The Wooddale Baptist Mission Church grew out of a group of praying people. Rev. Chuck Marley, pastor of Community Baptist Church of Alexandria, Louisiana.
In May of 1992, Rev. C. Marley discovered that his church bordered a community of African-Americans. The Wooddale housing project is at the center of the Afro-American community. Rev. Marley attempted to enroll persons in a bible study and he church membership with very limited success. He and his director of mission, Rev. Carl Burris visited Mr. Carrol Lanier, director of Alexandria Housing Authority to discuss the possiblity of the Community Center to start a ministry in the community after a visit and tour of the facility. The authority contracted with a private organization to operate the center, their request was denied.
Rev. Marley continued his effort and with the aid of Evangelist Payne, a well known leader of Alexandrai began out reach visitation to the surrounding community, from there the ministry grew and started meeting at the Community Baptist Church facilities for bible study in October of 1992.
In 1993, the group had grown sufficiently to justify seeking a pastor for a few months. Rev. Earl Young of Colfax, Louisiana led the group, in 1993 his ministry ended.
Still needing a pastor, after prayer and guidance of God Evangelist Emma Payne and the Lord led us to Rev. Wesley Lotts, a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, he has surrended to ministry in January of 1993. Being elected as pastor, October 1993 he was ordained by a joint council, both Southern Baptist and National Baptist.
The membership had people from Lecompte and Cheneyville, Louisiana. Giving all praises and honor to God for all he is doing. Our membership is still growing and our pastor is still reaching and preaching the word of God. We the Wooddale membership give thanks to God for his men.