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New Here


New Here

What to expect on my first visit?

From the moment you drive onto the campus, we want to make you feel at home. You will be warmly welcomed by our parking team for that great spot.  Greeters will be at our doors to open your morning with the best welcome that you have had all week.  Once inside the lobby your first stop should be our Guest Services.  They are there to answer any questions you have and lead you to where you need to go in our campus.  You can check your kids into our security point where you will receive a tag that not only allows only you to pick-up your child but allows us to page you if your child needs you during the Experience.  You can then drop them off in their fun and loving classrooms where they will hear a message that is specifically designed for their age group. Grab a cup of coffee and head into service, which we call our Experience. Our contemporary experience will be 70 minutes from start to finish. 

We strive to be creative, challenging, relevant and real in presenting the message to you. 

Sit back and relax and enjoy a refreshing worship experience and a relevant message.

Welcome to Journey! 

What about my children?

We have something for your children during all weekend experiences. We offer the best quality care in a safe and friendly enviroment. Check-in and let the kids enjoy an age appropriate, fun time while you are in service.

What should I wear?

We have a warm, friendly atmosphere at Journey.  You will see anything from casual wear to business.  We want you to feel welcomed and comfortable. 

How can I join the Journey family? 

We would love for you watch our First Step video to become a member of Journey.  Here you can learn who we are and what we believe.  After that step take the Next Step class to get connected in service at Journey.  Join us in Ministry!

But first step first...

When are your services?


Pon 9a | 10:45a

I-12  9a |  10:45a

Online 9a | 10:30a

1st Wednesday (Aug - May)

Dinner 6p | Worship 7p



We offer baptism by immersion in water several times throughout the year. For more information.

How can I get connected with Journey?

Our Next Step Class will get you connected with our Go Team in your ministry talents God has given to you.  If it is in the team ministry of greeting, parking lot, check-in, media, worship team or so many more areas - your place is waiting! This class is held on every campus the last Sunday of the month at 6p the months of August - May. 

We also offer small groups that are in your area. Small groups are a great way to meet other people with the same interest. We have dozens of groups to help you grow in relationships and grow in your faith.   

How can I get in a small group?

We believe no one should do life alone.  Lets do life together!


About Us

About Us

We are passionate about meeting new people and growing in our faith. Whether you have been around church your whole life or if this is your first time, Journey has something for you. We can't wait to meet you and your family!


We Believe the kingdom of God is built on relationships. We want to make it easy to connect with others. Our hope is that you will take the next step in your journey with us. Plan a visit this weekend and experience life with us. You will find Journey is a community of people who love God. We would love to meet you!

 Doing Life Together. 

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Our Pastors

Our Pastors

Doug and Rachel McAllister are the founders and lead pastors of Journey Fellowship Church. With their kids in tow they moved to Slidell in 1996 to plant what is now Journey Fellowship Church. Although they had little money and only a handful of people they planted the church that God had placed in their hearts. Pastor Doug is a creative communicator and has a gift of taking something complex and making it easy to understand as he speaks truth to people in ways they can apply to their everyday lives. Pastor Rachel is an innovative creative and powerful worship leader who leads our creative department as well as oversees all of the church's ministries. 

Doug is an author and conference speaker. He has traveled to many nations, preaching the Good News and speaking at leadership conferences in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Germany, China, Uganda, and the Philippines. He is also an Associate Trainer with John Maxwell's Equip Program.

In addition, Doug McAllister is a ministry coach, serving leaders from many different professions.  Among his clients are pastors, business managers, medical professionals and government leaders.  

Pastor Doug also serves as the visionary leader of Journey Leadership College. JLC's purpose is, "Training Up Leaders" for the local church: pastors, missionaries, teachers, and church planters.  The goal is to help students gain practical hands-on ministry experience with an affordable, fully accredited education.  JLC is a three year program that allows you to earn a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies while placing an emphasis in one of five degree concentrations: Biblical Studies, Church Planting, Global Missions, Pastoral Ministry and Youth Ministry.

More info:

In 2006 Doug McAllister, along with Journey, founded Compassion Outreach soon after Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of Compassion is to "Help Hurting People". Compassion Outreach has served thousands of families since the rebuilding of our community and continues to help hurting families on the North Shore and in New Orleans.

To order the book, He Starts With Nothing click here


the Team

the Team

Journey Team

Doug McAllister
Lead Pastor

Ken Maat
Executive Pastor

Alvin Chartier
Pon Campus Pastor

Noah Neyland
Videographer Editor

Monica Vanderwood
GenKidz Director

Kathy Crosby
Creation Kids Director

Jeremey Charbonet

Christian McAllister
Creative Arts


Tanya Camper
Go Team Pastor

Luis Padilla
 Belle Chasse Campus Pastor

Koni Maat

Lisa Krumm

Michael Lahman
Small Groups Pastor

Kirk Plaisance
Generations Pastor

Alvin Chartier
Pontchartrain Campus Pastor

Cecelia Hopes
Graphic Artist & Street Kids Director

Karen McLaney
Journey Preschool Director


the Story

the Story

The Beginning       

Pastor Doug believes that the kingdom of God is built on relationships so he wanted to plant a church where people could grow in their relationship with God and each other. He believes in reaching this goal by being refreshing, relevant and real.

Journey held its first meeting in Spring of 1996 in a home living room with 17 people. That meeting quickly grew and they began looking for another place to meet. They rented a warehouse and held Journey’s first service Oct 6, 1996.

In the first year and half, the congregation grew over 100 and needed bigger facilities. The children and youth ministries also grew quickly and needed a bigger place.

In Journey's 2nd year, they rented a bigger building across town. The owner of the building was gracious and built to suit the needs giving them plenty of room for children and teens. It was a great God move, but quickly the place was filled and they started adding multiple services each weekend.    

In Journey's 5th year, they were at capacity and began looking for a much larger place. Taking a risk, they went from 10,000 sq. ft. to a 30,000 sq. ft. shopping center.  The task of remodeling was not an easy one, but necessary. They soon created an environment for the church community and they quickly grew to a church of 1300 members by 2005.


In 2005 they were not expecting hurricane Katrina. She met Journey with all her fury and with her visit everything was lost or damaged. The storm left 5 feet of water standing in the building. When the flood waters receded, the found sound equipment, lights, cameras, classrooms, and offices were lost.  Pastor Doug and the staff began the clean up and held onto the dream God had placed in their hearts so many years before.

Journey began immediately to reach other hurting people by placing a relief center in the church parking lot. Convoy of Hope joined with Journey to hand out  water, food, clothing and personal necessities. 

Pastor Doug and the staff held weekend services in the church parking lot with no electricity, no cell service and no way to contact anyone. 70 members showed up, ready for church. We really counted our blessings that day.

Ready to Rebuild

Journey had purchased land one year before Katrina. The plan was to buy this land and begin building a Journey Campus in 5-7 years. Because of Katrina, the project date was moved up. Pastor took a team of believers and prayed about Journey's next big step. Plans to build the new worship center were put into action. They broke ground on the land in 2006, the building was completed, and the doors opened March 16, 2008.


Journey is still constantly growing. It's not just a building and walls. Journey is a place where you and your children can grow up and families can grow together. It is our vision is to see 10,000 people come to the Lord. You can be a part of that with us! 

Journey is a community of people led by Christ to bring help and hope to a hurting world.


Purpose & Mission

Purpose & Mission

Purpose Statement

It is the purpose of Journey Fellowship Church to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ.

Mission Statement

Reach out to the World

Reach up to God

Reach in to discipleship

Reach over for relationship

Core Values

  • Every person has a right to a presentation of the gospel at his or her own level understanding.

  • Every person needs a biblical moral compass to guide and protect him or her throughout life.

  • Every believer has a unique set of gifts to be discovered, developed and use to strengthen the church.

  • Every believer has a purpose in advancing the global mission of Christ and the Church.




What We Believe

1.  WE BELIEVE...The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

2.  WE BELIEVE...There is only One True God–revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

3.  WE BELIEVE...In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine.

4.  WE BELIEVE...though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

5.  WE BELIEVE...Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (accepting Christ's offer of forgiveness for sin). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]

6.  WE BELIEVE...and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.

7.  WE BELIEVE...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]

8. WE BELIEVE... The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.

9.  WE BELIEVE...Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christ-like.

10. WE BELIEVE...The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sinWe believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.

11. WE BELIEVE...A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church.

12. WE BELIEVE...Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]

13. WE The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]

14. WE The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.

15. WE BELIEVE...A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.

16. WE BELIEVE...and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!'





Journey Fellowship Church

30042 North Dixie Ranch Road

Lacombe, LA. 70445

Office Phone (985) 882-4124