Milldale history shared _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Rotarian Ron Skains with guest speaker the Rev. James Robertson, of Milldale Baptist Church in Zachary, and Rotarian Terry Gomez, from left, at the service organization's Sept. 10 meeting in Zachary.

Milldale Baptist Church was started on Aug. 4, 1963, by the Rev. Jimmy Robertson and 15 other Christians with a vision that involved reviving churches throughout the United States and reaching people with the gospel.

For over 20 years, Milldale printed Bibles in a print shop on the church’s property, according to current Milldale pastor James Robertson, nephew of Jimmy Robertson.

“More than a billion pieces of Christian literature in 19 different languages were sent out from Milldale International Ministries’ printing press, including Bibles, hymnals, Bible handbooks, tracts, as well as the Fires of Revival newspaper,” James Robertson said Sept. 10 as guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Zachary.

Robertson said the material reached all the way behind the Iron Curtain of the former USSR.

“In fact, 80 percent of all Christian literature that was published and disseminated over a 20-year period was printed on the presses at Milldale in Zachary,” he said. “Who would ever have thought that this church in the middle of nowhere would be responsible for smuggling Christian literature into countries for others?”

A book has been written about the church and its history: “The Milldale Story: Its People, its Mission, its God.”

Copies are available at Milldale by calling (225) 654-8168.

Robertson said every year Milldale Baptist hosts a variety of conferences, camps and retreats to minister to hundreds of people including pastors, missionaries, laymen, married couples and young adults.