ABOUT OUR CHURCH
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
In 1926, Kenner was a sleepy little suburb of New Orleans. Third Street (Jefferson Highway) was the main road that followed the river from the big city. Williams Boulevard was a dirt road at the edge of the swamp. Twelve Baptist families in Kenner wanted to begin a church in their city (there were only a Catholic and a Presbyterian church at that time). In March of that year, a young preacher (a Baptist Bible Institute student; now the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), took the OK streetcar to begin meeting with the group for Bible Study. This faithful congregation became the First Baptist Church on December 6, 1926. Ours is a rich heritage of commitment.
We’re located on Williams Boulevard a little more than a quarter mile south of Interstate 10. Our church activities happen in two main buildings (across the street from one another): the sanctuary and education building.
Most everything at the church happens on Wednesday night or Sunday morning. Sunday morning is a time for small group bible studies for all ages (at 9AM) and for worshiping together (10:30AM). Wednesday night has activities for all ages too, starting at 6:15PM. For adults, various small groups are offered on Wednesday night covering different topics.
Bible Study at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
We are located at
1400 Williams Blvd.
Kenner, LA. 70062
At First Baptist Church of Kenner, we believe Jesus clearly spelled out our mission when He gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. Our mission is what we aim to do as a church:
To make Christ-followers who are transformed by His truth and sent out in His name.First Baptist Kenner Mission Statement (What We Do)
Our vision is what we want our church to be. It’s what we aim for.
To become a biblically faithful, selflessly-motivated, and missionally-focused congregation committed to changing the lives of individuals and families with the gospel of Jesus Christ.First Baptist Kenner Vision Statement (What We Want to Be)
Rhyne Putman serves as Pastor of Preaching and Vision at FBC Kenner.
His day job is at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he serves as the Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture. (Yes, he’s the nerdy theology type.)
Rhyne is the author of In Defense of Doctrine (Fortress Press, 2015) and of When Doctrine Divides (Fortress Press, 2017). He greatly appreciates any contribution you make to his son’s college education by buying his very (interesting) books.
He’s also a pop culture geek who thinks himself Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen. He also bleeds Mississippi State maroon.
More importantly, he’s the husband of the stunning Micah and the father of a rambunctious preschooler named Ben.
After a full career in industrial management with a major corporation, Danny retired to something equally strenuous, more varied, and that pays less: He joined our church staff! Danny is the adventurous sort.
Danny has a wall-full of degrees, starting with a B.S. from the University of Houston, followed by an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, and capped with a M.A. in worship ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Whew! And, if that’s not enough, Danny plays both the oboe and English horn in the New Orleans Civic Orchestra!
Danny has been married to Courtney for 40 years, and they are parents of Jenny (Wesley) and Lindsey (Cliff). More importantly, they are grandparents of five boys, which includes two sets of twins.
Danny’s favorite restaurant is Middendorf’s, up the highway in Manchac. If he could invite anyone to enjoy the thin catfish with him, Drew Brees would get the honor. Danny has Number 9’s Saints’ shirt. “I’m a big fan,” he says. “I’d love to hear how he uses his faith to influence people.”
Danny’s all-time favorite movie is “Young Frankenstein,” and his favorite guilty pleasure is “eating cookie dough–with a big spoon!” (He would NOT invite Drew Brees to take a spoon and join in!)
Danny’s favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 12:9. “My grace is sufficient for Thee and my power is made perfect in weakness.” Danny says, “In my weaknesses, I get a renewed sense of His power and His willingness to accomplish His will, often in spite of me.”
Danny loves working with senior adults and hopes to become one someday — in a few decades!
“I wish someone had helped me when I was a teenager,” says Brad. “I wish they had taken the time to teach me the Bible so I could understand it.”
Anyone wondering what drives Brad’s passion in reaching students need look no further than that.
Brad, native of Brent, Alabama, and graduate of Jacksonville State University and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, is married to Stacy and they are the parents of Andrew, Kate, Hannah, and Moses. That’s the most important stuff.
And for the fun stuff…
Brad loves the seafood at Smitty’s Restaurant in Kenner, and he calls IHOP his “guilty pleasure.” His favorite movie is “RV,” and if he could have dinner with anyone anywhere, he would choose Billy Graham. (If Dr. Graham can’t make it, Brad’s second choice is Stacy, his wife.)
Brad’s favorite scripture is James 4:8. “Draw nigh to the Lord and He will draw nigh to you.” “God is always with me,” Brad says. We gave Brad two “if nots.” If you were not in the ministry, what would you be doing? “I’d be in the military.” And, if it were not fattening, which food would you binge on? “No question, chocolate cake.”