About us


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At First Assembly we aim to be a place that you can call home! We've been in the New Orleans area since 1951 and we have a rich heritage that includes many lives being touched and changed by the love of God through His Son Jesus Christ and the power of His Holy Spirit. As we prepare for the future, we want to do what we do best; welcome everyone to our family! It's a new day at First Assembly and we want you to be a part! So, no matter where you are from, no matter your background...WELCOME HOME! We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Community. Life Change. Growth.


Our mission is to Engage Community, Experience Life Change, and Empower Growth. (E3)

12 House Habits (Core Values):

1. We Welcome Everyone  

2. We Encourage Participation  

3. We Serve Enthusiastically  

4. We Give Generously  

5. We Foster Authentic Relationships  

6. We Act with Integrity  

7. We Celebrate Joyfully  

8. We Strive for Excellence  

9. We Honor Consistently  

10. We Protect Unity  

11. We Love Radically  

12. We Do Life Together

Strategic Focuses:

  1. Small Group Ministry will be the core of what we do as a church. It will not only define us as a church; it will help us fulfill our mission and the Great Commission.

  2. A dynamic, welcoming Sunday Worship Experience, that also aids in fulfilling our mission, by helping people experience the presence of God, while receiving biblical instruction..

  3. Children’s Programming will help us fulfill our mission by meeting the needs of our community through excellent children's church, summer and holiday camps and a future early learning center and school.



Our Pastor


First Assembly welcomed our new pastors, Chris and Felicity Buckel, along with their family (Krisalyn, Keira, Cathan and Corban) in the spring of 2018. The Buckels have served as Missionaries for 14 years with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. They were also campus pastors at a multi-site church, Journey Fellowship Church, for 2 years. Chris had an incredible conversion experience in 2001 and has been an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God since 2008. He is from Metairie, LA. and graduated from Southeastern LA. University with a B.A. in Communications. He also has an M.Ed. in Higher Ed Admin and Supervision from Nicholls State University. He received his ministerial training through Global University/Berean School of the Bible and an internship at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Felicity is from Chackbay, LA. and graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Pastor Chris enjoys various espresso drinks, international foods, he’s a long distance runner, & an avid N.O. Saints fan. He loves porches and loathes glitter. Felicity is a creative genius. She does woodworking (she has a shed with a bunch of her own tools) and loves to design all sorts of things. They both love looking at historic places, being with friends and family and trying new restaurants. The Buckels reside in Metairie.

Small groups coming soon!



Jesus had a mission to save the world. During his ministry He never left a geographical area larger than the state of New Jersey. Why? Because He new that there was no limit to what God can do through a small group of individuals committed to Growing Deeper in their relationships with God and each other!

We're developing a small group ministry that is not something else we want to do, it's who we want to be! Like Jesus, we feel it is the most productive method of making disciples who make disciples. Check back later for more details as we plan to launch in 2019. In the meantime, here is our vision for Small Groups:

VISION:  The vision of small groups ministry at First Assembly is to Grow Deep (w. God & People)

MISSION:  We hope to accomplish this vision by our mission to: be Gospel Centered, Reproduce disciples, pursue Outreach, Worship God, provide biblical Discipleship, understand it is Everyone's group and a group for Everyone; all this while Encountering lifelong friendships with people from all walks of life and covered in Prayer.

The overall small groups that we want to create at First GNO are those that people….. 




What we believe


Our Fundamental Truths

At First Assembly, everyone is welcome, regardless of your background or beliefs. We want you to feel at home when you visit with no expectations from us. We do have a specific set of doctrinal beliefs we adhere to that if you are interested in learning about you can click the link below. Let us know if you have any questions or need a Bible. We'd love to help you get to know God through His word. It's life changing!

our 16 Fundamental truths

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First Assembly of God

2001 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, Louisiana 70001, United States

(504) 887-7770