Our Mission & Vision

Our mission at Holden Baptist Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. We are to be a body of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community and throughout the world. (Acts 1:8) Our desire is to experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers. We are to help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man while ministering unselfishly to people in the community and the world in Jesus’ name. As a body of believers our purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality and possessions to the Lordship of Christ.

Leadership Team:


Russell Hinson – Pastor



Growing up in rural Livingston Parish has been a joyful experience.  Being able to hunt and fish with my dad and others in the community has been both exciting and educational.

The greatest excitement in my life though has not come from hunting and fishing, but from meeting Jesus Christ and receiving Him as my Lord and Savior.  With His leadership, my life has been blessed greatly with forgiveness of my personal sins, the meeting and marriage of my wife Lisa, and the call from God into the ministry.  After our marriage God blessed Lisa and I with two boys, now men, Curt and Joshua Hinson.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Lord.  His service has led me to First Baptist of Holden as pastor.  What a joy and privilege to serve as pastor in this community.

Bro. Russell


What we believe: 

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement or the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Covention. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

About God:

God identified Himself as “I Am” (Exodus 20:2) – meaning He is the self-existent (has no beginning or end) eternal Creator of the universe.

About the Trinity:

There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4; James 2:19).

About Jesus:

Jesus is fully God and fully man. He was placed in Mary’s womb by the Holy Spirit of God. It was not by sexual union, but by a supernatural act (Luke 1:35 ; John 1:1,14, 18; 10:30 ).

Jesus is not just an enlightened man. He is the God of the universe (John 1:1, 14, 18; 8:58; 10:30. Compare Titus 2:13 and Isaiah 45:21), and He is equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

His death on the cross completely paid for the sins of the world         (1 John 2:2).

About the Bible:

The Bible alone is the word of God and is absolute truth. It is without error. It cannot and should not be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Revelation 22:18-20). It backs up its claim as the word of God with accuracy, historical correctness, and fulfilled prophecy. All 66 books of the Bible are inspired by God, so you can’t just pick and choose what you ‘think’ is true.

About the Afterlife:

Those who trust in Christ alone as their only hope of salvation spend eternity in heaven; those who reject Christ spend an eternity in hell. (John 5:24-30; Revelation 20:11-15). The Bible denies the concept of reincarnation (Hebrews 9:27-28).

About Salvation:

Every person born on this planet is born into sin, is destined for hell and needs a Savior. (Romans 3:23).

Salvation is by faith in Christ ALONE on the basis of His death on the cross. Good works or keeping the law have nothing to do with being saved (John 3:16-17, 36; 6:29, 47; Romans 4:1-5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

Jesus claimed He was the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one gets into heaven except through Him (John 14:6).

Only through salvation do we have true joy. Jesus said, “The thief (meaning Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.