In 1952, God placed a call on Rev. Robert and Irene King to begin a work in Lafayette Parish and
Greater Acadiana. First Assembly was established as the first full gospel church in the area with services
held in a tent on University Avenue near Interstate 10. Before coming to Lafayette, Pastor King served
as a chaplain and soldier in the Navy during World War II. The couple also served
as pastors in Texas and Central Louisiana before coming to Lafayette.
The Holy Spirit swept through those early meetings bringing a hunger to the community. More
people began to attend and the church had to move from the tent into its first building off of University Ave.
Later, in the late 60's, property was purchased on South College Road and a new church was constructed
for more growth. In 1984, the interior was remodeled to expand seating and classroom space.
Rev. Robert S. & Irene King served as pastors until 1994, ministering for over forty years.
Rev. Bruce & Marsha Headley were commissioned in 1994 as the new Pastors of
First Assembly. They ministered, while the church was in a time of transition, and served
as pastors for 8 years. In 1997, the church purchased property on Verot School Road
in Youngsville, with a vision to see God move throughout Acadiana.
Rev. Tommy and Lisa Faulk came to First Assembly in 1996, serving
alongside the Headleys until they took the helm in 2002.
As new pastors, Pastor Tommy lead the congregation as they moved from their location
on South College Road in Lafayette to the current location in Youngsville. Through his leadership,
the church successfully began to impact the community through our annual outreach events
such as the Citywide Crosswalk and the Living Bethlehem Christmas production which
reached 600-1000 people with the gospel each year. He also established the Youngsville Pantry
which reaches out to provide food to over 300 families each month. He became an instrumental
voice in the community, even being awarded the "Key to the City" and received the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Youngsville Chamber of Commerce.
He and his wife, Lisa faithfully served the communities of Acadiana through First Assembly for 22 years.
On March 11th, 2018, First Assembly transitioned the pastorate to Rev. Joe and Shannon Cormier,
who are currently continuing the vision of First Assembly as being "A Place to Meet with God".
Pastor Joe received his ordination through the Assemblies of God in 2016 after spending nearly 20 years
in the oilfield industry. Shannon is a graduate from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX
and currently holds a ministry license with the Fellowship of Ministers and Churches.
Together, they have a heart to serve both, the congregation at First Assembly and the Youngsville
community and the surrounding area. This is a Holy Spirit filled church and as pastors,
Joe and Shannon will always allow the Spirit of God to move, transforming lives.