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From the Pastor

Congratulations on your engagement! Marriage is a wonderful union between a man and a woman that blesses the world through the years in countless ways. Weddings are a joyful service of worship through which the union of husband and wife images the love of Jesus Christ for his bride, the Church. First Presbyterian conducts weddings just for active members of our church and their children.  All of us at the church are eager to assist in every way possible to make a member’s wedding a glorious day.
So many details go into a wedding. We’ve been thinking about them for years! Our wealth of experience of what makes for a joyous Christian wedding underlies the policies and procedures set out in these web pages.Please take some time to read through them. These policies have served us well in the past to create not only wonderful weddings but to encourage terrific marriages.
Next, contact our wedding coordinator, Sherry McKinley, to secure a date and get the process rolling ( or 225.620.0224). 
Soon, you’ll set up a meeting with one of our pastors. Couples married in our church are required to meet with the officiating pastor for several counseling sessions. They always report this to be a helpful, energizing process! Couples desiring more extensive counselling can take advantage of the Baton Rouge Christian Counselling Center here at church. More information is available on the Preparation Page.
Then, as the big day arrives, we’ll do everything we can to help your rehearsal and ceremony go smoothly. The pastors, staff and I look forward to helping you get off to a great start in the exciting adventure of Christian marriage.
Gerrit S. Dawson, Senior Pastor