Senior Pastor

First Baptist Lafayette voted March 8, 2020, to call Dr. James Pritchard as the next Senior Pastor. The vote by church members concludes a nine-month-long nationwide search. 

Dr. Pritchard has served as the Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church of Forney, Texas, since 2015. Prior to that, he pastored three churches in Texas and Oklahoma.

He holds a B.A. from East Texas Baptist University with a major in Christian Ministries and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a major in Evangelism.

James and his wife Kim have five children, Judah, Jolie, Josiah, John, and Jordan. He will begin his ministry in Lafayette on Easter Sunday.