6,000-Seat Convention Center

Sometime around Easter, Bethany Church in Baker will unveil its sanctuary and other buildings, which have been completely rebuilt since the flood last August, but there will be some surprises that will affect the future of the church and the school, and transform how facilities are used.
Senior pastor Jonathan Stockstill, administrator Jared Stockstill, and other members of the staff felt the 6,000-seat sanctuary, one of the finest facilities in the parish, was badly underutilized.  So they considered the options and embarked on a bold plan:
•    Bethany Convention Center will open with all the amenities normally associated with a 6,000-seat conference center.
•    Bethany Church will continue to meet at its Baker, South Baton Rouge, Mid-City and Livingston campuses.
•    Bethany Christian School is under construction at the South Campus and will open this fall.
• No school will be held in Baker.Bethany Church has begun construction of the new Bethany Christian School on the church’s south campus by the three crosses on I-10, according to church administrator Jared Stockstill. The school will include the Cub Club for children from six weeks to three years.
Beginning this fall, Bethany Christian School still serve youngsters from K4 to 5th grade on the south campus.  The principal is Stephanie Edmonds.
Because of the flood in August, Bethany Christian School in Baker closed, and high school students transferred to Christian Life Academy in South Baton Rouge.  Elementary and middle school students were bused daily from the Baker campus to Bethany’s south campus, where school continues.
However, the Baker campus will not reopen, and students who attended Christian Life this year will continue there or move to other schools.
The new school on the south campus is accepting students for the fall. For enrollment information, call Stephanie Edmonds at 225-412-5335.
Church services will continue at Bethany’s four campuses — Baker, South Baton Rouge, Mid-City and Livingston.
The senior pastor of Bethany Church is Jonathan Stockstill. Administrator is Jared Stockstill.  The school is part of the church.

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