Graveside Service for Apostle Dr. Carter Videau, 71, of Courtland Alabama will be 11:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2021 at West Lawrence Memorial Gardens with Pastor James Videau officiating. Public viewing will be Friday from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm and the family will receive friends from 5:00 pm till 6:30 pm at Reynolds Funeral Home.
Dr. Carter Videau was born on January 22, 1950 in Gretna, LA to John Videau Sr. and Mary Louise Royal Videau. Apostle Dr. Carter Videau walked into glory on October 1, 2021 at the North Alabama Medical Center, in Florence, Alabama.
Apostle Dr. Carter Videau attended Fredrick Douglas Elementary in Gretna, Louisiana, he later attended Lincoln High School in 1961. Due to problems at home, he dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. In 1969 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam. In 1972-1974 he relocated to Germany where he joined the K-Town Gospel Singers. The K-Town Gospel Singers sang in Berlin, Frankfurt, London and many other cities across Europe. After touring Europe, Apostle Videau moved to Texas in 1974. During his time there, he played for Mount Hope Baptist Church for three and a half years. After three years he then transferred to El Paso, Texas. While in El Paso, he played for Friendship Baptist and Community Baptist Church.
He played for Friendship Baptist and Community Baptist Church from 1975-1980. It wasn't until January 18, 1978 that Apostle Videau accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. One year before moving back to Louisiana, in 1981 he decided to get his high school diploma.
He attended night classes four times a week, for one year; while working full time. He finished high school as valedictorian. Following the success of finishing high school, his father took ill to cancer and he moved back to Louisiana to take of him.
In 1984, he graduated from Union Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor's degree in Theology. After this he worked for a number of government agencies.
While in Louisiana he was the pastor for New Zion Baptist Church in Crown Point, Louisiana from 1982-1998. He also continued to play the organ for surrounding ministries when they needed him. He started a K-12 Christian School through New Zion called New Zion Christian Academy.
Apostle Videau created yet another choir called the "Voices of Zion." This choir consisted of more than 60 voices. Over a period of time, New Zion grew from 30 members to 300. New Zion broadcast from the very tip of Florida to different parts of the country for 9 years. They also had a prayer line. Once they went off the air, they received so many calls and letters asking why the broadcast stopped. The amount of lives they changed was innumerable.
Since 1999, Apostle Dr. Carter Videau became the pastor of Victory Christian Center, now Victory Church. Under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Carter Videau, Victory Church was able to expand out of the four walls of the church through missions and outreach:
Unity Drug Foundation – Rehabilitation center for men suffering with addiction to drugs and alcohol. At full occupancy, the facility could house, feed and mentor 25 men. From the time we opened in June 2005 to the time we closed in April 2014, we estimate that 5,000 men have gone through the program.
Grace House – Rehabilitation center for women suffering with addiction to drugs and alcohol. At full occupancy, the facility could house, feed and mentor 15 women. From the time we opened in May 2007 to the time we closed in June 2010, we estimate that 300 women have gone through the program.
Community Meals – We started this program when we learned about a local elderly woman who survived off eating cat food because could not afford food and her dementia medication. Since 2007 to this very day, this program feeds 400 elderly, sick, shut it, and homeless people a month. A total of 57,600 meals have been cooked for the sick, elderly, shut in, and homeless people in our community.
Mary Ruth Food Bank – This program was created to resolve the hunger issues in our local area in our State. This program fed 140 to 150 families a month. From the time it opened in February 2008, to the time it closed in February 2014, around 12,600 families have been fed.
GED Program – We partnered with Calhoun Community College to help those in Unity Drug Foundation and Grace House achieve an education. There were 60 to 65 total graduates.
Christian Counseling – This program was geared to aid those in Unity Drug Foundation and Grace House to help them deal with the traumatic events that occurred in their lives and to progress spiritually, emotionally and mentally to become constructive members of society. Through these programs, Victory Church has affected 63,600 lives in 20 years of Victory Church’s existence.
In 2011, he was ordained as an Apostle and presiding Prelate by Vision Fellowship International in Louisiana. In July 2021, He received his honorary Ph.D. in Theology from the Greater Impact Bible College of Marrero, LA.
He leaves behind: his wife of 40+ years, Trudy Scott Videau; two sons, James (Cynthia) Videau and Lucian Stamps, Ph.D.; a grandson, Joshua Videau; father-in-law, Edward Wallace; two sisters, Elvera Gaines and Dianne Cheer; a brother, John Videau Jr.; a niece and a host of nephews, godsons, goddaughters, spiritual sons, and spiritual daughters.
Strict Covid-19 regulations will be enforced