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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church resurrects itself | NOLA.com

ELIOT KAMENITZ / THE TIMES PICAYUNE
Congregation members pray at The Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church on Sunday, May 29, 2011.
Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina smashed, with all else, the largest church in the region, once-broken Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church has reconstituted itself in two states under a husband-and-wife team whose focus on rebuilding means they have largely relinquished the outsized political influence their pulpit used to offer. Reassembled in a smaller version with an estimated 5,000 members, it remains one of the largest churches in the area, on a tier with New Orleans’ Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and the multi-venue Celebration Church, based in Metairie.
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