Bethany was started in 1963 in a small house in Baker, Louisiana. We are a church that is rich in Godly heritage and carries a legacy that is three generations strong. Pastor Jonathan Stockstill leads Bethany with fresh vision to see Baton Rouge and surrounding areas won for Christ and to see people’s hearts set ablaze for the Kingdom of God. Our mission is simple, we want to Bring ALL PEOPLE into the Life, Family, and Purpose of God.
Raised in a legacy family, Jonathan Stockstill was born with ministry in his blood. From an early age, it was apparent that Jonathan had a tremendous gift for music. He won several state championships in piano before going on to master several other instruments and become an internationally recognized worship artist. By the age of 30, he had recorded more than 10 albums and personally written over 100 songs.
At the age of 30, Jonathan transitioned from worship pastor to lead pastor of Bethany Church, following in the footsteps of his father, Larry Stockstill, and his grandfather, Roy Stockstill. During the last five years, he has taken the church to new heights in both growth and influence. Jonathan has an exciting vision for the future of Bethany. With statewide campuses and Bethany church plants around the world, the next chapter is going to be very exciting.
Jonathan married the love of his life, Angie, in 2005. Whether swimming with his girls or wrestling with his son, Jonathan enjoys being a dad above all his many other responsibilities. When he and Angie relax, they love to frequent new restaurants and get away to popular travel destinations. A native of the bayous, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially water sports. He especially likes to fish and Yolo, sometimes doing both at the same time.
At heart, Jonathan is a creative leader. His musical innovation and leadership style define the best of the new generation of church leaders.
We believe that church should be a place that is full of life, excitement, and the transforming Presence of God. When you visit any of our locations, you will experience just that.
Our worship is energetic and passionate, we teach from the Bible in a powerful but practical way, and we love others compassionately.
From the quality nursery and fun-filled children’s service to the relevant and inspiring teaching, there is something for everyone! Most importantly, you will experience the Presence of God. But rather than let us tell you about it, come check it out for yourself!
Here at Bethany, our mission is to bring all people into the life, family and purpose of God. We believe anyone who is connected to Christ in these three key areas are poised to thrive in every other area of life.
We don’t just believe in our mission statement, we also live it out and express these principles practically. To us, ‘all people’ represents the rich cultural and generational diversity that makes up the Kingdom of God. Being connected to the life of Christ means growing daily as a disciple. Being a part of the family of God means being a part of a life giving community of believers, like a Bgroup. Finding purpose in the life and family of God looks like serving on the Ateam, going on a missions trip, or serving our local community through outreaches.