Luke 10:27 is a Christian Missional Church in Denham Springs that was founded to bring healing to a hurting world. There is no better way to answer that call than through LOVE!
Founding of a Christian Missional Church
In the year 2000, our founding pastor Leslie Akin, who was the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs, felt called by God to create a church based on loving God and our neighbor.
Leslie set out with 25 others to birth a interdenominational Christian Missional Church in Denham Springs where we are all given the space to experience God according to our own preference while embracing learning from one another.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”~ Luke 10:27
Since then, Luke has become more than that. We are a Missional Church in Denham Springs where mission is not just a part of the church, rather it is the church.
Healing Springs of Denham – Our Community
Denham Springs is a city founded for its healing springs. During the mid-to-late 1800s, people from Virginia to Florida came to the mineral springs for their healing capacity. Indeed, physicians frequently sent their patients to the springs to experience their rejuvenating powers.
In the 1850s, a bridge of boats formed at Benton’s Ferry over the Amite River to facilitate travel to the mineral springs in Denham.
There was a large hotel where sickly travelers stayed. The hotel burned down during the Civil War. Nevertheless, the mineral springs flourished and new hotels popped up.
In the early 1900s the Methodist Camp Meeting Association bought these springs. Believing in the healing power of God, the Methodists erected a tabernacle, held revivals, and experienced the holy presence of God.
The Role of Water in Denham Springs
Water has played a major role in the history of Denham Springs.
Most recently, during the Great Flood of 2016 which devastated our community. Thirty inches of rainfall flooded 90% of the homes and businesses of Denham Springs.
The flood waters left thousands stranded and dependent on the goodwill of others to come to their rescue. The “Cajun Navy”, a group of residents with their own boats showed up seemingly out of nowhere, rescuing the stranded and bringing hope to those in despair. As our mayor said, “Our faith, our families, and our friends got us through those deep waters.”
Out of this disaster and ongoing recovery efforts grew a “Denham Strong” mentality.
We come together as one community regardless of economic, class, or racial differences.
We are so blessed to be a part of the Denham Springs community.