First Baptist of Lafayette said goodbye to their pastor of 14 years yesterday.
Steve Horn was selected last week to be the new executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Yesterday morning, Horn delivered his last sermon as pastor of the large downtown church, and last night the church family hosted a fellowship to honor him and give people a chance to say goodbye.
When KATC’s crew arrived at the event, there was a line reaching outside the doors of the church: it was the people who wanted to speak to Horn personally.
“We’re blessed to have him in these 14 years,” said Administrative Pastor Ray Swift. “We’re sad to see him leave, but we know that God has some great things planned for his life as well as First Baptist Church Lafayette.”
Here are some photos posted on the church’s Facebook wall:
Horn will succeed David Hankins, who retires as executive director June 30.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected to lead Louisiana Baptists in our cooperative efforts at this crucial time,” Horn said. “I want to thank the search committee and entire Executive Board for their confidence in me. I look forward to earning the trust of all Louisiana Baptists. I am ready to go to work listening and learning.
“My prayer for Louisiana is as the Apostle Paul said about his people – ‘My heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation.’”
Horn has served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lafayette since 2005, and before that led three other Louisiana congregations: New Haven Baptist Church, Natalbany; Satsuma Baptist Church, Livingston; and, Highland Baptist Church, New Iberia.
Horn also has served in a number of leadership roles in Louisiana Baptist and Southern Baptist life, including serving as a trustee for Louisiana College and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.