Asbury United Methodist Church of Natchitoches recently held a special Worship Service


“Rooted In Faith and Honoring Our Legacy” was the theme for the celebration, based on St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians where he admonished them, “…So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

The church was established in 1866 by a group of ex-slaves as Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church and for 150 years the church has been located at the corner of Fifth and St. Denis Streets, adjacent to the Natchitoches Historic District.

During the service, Rev. James A. Graham, who served the church for 23 years before his retirement, was recognized with the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus.

Mayor Lee Posey presented a proclamation to the eldest church member, Ruth Antee Thomas and other members of the church in honor of their 150th year including Lay Leader DeMelvin Johnson, Mayor Posey, Mrs. Thomas, Belinda Hearne, Judy Barnum and Travis Barnum.

3 thoughts on “Asbury United Methodist Church of Natchitoches recently held a special Worship Service

  1. Congratulations Rev. Graham. So sorry I was not able to attend that most well deserved recognition.

  2. First, congratulations to the Asbury United Methodist Church of Natchitoches for 150 years of service to God and the community. Congratulations to a very dear friend for receiving the well deserved title of Pastor Emeritus.

    Mrs. Patricia R. Butts, The Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City

  3. Congratulations to our cousin, Rev. Graham on his dedication and commitment to serve our Lord first, others second and self last. It takes a servant leader attitude to be able to able to transform our thinking, action and behavior to that of a Christ-like mind. Praise God to whom all honor is given.
    Brenda Tucker and Family

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