About Hope Church

Our Beliefs

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)

Our Mission

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

Our Staff

Waylon Bailey is from Brantley, Alabama. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with the Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees. At his Master’s graduation Waylon received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduate in Biblical Studies. In 2012, New Orleans Seminary bestowed him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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.

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Jay joined the staff of FBC Covington in January 2009. He is a native of New Orleans and is a graduate of LA College with a B.S., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div. and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with D.Min. He has served churches in Louisiana, Florida and Tennessee. He also served for twenty years with LifeWay Christian Resources (formerly called the Baptist Sunday School Board.) He is married to Jerilyn Gaspard Johnston and they have two sons Grady and Jody. Grady is married to Ann and is a pastor in Virginia. Jody is a student at Liberty University.

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John Nguyen – Campus Pastor

My name is Johnathan Nguyen. I grew up in Picayune, MS and attended William Carey University where I received a B.A. in Biblical Studies with a minor in English. I am blessed to have been married to Zorana Nguyen since 10/5/2013. We now celebrate the arrival of our son Ian August Nguyen. Currently, I am pursuing an MDiv with a specialization in Christian Apologetics from NOBTS. My interests include coffee, playing guitar, and riding my motorcycle. I have passion for reaching the lost with Gospel and equipping others to do so.

Linda Martin
Children in Action Director