Brats & Brotherhood in Beaumont, TX

A few weeks ago, I was able to fly down to Beaumont, Texas to catch up with Josh and Esther Jean. After spending a few years in Louisville, KY studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Josh and Esther moved back to Beaumont, their hometown, to plant Sojourn Church of Beaumont. Trips like this are an absolute joy and so encouraging for me personally, as I’m reminded of all that God is doing in towns like this across the country through faithful men and women like Josh and Esther. So, even though Beaumont might be considered one of the saddest cities in America, I found that God is doing a work here that should give the church reason to celebrate and continue to “be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).

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After some initial trouble getting into Beaumont due to a flight cancelation, Dave, Josh, and Esther enjoy a meal together at Pappadeaux, a fresh seafood and cajun restaurant that is a staple of southeast Texas.

After some initial trouble getting into Beaumont due to a flight cancelation, Dave, Josh, and Esther enjoy a meal together at Pappadeaux, a fresh seafood and cajun restaurant that is a staple of southeast Texas.

Dave and the provisional elders of Sojourn Beaumont enjoying a late night hang out on Josh’s patio after dinner Saturday evening. The guys are joined this evening by Daniel Carpenter, Lead Pastor of Campus Church, another church plant in Beaumont. Sojourn Beaumont and Campus Church are currently discussing merging their churches together. Featured in the photo from left to right: Daniel Carpenter, Andrew Goolsby, Dave, and Ryan Boyd.

Dave and the provisional elders of Sojourn Beaumont enjoying a late night hang out on Josh’s patio after dinner Saturday evening. The guys are joined this evening by Daniel Carpenter, Lead Pastor of Campus Church, another church plant in Beaumont. Sojourn Beaumont and Campus Church are currently discussing merging their churches together.

Featured in the photo from left to right: Daniel Carpenter, Andrew Goolsby, Dave, and Ryan Boyd.

Josh, Dave, and several other guys are getting the charcoal heated up for a church-wide cookout on Sunday afternoon. Josh is a man after Ron Swanson’s own heart and jumps at any chance to fire up the grill and enjoy some delicious meat. Featured in the photo from left to right: Ryan Boyd holding his foster daughter Nessie, Brantley Childress, Josh, Andrew Goolsby, and Dave.

Josh, Dave, and several other guys are getting the charcoal heated up for a church-wide cookout on Sunday afternoon. Josh is a man after Ron Swanson’s own heart and jumps at any chance to fire up the grill and enjoy some delicious meat.

Featured in the photo from left to right: Ryan Boyd holding his foster daughter Nessie, Brantley Childress, Josh, Andrew Goolsby, and Dave.

Several ladies from the church are gathered around at Rogers Park during the cookout. Featured in the photo from left to right: Esther Jean, Henry Jean, Caitlyn Boyd, Molly Pratt, Mandy Pratt, Sarah Jean Childress, Megan Boyd, and Laura Maddux.

Several ladies from the church are gathered around at Rogers Park during the cookout.

Featured in the photo from left to right: Esther Jean, Henry Jean, Caitlyn Boyd, Molly Pratt, Mandy Pratt, Sarah Jean Childress, Megan Boyd, and Laura Maddux.

Josh is sitting with Dave in his office before the service on Sunday evening. Sojourn Beaumont leases space from the First United Methodist Church in Beaumont. Their lease includes their own gathering, office, storage, and classroom space.

Josh is sitting with Dave in his office before the service on Sunday evening. Sojourn Beaumont leases space from the First United Methodist Church in Beaumont. Their lease includes their own gathering, office, storage, and classroom space.

Dave Owens as he preaches to Sojourn Beaumont on Sunday evening. Sojourn is currently preaching through the book of Ephesians and Dave preached from Ephesians 3:14-21.

Dave Owens as he preaches to Sojourn Beaumont on Sunday evening. Sojourn is currently preaching through the book of Ephesians and Dave preached from Ephesians 3:14-21.

The Jean family is all smiles after the service on Sunday evening. Silas just turned 3, Henry is 18 months, and a new baby sister is set to arrive this September. Featured in the photo from left to right: Esther Jean, Silas Jean, Josh Jean, and Henry Jean.

The Jean family is all smiles after the service on Sunday evening. Silas just turned 3, Henry is 18 months, and a new baby sister is set to arrive this September.

Featured in the photo from left to right: Esther Jean, Silas Jean, Josh Jean, and Henry Jean.

Several members of the church joined Dave for a late night dinner at the Jean’s house on Sunday night. Due to the abundance of young children in the church, people often pick food up and gather together at the Jean’s after the service. Featured in the photo from left to right: Lauren Goolsby, Andrew Goolsby, Laura Maddux, Dave Owens, Josh Jean, Esther Jean.

Several members of the church joined Dave for a late night dinner at the Jean’s house on Sunday night. Due to the abundance of young children in the church, people often pick food up and gather together at the Jean’s after the service.

Featured in the photo from left to right: Lauren Goolsby, Andrew Goolsby, Laura Maddux, Dave Owens, Josh Jean, Esther Jean.