Troy ParkerLead Pastor
Dennis AustinAssociate Pastor
Warren JacksonWorship Leader/Administrator
Kyle BickhamConnection Pastor
Phillip ColeStudent Pastor
Jen AndersonChildren's Pastor
Angie BurghartMinistry Coordinator
Justin PoseyCreative Director
Jennifer WardMinistry Assistant
In January of 2001, Troy and Anna Joy accepted an invitation to drive from Baton Rouge to Shreveport and teach a monthly Bible study to a group of folks searching for a new church connection. By May, they resigned their positions at Bethany World Prayer Center and moved to Shreveport, stepping out in faith to begin the process of a new church plant. Along with a handful of eager and committed new friends, they met for several months to pray, plan and realize their dream of a fresh, young, life-giving church for Shreveport – Bossier City.
On January 27, 2002, in the University Theatre, LSU-Shreveport, CARR’s home for the next seven years, Church at Red River had its first public service. What a thrilling day! Through the faithfulness of God and the generosity of His people, 46 wooded acres in southeast Shreveport were purchased, and the Church at Red River family moved into its new and permanent home in March 2009.
The Lord has blessed CARR with a skilled and creative team of men and women who love God and His people, and are passionate about creating a place where folks can become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
God is at work at Church at Red River. The life-giving message of the Gospel and the passion and joy of its Sunday Celebrations continues to bring steady and sustained growth. We’d love to have you come and see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple.
Troy Parker is the founding and lead pastor of Church at Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana. After a stint in the US Navy and sensing a call to ministry, he enrolled in and graduated from International Bible College in San Antonio, where he met and married Anna Joy in 1978. The next twenty three years were filled with teaching, pursuing more education, and serving two churches in south Louisiana. A deep love of the Word, and a passion for helping the un-churched find their place in the family of God, lead Troy and Anna Joy to plant Church at Red River in 2002.
Troy’s years in the classroom makes him a teacher more than a preacher. He believes church should be a place of celebration, where folks can grow in their relationship with the Lord, and find a passion to minister to those in our city and in our world.
Troy and Anna Joy have spent their lives serving together in ministry, and count it a privilege to be invited into the highest and lowest moments of people’s lives. She oversees Events and Women’s Ministry at the church. They have two grown daughters, Amy and Katie.
Who We Are
Church at Red River is a Christian church. We follow Jesus, we teach from the Bible, and we worship God as the creator and ruler of the universe. Through our relationship with Christ, we are healed, renewed, redeemed, forgiven, transformed, loved. It’s our passion to share this faith and hope with the world. For a summarized statement of what we believe, see “A Brief Statement of Faith.” For a more detailed doctrinal position with support from the Bible, download the “Doctrinal Statement.”Doctrinal Statement Membership Covenant Membership Agreement
A Brief Statement of Faith
The sole basis for our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it speaks. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each possessing all the attributes of deity.
God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace – not human effort – and must be received personally by repentance and faith.
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. Jesus baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, and will return to earth to consummate history.
The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
What to ExpectCasual Atmostphere
Weekend Experiences that last for an hour*
Live worship music
Fun teaching for your kids & teens.
Are you looking to learn more about Church at Red River? Do you enjoy food, community, and Jesus? If yes, then Newcomers Reception is for you! It’s held at Pastor Troy and Anna Joy Parker’s house. Childcare will be provided.
R.S.V.P. Get Directions Email Anna Joy Parker
Are you interested in learning more about how to become a member at Church at Red River? Come to the “Covenant Membership” class. It’s a no obligation event, plus there will be coffee and a continental breakfast – what’s not to like?!
Doctrinal Statement Membership Covenant Membership Agreement R.S.V.P. Email Dennis Austin