Our History

In the early spring of 2007, the Cabinet of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church decided to plant three new churches in response to the changing demographics in southeast Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.  Dr. M. Jack O’Dell was commissioned to pastor one of those new congregations, and The Well was born!

The congregation began with two home groups, called carafes, meeting in the fall of 2007.  The first preview service was held December 16, 2007 at The Landmark Hotel in Hammond.  Between January and April of 2008, there were two subsequent preview services.  The last preview service was held on Father’s Day at the site of what used to be McClendon’s Nursery on Highway 22 in Ponchatoula.  Regular morning worship services began on August 3, 2008 at that site, which would serve as The Well’s home for 13 months.  The Well was officially launched as a new United Methodist congregation on October 5, 2008.

In January of 2009, the land that serves as the current site of The Well was purchased by the Louisiana Annual Conference and the Baton Rouge District.  The groundbreaking service was held on May 10 of that year, and The Well was reassigned to the New Orleans District.  On Sunday, October 4, 2009, the congregation met at the temporary site on Highway 22, had prayer, and paraded to the permanent site.  The first member was received on December 27, 2009.

The Well was officially organized on Easter Sunday 2010 with 110 charter members, and has continued to grow ever since.  In the summer of 2013, the congregation bid farewell to Dr. O’Dell, and welcomed Rev. Matt Rawle as the newly appointed pastor of The Well.  

In the summer of 2016, Rev. Warren Clifton was apponted pastor of The Well.