who Are We?

To this question, we answer: First Church is a group of people who are, simply put, disciples of Christ. We strive to put Him first in all things and to love others as He loves us. Our goal at First Church is to be disciples and to make disciples. Our church was established over 100 years ago bringing the message of salvation to our city; in 2018 we continue to share the Gospel of Christ and the Apostles' doctrine that salvation is a promise to each of us. We strive to create a church that empowers each individual, no matter their age or stage in life, to develop and enhance their relationship with their Creator. It is our priority to be a place where everyone has the opportunity to become a disciple and make a disciple in the family of God. 

Meet our Pastoral Staff

Our Pastoral Staff, under the direction of our Pastor, Rev. Zale Lewis, 

is committed to teaching the Word, preaching the Gospel, and

serving the community of DeRidder. Our mission to be a church

where everyone is family is the vision of our Pastor, 

and it's a goal that we continually strive toward

in championing the Kingdom of God. 

  • Pastor Zale and Gaye Lewis


    Zale and Gaye were both born and raised in Monroe, LA; they graduated from high school in 1980 and were married in 1981. Answering a call to the ministry, in January of 1983 they began to evangelize, and their family traveled sharing the gospel for four years. In 1987, he accepted the Pastorate of the First United Pentecostal Church of Oak Grove, LA. During their time in Oak Grove, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. In July of 1999 the Lewis family relocated to take the Pastorate of the First United Pentecostal Church of DeRidder, LA. 


    Pastor Lewis is known and loved by his congregation for unapologetically teaching the Word of God, for his encouraging demeanor, and his joyful nature. As a worship leader, Sunday school teacher, and marriage counselor, Sis. Lewis is devoted to encouraging the families of First Church. Together they have two children, Holly, married to Sean Bryan, and Chance, married to Sarah Lewis, and 5 wonderful grandchildren--Eden, Zane, Noah, Zale, and Zebb. 


    Email: firstchurchderidder@gmail.com

    Phone: 337.463.7637

  • Pastor Kevin and Suszanne Reeves

    Assistant Pastor

    Kevin and his wife Suszanne have been married for 27 years and have two children, Andrew and Keri. He has served in many different ministerial capacities over the past 25 years. He has spent the last 16 years serving on the pastoral staff of First Church as the Assistant Pastor.  He is actively involved in the business community and volunteers with local civic organizations and is one of the chaplains for the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Department. He has a love for God and a passion for people.


    Email: firstchurchderidder@gmail.com

    Phone: 337.463.7637

  • Pastor Chance and Sarah Lewis

    Executive Pastor

    Chance was born in Monroe and was raised in DeRidder where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Lewis. They have three sons, Zane, Zale, and Zebb. In the community, Chance is a Past President of the Beauregard Chamber of Commerce and a Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Department Chaplain. Chance and Sarah love people and have dedicated their lives to their ministries. 


    Email: firstchurchderidder@gmail.com

    Phone: 337.463.7657

what we believe

About the Bible

The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living. 

(See II Timothy 3:15-17.)


About God 

There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our heavenly Father, in the flesh as Jesus Christ, 

and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh. He is both God and man. 

(See Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.)


About Sin and Salvation

Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. 

Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 

(See Romans 3:23-25; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.)


About the Gospel

The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. 

We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:7) by repentance (death to sin), 

water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit

with the initial sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit give the utterance (resurrection). 

(See I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4.)


About Christian Living 

As Christians we are to love God and others. 

We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. 

The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today. 

(See Mark 12:28-31; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10.)


About the Future 

Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church. 

In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. 

The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death. 

(See I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15.)