About Hope Church
We believe the Bible is the source of our worldview.
At Hope Church, we believe that while the Bible was written by real people throughout history, God inspired them with the words to write, making the Bible His Word to us as well. Because of this, the Bible has the final say in our lives and beliefs.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
We believe that our members have a say in our church functions.
“22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers,”Acts 15:22 (ESV)
We believe every Christian has a direct connection to God through Jesus.
We believe that as a result of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross 2000+ years ago, the direct connection between God and humans that was once broken due to sin, has been made possible again. Therefore, we no longer need a priest to speak to God on our behalf; we can communicate with God ourselves.
“16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
“9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)
We believe in an Individual/Personal Commitment to Christ
We believe we are responsible for our own commitment to Jesus Christ. No one else can make this decision for us.
“12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”John 1:12 (ESV)
We believe in the Believer’s Baptism.
We believe that baptism (immersion in water) is a symbolic public proclamation for someone who has truly believed in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross and has chosen to confess Him as their Lord and Savior.
“4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life…”Romans 6:4-6 (ESV)
We exist to help people know and accept Jesus Christ, and through Him experience life-changing relationships.
Our Times and Location
Main Worship Service:
77151 Hwy 21 – Covington, LA 70435
9:30am – Fellowship, Coffee and Prayer
10:45am – Worship Service
Bible Fellowship Groups:
Wednesdays – 6:00pm-7:30pm
Pizza, Bible Study, and FUN (Various Teachers)
Children in Action
Wednesday Nights at 6:00pm
He has served as pastor of churches in Alabama and Louisiana and served as Chairman of the Division of Biblical Studies and J. Wash Watts Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1978 to 1995. Waylon is the author of five books, including The New American Commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. His latest book, LifeApps: Applying the Word of God to the Difficulties of Life, will be published soon. He is a frequent contributor to biblical and pastoral journals. Dr. Bailey currently serves as President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Dr. Bailey has served Southern Baptists in various capacities, including serving on the Committee on Committees and the Credentials Committee. He recently served as the Chairman of the Committee on Nominations for the Southern Baptist Convention.
In 1989, Waylon became the pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana. In the years he has served as pastor, the church has grown in weekly average worship attendance from 300 to 1900. In March 2001, the church relocated from its downtown location to a new 43-acre campus on Highway 1085 in Covington.
Waylon is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Martha Layton. They are the parents of two adult daughters, and have three grandsons and one granddaughter.