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Buna United Pentecostal Church is a dynamic church that has something to offer for the entire familly!
Here you will find information about services and times, directions, whats happening for children, students and more.
Whether you are just curious about church and God or you are a dedicated follower of Christ, you and your family are welcome here!

What We Believe

There is one God who created all things. In order to save us, He became man. Jesus Christ was God in flesh, Emmanuel -- God with us (Matthew 1:23). 
The Bible, in its original manuscripts, is the inspired word of God, and it reveals the will of God to the human race. The Holy Scriptures are the final authority in matters of faith and truth.
The gospel of the kingdom is the message that the church of Jesus Christ has been commissioned to teach. The gospel of the kingdom declares that the days of human government are numbered and that God will soon set up a kingdom that shall never pass away (Daniel 2:44). When the kingdom of God is established, Jesus will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. 
The only salvation available to the human race was purchased by Jesus Christ at Calvary. The work of Calvary consists of His death, burial and resurrection. Since the work of Calvary consists of dying, being buried and raising again, Jesus called this plan being born again. He then declared that being born again was essential for entrance into the kingdom of God (John 3:1-5). 
Those who have been born again and have lived a life submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ will be resurrected immortal at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus and will rule and reign with Christ in His kingdom (Revelation 5:9-10). 
Those who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ will be resurrected to appear at the great white throne of judgment. Even as the saved receive eternal life, the lost will receive eternal damnation.

If you would like to learn more about what we believe and teach, please click here.  At this link you can access many topics related to our fundamental beliefs.  If you have never experienced Pentecost, then check out "The Way We Worship."  This article gives you a biblical background for the various ways we worship the Lord. 
If you live in the Southeast Texas area, we hope that you will be our guest soon.  If you do not live locally, we hope that you will use our convenient Pentecostal church locator to find a United Pentecostal Church closest to you. Click here to learn more about the United Pentecostal Church, International.



Pastoral Family

Pastor Richard Dykes and his wife, Barbie, lead our ministry team. They provide spiritual direction for Buna UPC, and represent more than fifty years of combined ministry experience.
Pastor Dykes is an enthusiastic outgoing person who rarely meets a stranger. His zest for life and his love for people are evident the moment one first meets him. As an anointed minister of the Gospel, Bro Dykes delivers solid-bible-based teaching and preaching designed to enhance one's relationship with Jesus Christ. 
Before assuming the pastorate of Buna UPC in August of 2006, Bro Dykes served as an Associate Pastor at First Pentecostal Church in New Orleans, LA. He has served in various sectional and district positions in the United Pentecostal Church, International, including Sectional Sunday School Director and Louisiana District Foreign Missions Director.
Bro and Sis Dykes are natives of the metro New Orleans area, and have two married sons; Richard Jr who is married to Colleen, and Nicholas who is married to Brandy. The Dykes are the proud grandparents of Annie, Layla, and Molly, daughters of Richard Jr. and Colleen. Also, Evangeline and Blaine, daughter and son of Nicholas and Brandy.

Our Ministries

At Buna United Pentecostal Church you will find a variety of ministries ranging from world missions to local ministries. 
There is something here for each member of your family.

On the local level, we offer: 
  • Sunday School classes for children and youth
    • Every Sunday monring @ 10 AM
  • Children's Church for children (ages 4-11)
    • Every Wednesday night @ 7:30 PM
  • Youth services (CORE Student Ministries)
    • Every Wednesday @ 5 PM
  • College and career group (The Dash)
    • Every Wednesday @ 7:30 PM
  • Young Marrieds'
    • Every Wednesday @ 7:30 PM
  • Special events for both men and women

From a world missions perspective, we assist in the financial support of several dozen missionaries around the world.
Stateside, we participate in the financial support of a variety of ministries ranging from Tupelo Children's Mansion to new church plants. 

Leadership Team

Music Ministry- Carolyn Holloway is the leader of the music department and also serves as the church secretary. She has been involved in the music department for 10 years serving with a deep love and passion for music.

Sunday School Department- Jennifer Stark prospers as the head of the Sunday School department. Her activity, along with the dedicated Sunday School team, strives to educate the children of the church by teaching Bible lessons and helping children develop their love for God.

K.I.D.S. Church Department- Deborah Sammons thrives as the leader of our K.I.D.S church ministry. She has been involved for 5 years and succeeds in teaching children, along with the faithful K.I.D.S church team, Bible lessons and life lessons that will plant a seed in their future relationship with God.

Youth Department - Randy & Katy Wagstaff, along with Mark and Carly Walley and Lucas and Naomi Sammons, head the Youth Department. The Wagstaffs have been involved in the youth department for 20 years, dedicating their life to the youth of our community. This team is serving the youth by teaching and having youth services, participating in church youth activities, and being there for support and encouragement.

College and Career Group- Providing spiritual support and time to help the young adults of the church, Barbra Dykes, along with being our pastor's wife, serves to educate, encourage, and provide activities for the age group of college individuals.

Young Marrieds-Randy & Katy Wagstaff, as well as David & Kourtney McGuire, head the Young Marrieds’ department. They are there to oversee or conduct any activities, whether it be church activities or enjoyable outings.


Pastor's Update!



Buna UPC Church History


Please click on the link below to watch a brief video of how our church began
dating back to 1934 to our present time.
Thank you.