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Rev. Leo Daniel Cyrus, Sr.
Reverend, New Hope Baptist Church

Leo D. Cyrus has served as the Pastor of Baton Rouge’s New Hope Baptist Church for over twenty years. In 1983, Pastor Cyrus also became the spiritual leader of Second Baptist Church which too serves the Baton Rouge community.

Pastor Cyrus is past Vice President and Treasurer of the Louisiana Baptist Convention; former Vice President Fourth District Baptist Association; and Southern Regional Coordinator for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Sunday School Publishing Board Christian Education Department.

Pastor Cyrus has been a member of the Federation of Churches and Synagogues; an advisory council Member for Eden Park Elementary School and is aformer Member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. Pastor Cyrus currently serves on various boards throughout the Baton Rouge, Community.

He is married to Deloris Morris Cyrus.They have three sons, Leo Jr., Michael, and Kevin

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07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

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Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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