista Buenas Nuevas –Slidell
Cedric Murphy – Body of Christ Church –Baker
Miguel Rodriguez – Nueva Vida en Cristo –Bogalusa
Ramon Rodriguez – Fuente de Agua Viva, Natalbany & Vida Nueva –Ponchatoula
Jeffrey Smith – Genesis Church –Baker
Matt Smith – Connect Church, –Covington
Kirk Strawbridge – Bridge Church Covington

Associations included in this region:

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