BAKER, LA (WAFB) - A church community is mourning the loss of its founder.
Bethany Church in Baker announced Wednesday that its founder, Rev. Roy Stockstill, passed away Tuesday. He was 97.
Stockstill was the father of former Pastor Larry Stockstill and grandfather of current Pastor Jonathan Stockstill.
The church was founded in 1963 and started out with just a handful of people in Stockstill's living room.
It has grown to nearly 10,000 members and has five campuses.
A memorial service will be held at the Bethany North Campus on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the "Surge" church planting project.