Our ancestors played a pivotal role in making us who we are today. Our history must be passed on from generation to generation. It is with great pleasure that we pay tribute to those who have gone on before us and those who have crossed our paths. Please view the past Pastors of St. Rest Baptist Church along with the various church locations and worship centers.
Interim Pastor Lonnie Hamilton, Jr.
July 2020 to Present
Pastor Lonnie Hamilton retired from New Boggy Baptist Church, Bethany, Louisiana after serving as the congregation’s overseer for thirty-eight (38) years. Presently he serves as the Department Chair of Social Sciences at Southern University, Shreveport campus. We are excited to welcome him as our Interim Pastor. We look forward to him sharing his vast biblical knowledge, pastoral experiences, and leadership skills. Thank you Lord for your blessings as we continue this journey.
The Late Dr. Harry Blake, Interim Pastor
(October 2019 to April 2020)
6 months of Service
Dr. Harry Blake served as Interim Pastor for a short time but his presence, instructions, and sermons made a huge impact on his St. Rest family, his church membership. He was declared Pastor Emeritus at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA where he served as the Shepherd for more than 50 years. Dr. Blake has so many accolades to his name. He served in the following institutions and organizations…only to name a few: President of the 13th District Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention, Pastor Emeritus of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention, Vice President Emeritus of the National Baptist Convention USA, INC, and founding leader of Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith and Together, Louisiana. One of his most passionate works was displayed in the Civil Rights Movement where he marched along the side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and others. They walked and nonviolently protested for racial injustice and inequality. Before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Blake remained steadfast in the pulpit preaching and teaching God’s word. He preached heavily filled, thought provoking, conscious wrenching, and motivating inspirational sermons……not to mention his great sense of humor mixed in. He has certainly left a legacy to remember and cherish. “May The Work I’ve Done, Speak For Me.”
Pastor Clayton Moore
4 years of Service
The Lord guided Pastor Clayton Moore to become the Shepherd to oversee the St. Rest Baptist Church flock in January, 2015. Pastor Moore served as pastor of the Bread of Life Community Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri for fifteen (15) years before arriving in Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to Kansas City, he served as pastor of St. Savior Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana for two (2) years. Pastor Moore is known as a Great Pastor, Teacher, and Counselor. His educational background consisted of a Bachelors of Theology Degree, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Organizational Management, and Masters of Divinity Degree. His preaching was AWESOME. His sermons were always well- prepared and spirit-filled. Anyone could tell that he truly studied God’s word. He led by example………He Talked the Talk and Walked the Walk.
His vision for the church was to move beyond these doors into the community to seek those who are in need physically and those who are spiritually lost. He often spoke of how social programs are doing the work of the church and the church should get involve. He saw an opportunity of reaching those in need, those who were broken, those who were lost, and those society had forgotten or overlooked. Under his pastoral leadership, we are extremely proud of his noteworthy accomplishments. We collectively created a mission statement for the body of believers and church bylaws to govern the body. He initiated partnerships with Inner Faith, a social justice program. Through Inner Faith, we partnered with The Fuller Center for Housing. We also partnered with Harmony Faith Ministries, a feeding program and the Eddie Jones Head Start located on Ford street. Pastor Moore started a noon day Bible Study on Wednesdays and an exercise program every Wednesday night before Prayer Meeting. Movie day held once a month was created for the retirees and elderly. He, his wife, and a group of members created our Media Ministry which includes the Church Website, Facebook, and Instagram pages. The church’s audio/visual and sound system area was included in this ministry. One major huge accomplishment……..We are now able to give tithes and offerings electronically through the website and mobile apps. The Women’s Ministry became vibrant and active again. They partnered with the Rescue Mission to perform missionary work. As time rolled on and after much prayer, the Lord then guided Pastor Moore to be the Shepherd over the Second Baptist Church flock in Las Vegas, Nevada, September, 2019. We are immensely grateful to Pastor Moore and his family for the leadership, guidance, fellowship, and friendship they provided to all of us. Pastor Moore’s sermons, teachings, and advise are forever embedded in our minds and hearts. To God Be the Glory for the Great Things He Has Done!
The Late Pastor Robert Walton
24 years of Service
The Late Pastor Robert Walton served as a Pastor, an Educator, a Community Leader, and a Newspaper Spiritual Column Writer. Prior to being called to the ministry, he served as the Chairman of the Deaconboard at St. Rest Baptist Church. In 1980, he was called to the ministry. In 1991, St. Rest Baptist Church called him as Pastor. His guidance from the Holy Spirit and exceptional leadership skills helped and encouraged St. Rest Baptist Church to move on to greater heights. Several of many major accomplishments included the initiation and the completion of “The Fellowship Hall” and the obtainment of the property on Garden Street for parking purposes. As an educator, he crossed the paths of many students in the Caddo Parish School system. He served as an Assistant Principal at Herndon Middle School and North Caddo High School. He later served as a Principal at Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School. As a community leader, he served on the Shreveport Metropolitan Planning Committee. After having an intense and busy schedule, he always found time to write a weekly column entitled “Incentives for the Week” in the Shreveport Sun newspaper. From those weekly columns, he wrote a book entitled “Incentives for Positive Living”. St. Rest Baptist Church and the Ark-La-Tex are truly blessed to have had a MAN OF GOD….A TRUE LEGEND come this way to share his presence, knowledge, instructions, and spiritual messages from his sermons, book, and column in the weekly newspaper. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, the church fellowship hall was name in his honor, the Rev. Robert L. Walton Fellowship Hall.“What A Mighty God We Serve!”
The Late Pastor Henry Sherman Jr., Interim
4 months of Service
The Late Pastor John P. Simmons
39 years of Service
Pastor Simmons was a true solider in the army of the Lord. His committed years of service yielded him to move on up a little higher in God’s kingdom. God directed him to relocate St. Rest Baptist Church’s congregation to another newer, bigger, and modern building for worship and bible study. Many members and visitors marched from the old church to the new location, 1664 Garden Street, Shreveport, LA. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Garden Street was named Rev. John P. Simmons Street. “We Come This Far By Faith.”
Church Location: 1664 Garden Street, Shreveport, LA
Worship Center: Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church on Madison Ave, Shreveport, LA
Worship Center: YMCA on Texas Street, Shreveport, LA
Church Location: 1071 Short Line, Shreveport, LA
The Late Pastor H. K. Griffin
16 years of Service
Church Location: 1071 Short Line
The Late Pastor E. M. Gray, Interim
2 years of Service
Church Location: 1071 Short Line