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Message from Pastor


I want to thank you for visiting Joy Baptist Church's website. My name is Keith Laude and I am the pastor here at Joy Baptist Church. My family and I are very excited about what God has done, is doing, and will do here at Joy. Here is some information I hope will make you more familiar with me and my family as we seek to minister alongside of you.

I was born and raised on a dairy farm about 40 minutes outside of Green Bay, WI. Yes, I am a Yankee and a Packer fan, but I have come to love the southern hospitality down here in Texas and I'll even root for the Cowboys (so long as they are not playing the Packers). I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at age seventeen while I was milking cows one night listening to Dr. David Jeremiah on the radio. After I graduated from high school I joined the Air Force and got to serve our country in the Middle East as an aircraft technician on the F-117 Stealth Fighter during Operation Enduring Freedom.

It was during my time in the Air Force that I met Julie at Trinity Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, TX. A native born Texan, Julie was saved and baptized there at the same church at the age of seven. I also was baptized at TBC (albeit much later than she) on Easter Sunday of 2001. It became quite obvious that Julie was the one for me and we were married in July, 2001. God blessed us with our first child: Allyson, in 2002. God called me into the ministry shortly before Allyson was born and so we decided to get out of the Air Force after my contract was up.

The three of us moved from Holloman AFB, NM back to Wichita Falls, TX and Julie and I both attended Wayland Baptist University. Julie graduated in the spring of 2006 and I graduated the following fall. In between graduations the Lord blessed us with our second child Dominic in 2006.

Later that year I started attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and I became the pastor of Verona Baptist Church in Blue Ridge, TX. I was ordained for the Gospel Ministry there in February of 2007. The Lord led us away from VBC in January of 2008 and we have been here at Joy Baptist Church since June 2008.

Since we have been at Joy the LORD has blessed us with two more children: Collin in 2009 and Elizabeth Joy in 2012. I also graduated from SWBTS in December of 2012.

I am very conservative theologically. I believe the entire Bible is inspired by God and is totally true and trustworthy. I affirm everything stated in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Evangelism and discipleship are very important as teaching is the center of my calling. If you are a child of God who seeks to serve Him then I encourage you to come and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ along with us here at Joy Baptist Church.

If you do not consider yourself a child of God then I encourage you to consider a few things. God created you. You are not the blind result of random chance processes; you are specially made in the image and likeness of God. You are extremely valuable in His eyes. Because God made you He has authority over you and because of His great love for you He is deeply concerned about your wellbeing. The universe was created to be very good with no disease or death, but the bad news is we have rebelled against God's authority by lying, stealing, dishonoring our parents, and a whole host of other things. We thought we could do better without God by sinning against Him and by doing so we have only brought great troubles upon ourselves. Because of our rebellion the world is cursed and we deserve to die both physically here on earth and spiritually in the eternal fires of hell. The good news is that God loves us so much that He decided to save us from our sins and the punishment we deserve. God became a man named Jesus Christ and He lived the perfect life. He didn't sin even once and because He didn't sin He didn't have to die, but He chose to die on the cross to take our punishment upon Himself. After three days Jesus came back to life and defeated death itself. The Bible teaches that if we repent by confessing our sins and we trust in Jesus as our God and Savior then we can be saved from the hell we deserve and live forever in the paradise of heaven where death and disease will be no more. If you are not a child of God I plead with you to pray to Him about these things and I also encourage you to come worship Him with us here at Joy Baptist Church.

May God bless you,

Pastor Keith Laude

Laude Family