About Faith Church Clinton
Faith Presbyterian Church began in the early 1990’s when a core group of committed and faithful families started meeting and praying together about the possibility of having a Reformed and Presbyterian Church that served East Feliciana Parish. In a very short time the Lord brought other families in the community together and Faith Presbyterian Church organized as a local congregation and member of Southeast Louisiana Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in America.
First, we are a CHRISTIAN church. We believe that the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testament) are authoritative in the original manuscripts. The Bible is God’s revelation of his will to humanity and as such is authoritative over all of life. We believe in the Holy Trinity that God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that all people have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God deserving his wrath and displeasure. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only redeemer of God’s elect and that salvation is only by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that God works in history through Covenantal relationships and has shown himself to be faithful to his people throughout all generations. We believe that the Holy Spirit is active and indwells the heart of God’s people and breathes new life into dead sinners causing us to live more and more for Christ and his Glory. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ and the resurrection from the dead. We believe that all of life is meant to be lived under the authority of Jesus Christ, in worship of him all for the sake of his Glory.
Second, we are a Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Church has a rich theological and historical tradition that stretches back to the 16th century reformation in Switzerland and Scotland and the further reformation in England in the 17th century. These reformations were not new “reformations” but a recovery of the beliefs and practices of the apostolic church found in the Holy Scriptures. We are a member of the Presbyterian Church in America.
The word Presbyterian simply means “ruled by elders”. The Leadership of the church consists of elders and deacons. The Elders are divided into two classes: Teaching Elders (Pastors) and Ruling Elders (lay ministers). The Elders are responsible for the Spiritual oversight of the church and are elected by members of the congregation. The Deacons are elected men who serve the physical needs of the church members as well as the oversight of the church building.
The Rev. Kelly W. Dotson serves as the fourth pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church. Kelly is a native of Zachary, Louisiana and is married to Amy Foote Dotson (a true Mississippi girl). Both Kelly and Amy love all things related to the people and culture of South Louisiana. They long to see the day when the “joie de vivre” of South Louisiana finds its greatest joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our Ruling Elders
- Mr. Clyde Kennedy
- Mr. Guy Kent
- Mr. Rip White
- Mr. Sprague Williams
- Mr. Ryan Dawson
- Mr. John Edwards
- Mr. Buddy Vance