Our Pastor in his own words;
I must first take a moment to thank you for spending this time perusing our website. I invite you to “Experience Grace” as you view these pages.
I was born, raised, and received my formative education in the culturally rich city of New Orleans, Louisiana. After completing high school at McDonogh #35 Senior High, I began my secondary and theological education at the internationally vibrant Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During these and subsequent years, God richly blessed, formed, and taught valuable life lessons through the rich mercy and grace that only God can show.
I have had the distinct pleasure of serving the New Orleans and DFW metroplex areas in the field of law enforcement while ministering in various settings. Finally, I was honored to graduate with honors from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology with a Master of Divinity Degree.
I enjoy a wonderful marital union with Rona Marie Bates, and together we share a beautiful family blend of 1 beautiful daughter and 3 awesome young men along with three beautiful granddaughters. Rona and I realize that God has given us the awesome task of representing the kingdom of God, sharing God’s love, life, and Word to a hurting world. My assignment is to encourage the people of God to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
I encourage you to Experience Grace for yourself!
Fred Bates Jr., Pastor