History

Our History

On September 16, 1986, the Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues came into being at B’nai Israel Synagogue. From its inception, the Interfaith Federation has built relationships among people of diverse religious, socio-economic, and racial backgrounds, breaking down barriers of misunderstanding through dialogue, education, prayer, shared meals, and particularly through service to our community as seen in our Holy Grill Feeding program which was begun in 1987.

In 2008 the name was changed to the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, reflecting the emerging partnership with other faith traditions such as the Muslim and Buddhist communities.

Executive Directors

Rev. Jeff Day   1986-2006
Margaret Johnson   2006-2008
Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade   2009-present

Past Presidents

Dr. Cecil G. Taylor   1985-86 (Interim Board of Directors)
Claude Kirkpatrick   1986-87
Rev. James M. Coleman   1988
Frank McArthur   1989
Rev. J. Philip Woodland   1990, 2002
Rev. Charles T. Smith   1991
William F. Staats, PhD   1992
Dr. Carl Frantz   1993
E.L. Henry   1994
Willie C. Johnson   1995
Rev. Ralph F. Howe, Jr.   1996
Bette Levine   1997
Mari Shaffer Robillard   1998
Thomas Sylvest, Jr.   1999                                          
Rev. Fred Jeff Smith   2000
Dr. Victor E. Sachse   2001
Dr. Leodrey Williams   2003
Rev. Amy Mercer   2004
Joyce W. Robinson   2005-2006
Genny Nadler Thomas   2007-2008
Rev. Clint Mitchel   2009-2010
Dr. Jamie Strickler   2011-2012
Rev. Freddie Henderson  2013 (died in office)
Rev. Linda Reed  2013-2014
Rev. Dr. David Chisham  2015-2016
Dr. Rebecca Cureau  2017-2018

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