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Squyres United Methodist Church
City
Ragley 
Address
 13936 Hwy 171
2003 Membership
 177
Date Founded
 1977
     Residents of the Ragley-Longville area started thinking about forming a church in the mid 1970s.  Though some questioned if the area could support a new church, the members were confident.  With financial help from the Lake Charles District and the use of the old Ragley School building, the first pastor (Rev. Nathan Avant) was appointed to the church.  The first service was held on May 1, 1977.  The name of the fledgling congregation was the Community Methodist Mission.
     On March 26, 1978, the Conference granted a charter for the Squyres United Methodist Church, who had forty charter members.  The church was named for Rev. Rex Squyres, a strong supporter of rural churches.  
     As the church grew, larger facilities were needed.  After groundbreaking on February 8, 1981, members of the church pitched in to help build the church.  It was in full use by the end of the year.  The dedication service was held on May 3, 1987 and led by Bishop Walter Underwood.  A cemetery was later added on the west side of the church.  The Squyres Church-Risinger Memorial Park opened in October 1987.  An expansion project in 1995 saw many improvements,  including a new paved parking lot.  After land was donated on S.A. Cooley Road, construction began on a brick, four-bedroom parsonage on November 5, 1995.  
How to Get There:
    Take Hwy 171 north from Lake Charles to Ragley.  The church is on the left, one mile past the overpass over Hwy 12/190.
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