Our History

In 1949, Roy and Irene Wilson donated their property located on Lincoln Street and "English Bayou Pentecostal Church" was born. In 1950, Tom Ed and Marie Ewing, with their nine-year-old-son, Murrell, came to Lake Charles from north Louisiana. Tom Ed Ewing left his job with the State Highway Department in Jonesville, La and trusted in the Lord to become a full time Pastor. God blessed the efforts of the Ewings and the congregation grew steadily from the 18 that were present at the first service the Ewings held at English Bayou. Soon it was overcrowded. There was no room for expansion and seemed to be nowhere to go.


The English Bayou Congregation had learned from T.E. Ewing about trusting God, and a purchase of the property at 2900 Opelousas Street, along with moving of the buildings from Lincoln Street was arranged. On May 19, 1963, the Eastwood Pentecostal Church held its first service in its new location. The congregation grew from there and it became obvious that building of a new sanctuary was an absolute necessity and plans were made.


It was now August 1966 and the frame was up and the foundation poured. Expectation ran high as the congregation prepared for a new tabernacle for God. An untimely stroke to T.E. Ewing slowed down the construction but as always he trusted in God, and soon most of the effects of the stroke was overcome. At the time, Murrell Ewing, T.E. and Marie's only son, returned home to act as Co-Pastor at Eastwood Pentecostal Church. Murrell Ewing finished the construction of the building with the help of the members of the congregation. The first service in the red brick building located at 2900 Opelousas Street was held on May 19th 1966.


By 1977, the church was becoming crowded on Sunday nights. As the years passed, more and more the congregation gathered into a building that was almost uncomfortably too small. The congregation continued to trust God for new property or plans to expand. In the spring, Murrell Ewing spotted a "For Sale" sign just about a half a mile west on Opelousas Street. After a few phone calls the direction we had been waiting for was evident. The paper work for the purchase of 9.5 acres of land was started. Then again, tragedy visited the congregation. What started out to be a routine hospitalization for a common surgical procedure became the instrument of T.E. Ewing's home going to the God he had trusted. On July 29, 1981 in Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, T.E. Ewing died of heart failure at the age of sixty.


Murrell Ewing assumed the full responsibilities of the pastorate and pursued the dream of building a bigger and better facility to house the congregation that T.E. Ewing had given his life to and to honor the God he had trusted. September 1982, purchase of the property complete, the first backhoe rolled on the property at the intersection of I-10 Highway 171 and the land was cleared. Early in 1983 the foundation was poured and erection of the new facility was begun.


The building was completed and on April 8th, 1984 the congregation of Eastwood Pentecostal Church met briefly at 2900 Opelousas Street to bid farewell to the home place where they had worshipped for some seventeen years and then marched in a grand parade to the new facility. With the ribbon cutting ceremony that morning, the first opening of the front door, a few special songs, and a special tape of T.E. Ewing reading a favorite passage, Eastwood Pentecostal Church was moved into their new home.


Today under the guidance of Pastor Aaron and Vonnie Lopez, the church continues the work of T.E. Ewing and Murrell L. Ewing. That work is to reach the lost with the salvation of Jesus Christ. The church is a "hospital" for those in need of a physical and spiritual healing. By consistently being in a revival mode, Eastwood is always ready to lend a helping hand to the lost and hurting.