A group of women found its longtime friendship rise to another level after adding Jesus to the mix.

Friends in Christ started with eight former high school classmates who grew tired of the party scene and “worldly” life during college 30 years ago and got serious about their commitment and service to God.

“We’ve got one thing in common, and that one thing is God,” said Jill Landry, of Baton Rouge, who founded Friends in Christ in August 1988. “And because of the love we share, we can share that same love among ourselves. And when we pray together and when we talk together, it keeps up together.”

The friends have been together since graduating from St. James High School in

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