Reverend  Steven L. Kelly

"Rev. Steven Kelly began as pastor of Bayou Vista Baptist Church in August 2009.  He has been in full-time pastoral ministry for twenty-five years. He has graduated from both the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary & the University of New Orleans.  His service has taken him to churches in Mississippi, Iowa, and Louisiana. A native of the New Orleans area, Pastor Kelly is excited to be back in south Louisiana."

Pastor Kelly and his wife, Tammilee, have three children -- Andrew, Adam, and Sarah


A Word from our Pastor.


Minister of Music and Education

Reverend  Robert C. (Bobby) Powell

"Bobby has served at Bayou Vista since August 1995 in this capacity.  A native of northeast Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana College & Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Bobby has also served in several other churches leading music ministries in both Louisiana and Texas. 

Bobby and his wife Janet have three children -- Matthew, Mark, and Cari."


Minister of Youth

Paul Gilder

"Paul grew up in Bayou Vista Baptist Church, where his father, Rev. Charles Gilder, was the long time pastor.  He went off to college at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe and received his teaching degree.  He then spent some time attending the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He came back home with the desire to serve in a bi-vocational capacity at his home church as youth minister and has done so for the last twenty years.

Paul and his wife Cynthia have three children -- V.C., Abram, and Gabrielle.."


Pastor Emeritus - (Pastor: 1970 - 2008)

Reverend Charles S. Gilder

"As Pastor Emeritus of Bayou Vista Baptist Church I have seen God do mighty things. He is doing a great work in our Church and community. I pray that if you do not have a church home that you would visit us. We are a family that allows God's love to flow among us. Come, let's Worship together!"



Judi Lambert



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