Church History

In 1923, when times were particularly difficult for a race of people who were only a few decades past slavery and experiencing extreme poverty, a dynamic project had its beginning.  The project was that of the founding of Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church originally referred to as “Rock Street Church.” It took a great deal of stamina, foresight, love, and most of all prayers for spiritual guidance from God on the part of 14 pilgrims who might be called the founding fathers of this church.

Our Pastor

Pastor Kemper was born to a teacher and a preacher in Fort Polk, Louisiana. After graduating high school, Kemper served several years in the U.S. Army. He graduated from GMOR Theological Institute in Houston, Texas. (Master of Theology in Religious Education) in 2013. Pastor E was privileged to travel as a missionary to Haiti in 2015, where he helped build restrooms for an orphanage and lay the foundation for an elderly home.

Pastor E was a featured columnist in the CSN Magazine from 2009-2010. His monthly column was entitled Divine Prescriptions. Pastor E is the author of seven books. He is the host of the Sunday morning broadcast entitled Word Up with Pastor E on KZWA 104.9fm every Sunday from 6 to 9AM. Pastor Kemper also is a board member of the SWLA Sickle Cell Anemia foundation.

He is married to Orelia Marie Kemper. To this union of better than 15 years was given two children: Ellis James Kemper IV and Eyana Janae Kemper.

Associate Ministers
Rev edward smith
Rev Donavon deville
our deacons:

Gurvis Jacob

Chairman of Deacons

Charlie Mitchell

WMU, Evangelistic Outreach

Collie Thomas

Choir, Vans, Building and Grounds

John Reliford

Ushers, Nurses, and Security

Lester Coleman

Pilgrim Kids, Impact Youth, Nursery, Young Adults, Benevolence

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Freddie Hector

Vice-Chairman of Deacons, Orientation, Membership

Eligha Guillory

Audio-Video, Sunday School

Donald McKinnie

Publicity, Recreation

Alfred Braxton

Hospitality, Personnel, Church Growth

Ronald Swain

Robert Simpson

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our ministry leaders:

Frank Clemons

Brotherhood President

Tywana Braxton

D.R.I.V.E.N. /Young Adult Director

Ralph Joubert

Trustee Board, Chairman

Charlie Mitchell

Sunday School Superintendent

Edward Hudson

Head Usher

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Janet Griffin

WMU President

Selena Bias

Director of Pilgrim Kids Ministry

Mildred Livingston-Smith

Youth Director

Charles Woods

Head of Security

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Sunday School 9:30AM | Sunday Worship 11AM | Wednesday Night Fellowship 6PM 

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Mount Pilgrim
Baptist Church


119 North Bank Street

Lake Charles, La 70601

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