Istrouma's Centennial Celebration

1920 - 2020

Istrouma Baptist Church is grateful for a century of sharing the gospel of Christ with the city of Baton Rouge. Please save the dates below and make plans to join us as we celebrate our first 100 years and look ahead to the next.

Centennial Celebration Events

January 25-26, 2020 

We hope you'll join us for these events planned to commemorate our 100th anniversary! And join us all month long in January, both in our services and on social media, as we share memories of our first 100 years and look forward to the next.


Istrouma's History

Istrouma Baptist Church began in a little red school house with just 16 charter members. Throughout the years, Istrouma has grown to a congregation of thousands, serving the community of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a commitment to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The word Istrouma is derived from the Indian word for red stick. This referred to a blood-stained tree placed at the boundary of two opposing Indian tribes. It served to remind those who saw it of the lives that had been lost in the bloody battles that were quite common during that time. Today, Istrouma still represents a blood-stained tree...