Unanimously elected in April 2015 as the ninth president of Louisiana College, Dr. Rick Brewer has leveraged his 31 years of administrative experience in Christian higher education to lead the College to add Master and Bachelor degrees, strengthen donor and alumni support, and increase sports programs from 13 to 18. Dr. Brewer holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policies from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in History from Charleston Southern University. He has completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard, Duke and Baylor universities. A consultant for leading strategic change, Dr. Brewer is also an educator, conductor, coach, Christ-follower, and an ordained Baptist minister with more than 40 years of continuous service to the local church. An accomplished musician, Dr. Brewer has recorded a CD called “Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs,” which often provides the content for his concerts in local churches and other venues. Dr. Brewer and Cathy have two sons, Jason and Jonathan -- both successful professionals -- and three grandchildren.
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Dr. Wren attended Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, earning a BS in Psychology and a minor in History. Dr. Wren earned the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Wren previously served as pastor of Green Valley Baptist Church, Pontotoc, Mississippi; Bissell Baptist Church, Tupelo, Mississippi; and First Baptist Church, Butler, Georgia.
Dr. Justin Langford is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek at Louisiana College. He earned a BA in Sociology from LC and his M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Langford desires for students to encounter and experience the grace of God in Jesus Christ. He is active at LC outside the classroom as he regularly participates in intramural sports, attends college functions, plays disc golf with students and enjoys coffee from Hidden Grounds.
Rev. Ginn provides oversight and leadership for all Istrouma campuses. He has been on staff since 2011. He and his wife Nell have served the Lord in a variety of roles across the years including international missionary, church planter, and seminary professor.
Laurie Short is a speaker, author, and associate pastor of Ocean Hills Covenant Church in Santa Barbara, California. She speaks at conferences, colleges, churches and denominational events around the country, and has spoken to over 500,000 people in the last 25 years. Laurie has served on staff at four churches.
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Dr. Connor attended Louisiana College, where God led him toward a life committed to local church ministry first as a youth pastor for 15 years. He later attended seminary. Dr. Connor says, “I love my church, and I can’t believe that I get to spend my life teaching and leading people to know Jesus Christ and to surrender their lives to him.”
Dr. Chuck Pourciau serves as Senior Pastor of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Dr. Pourciau also serves as a trustee on the International Mission Board for the Southern Baptist Convention. Born in Baton Rouge, he attended Comite Baptist Church, where at age 9 he trusted his life to Jesus as Savior and Lord. After serving churches for several years in Mississippi, he began serving at Broadmoor Baptist on April 1, 1999.
Sheri Duffy is the chair of the Human Behavior Division, an Assistant Professor of Social Work and as the Social Work Program Director. Ms. Duffy also holds the Erroll Dawson Jr., Distinguished Professorship in Social Work. She joined the faculty of LC in 2006, and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. In addition to her work in the social work program, Ms. Duffy previously served as Chair of the Human Behavior Division for two years and chaired the college’s QEP Planning Committee. Ms. Duffy co-wrote LC’s QEP document (2011) as well as the social work program’s reaffirmation self-study (2012). She attends Kingsville Baptist Church, where she is actively involved.
Michael Wood has served as First West’s lead pastor since June 2014. Rev. Wood came to First West from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, in 2009 to serve as First First West’s student pastor. After serving five years in that role, Michael became pastor of the church. Michael wants to see people changed by the Gospel and help them live out their Christ-centered purpose. He enjoys playing sports of all kinds, hunting, fishing, and pulling for the Texas Rangers. Michael and his wife Abby have three sons.
Dr. Jerry Pipes is the President of Jerry Pipes Productions. He has traveled around the world preaching to millions of people in local churches and area wide Celebrations. Dr. Pipes is one of a handful of speakers recommended by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. He served as part of the former Bush Administration’s President’s War on Drugs in the early 90’s and has been speaking to groups of students and parents around the world for more than 30 years. Dr. Pipes is the author of several books related to the issue of personal growth and the family. Dr. Pipes completed his BS at Texas A & M University, his MA at Southwestern, and his DMin at Luther Rice. Jerry and his wife Debra live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Luter is Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. His commitment to his family, his passion for church growth, and his love for God’s Word and God’s people led him to make history when he was unanimously elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, in June 2012. He travels across the country preaching at state conventions, associations, colleges, revivals and churches. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, he is married to his “Prime Rib” Elizabeth, who is the most influential person in his life.
Dr. Cathy Eschete has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of education. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College in Elementary and Special Education, Dr. Eschete served as a resource and inclusion middle school teacher. She received a Master’s degree from California State University Stanislaus in Special Education and most recently received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Special Education from Louisiana State University. Dr. Eschete is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experience in the School of Education at Louisiana College. She and her husband, Dylan Eschete, have three daughters, Isabella, Presley Kate, and Kennedy. Dr. Eschete enjoys LSU football, spending time with family and friends, shopping, and relaxing on a beach!
Dr. Stephen N. (Steve) Horn is pastor of First Baptist Church, Lafayette, LA. Steve was born in Columbia, Louisiana, but grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has a B.A. in History from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as a M. Div. in Biblical Studies and a Ph.D. in Greek/New Testament from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Horn served as pastor of churches in Natalbany, Livingston, and New Iberia, Louisiana. He has served in numerous denominational positions. He served as President of the Executive Board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2010 and 2011. He also served on the 2009 Committee on Committees of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Order on Business Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2013-15. He currently serves as President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Steve is seen and heard six days a week in South Louisiana on Life @ First, the television broadcast ministry of FBC Lafayette.
D.A. Horton serves as Pastor of Reach Fellowship a church plant in North Long Beach, CA & as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute(UYWI). Prior to his current roles he served as an urban church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO, a National Coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Executive Director at ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records. He earned his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College, his Masters Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored three books; G.O.S.P.E.L., DNA: Foundations of the Faith (published through Moody Publishers) and Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace, (published through NavPress). He and his wife of 15 years Elicia just co-authored a book on marriage Enter the Ring. D.A. and Elicia have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).
Kirk Jones is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church in Prairieville. He and his wife Wendy moved to Prairieville to start Fellowship in 2001. During these 14 years Fellowship Church has grown from a vision and dream into a vibrant church with two campuses. Kirk and Wendy have three children – Daniel, Melanie, and Kara. He graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville, LA with a degree in Social Studies Secondary Education in 1997. Wendy and Kirk met at LC and were married in January 1998 while he was a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kirk and Wendy both graduated in May 2001 before moving to Louisiana. Kirk with a Masters of Divinity from SWBTS and Wendy with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education from UT Arlington.
Brent Crowe is a thought-provoking visionary and speaker who has a passion to present the life changing message of the gospel. Brent uses humor and real life situations to relate to people at the heart of their struggles. The roles of husband, father, minister, evangelist, author and leader have allowed Brent to influence people from all walks of life throughout his fifteen years in ministry. Brent is currently serving as Vice President with Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida. He is married to Christina and has three children, Gabriel, Charis and Mercy. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two masters degrees, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism and a Masters of Arts in Ethics, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Richard is the President of Blackaby Ministries International and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Richard travels internationally speaking on spiritual leadership in the home, church, and marketplace, as well as on spiritual awakening, experiencing God, and the Christian life. Richard regularly ministers to Christian CEOs as well as church and family leaders. He has been married to Lisa since August 6, 1983 and has three adult, married children: Mike, Daniel, and Carrie. Richard also has four amazing grandsons! Richard earned a B.A. in history from the University of Saskatchewan. He has an M.Div and Ph.D. in church history from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. Richard has written or co-authored more than thirty books. He has also co-authored many books with his father, Henry Blackaby.
Bro. Josh has served as our Senior Pastor since July 2011. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. As a pastor, Bro. Josh is a text-driven, expositional preacher incorporating current events and common life experience of the congregation to effectively communicate exciting sermons that work to build healthy lives of all ages. He and his wife, Melissa, grew up in the same Central Louisiana church and were married on August 21, 1999. Melissa, also a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, is a certified teacher and a stay at home mom. They are the parents to six beautiful children: Joshua Jr., Jeremiah, Grace, Julia, Ava, and Israel.
Dr. Brad Jurkovich is a man committed to reaching this generation with the hope of Jesus. He is the Senior Pastor of First Bossier in Bossier City, LA. This multi-generational church is reaching families throughout Northwest Louisiana, America and the world. He and his wife Stephanie have 4 children, Cassidy, Carter, Caroline and Catherine. He received his BA in biblical studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological College, his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jason was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He has been in the ministry for almost 16 years. Jason has served 2 churches in Mississippi, one as youth pastor and the other as associate pastor and youth pastor. He has been in Tallulah for 5 ½ years where he is currently serving as Senior Pastor at First Baptist. He completed a PhD from Southwest Bible College and Seminary in 2016. Since moving to Louisiana he has served on the Board at LC for 5 years. Jason also served on the Presidents 20/20 Commission, the Pledge initiative, and ULM BCM’s advisory board. He has served as camp pastor for Lifeway’s Fuge camps at different locations for 4 years. He was the VP of the Pastors Conference for the LBC in 2016, and is currently serving as President for the 2017 conference.He and his wife Jessica celebrated their 15th anniversary in June of 2016. They have two children Zach who is 10, and Zoë who is 4.
David describes himself as an "itinerant postmodern pastor". For more than a decade, he has been sharing his unique brand of ministry to a postmodern generation, as he speaks more than 500 times each year to over 250,000 people. David speaks from his heart about issues relevant to the postmodern generation. Regardless of the setting, David's message is simple: helping people to discover the importance of a Christ-centered lifestyle and reintroduce the truth of God's Word by meeting people where they are in life and bringing them one step closer in the process of knowing and becoming like Jesus Christ. He has authored 13 books and you can find him at davetown.com.
Married to Kathie, Ted Davis holds a Bachelor of Theology from Hannibal LaGrange Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After pastoring churches from 1978-1987, Ted was appointed a Southern Baptist career missionary as a church planter and later an instructor and VP for Administration at Kenya Baptist Theological College. He serves as IMB Personnel Consultant at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
January 10 & 12
Dr. Rick Brewer, President
Tuesday, January 17
Rev. Vince Smith, Dean of Students
Thursday, January 19
Dr. Eddie Wren
Tuesday, January 24
Mr. Lyn Bankston
Head Softball Coach
Thursday, January 26
Dr. David Brooks, Senior Pastor
Calvary Baptist Church
Tuesday, January 31
Dr. Randy Harper, Pastor
Bellaire Baptist Church
Bossier City, La.
Thursday, February 2
Dr. Reggie Bridges, Pastor
Temple Baptist Church
LC Trustee Chairman
Tuesday, February 7
Dr. Keith Manuel
Evangelism, Louisiana Baptsit Convention
LC Adjunct Professor
Thursday, February 9
Dr. Michael Wood
Pastor, First West (Monroe)
Tuesday, February 14
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Thursday, February 16
Dr. Larry Fields - Sr. Pastor (ret'd)
Central Baptist Church
Tuesday, February 21
Dr. Cathy Eschete
Thursday, February 23
Dr. Fred Luter, Pastor
Franklin Street Baptist Church
New Orleans, La.
Tuesday, February 28
Spring Break-No Chapel
Thursday, March 2
Dr. Jerry Pipes
Tuesday, March 14
Dr. Brandon Bannon
Vice President for Student Development/Enrollment Management
Thursday, March 16
Becky Brown, LC Alumna
Tuesday, March 21
Dennis Dunn, Pastor
River Outreach Center
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
Thursday, March 23
Dr. Dennis Phelps
Tuesday, March 28
Thursday, March 30
Dr. Steve Horn, Pastor
FBC Lafayette, La.
Tuesday, April 4
Dr. Joshua Dara, Pastor
Zion Hill Church
Thursday, April 6
Mr. Brent Crowe
Tuesday, April 11
Dr. Jason McGuffie
Thursday, April 13
Tuesday, April 18
Thursday, April 20
Tuesday, April 25
Dr. David Hankins, Executive Director
Louisiana Baptist Convention
Thursday, April 27
Aug. 23 & August 25
Dr. Rick Brewer
President, Louisiana College
"Finding Your Focus: Flood or River?"
Tuesday, Aug. 30
Dr. Steve Maltempi
Louisiana Baptist Convention
Thursday, Sept. 1
Dr. Brad Jurkovich
Pastor, FBC Bossier City, La.
Dr. Brad Jurkovich is a man committed to reaching this generation with the hope of Jesus through First Bossier. This multi-generational church is reaching families throughout Northwest Louisiana, America and the world. He and his wife Stephanie have 4 children, Cassidy, Carter, Caroline and Catherine. Prior to coming to First Bossier Dr. Jurkovich served as the founding pastor of Victory Life Church in Lubbock, Texas. Before answering the call to pastor, Dr. Jurkovich traveled throughout America preaching for city-wide outreach events, youth camps, speaking in schools and ministering in numerous churches. He received his BA in biblical studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological College, his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"Steel Warriors in a Shaken Society"
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Rev. Craig Franklin
Craig Franklin has served as an Assistant Editor of the Jena Times and law enforcement officer before surrendering to the gospel ministry at Fellowship Baptist Church in Trout, Louisiana, under pastor Bill Robertson. Craig is married to Kim Kitterlin, and together they have had six children. Their two oldest children, Reagan and Tyler, are now in college after serving in the family ministry for six years. In June of 2009, Craig resigned his position at the newspaper and began walking by faith in FULL TIME evangelism. The Franklin Family travels across the nation sharing the Good News of Jesus through song, testimony, and preaching. They minister on a “love offering” basis only and do not turn down any opportunity to minister based on financial limitations of a church or group.
"Dr. Law & Dr. Grace"
Thursday, Sept. 8
Dr. Chuck Pourciau
Pastor, Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport, La.
Dr. Pourciau joined the Broadmoor Staff on April 1, 1999. He is married to Tracy Winters Pourciau. His family include: Daughter and Son-in-law, Casey and Stephen Richards; Daughter, Leigh Pourciau; Grandsons, Aaron Marcous Richards and William Harley Richards. He came to Christ at age 9 at Comite Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. He has worked as a shoe salesman, auto parts salesman, student minister, roofer, and pelt trader. He holds numerous degrees including: B. A. in History with a Bible Minor, Mississippi College; M. Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; M. A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University; Ph.D. in New Testament Studies, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His life motto is “Preach the Word.”
"Does God Still Speak?"
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Rev. Vince Smith
Dean of Students
Pastor, Circle Church, Alexandria, La.
I am from Monroe, La and have been living here in central Louisiana for a year and half now. I’m a church planter and the lead pastor to the Circle Church in Alexandria, La. I am currently pursuing my MDIV at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I try to not take myself too seriously. I love people, I love to laugh, and I value authenticity. I believe people can recognize authentic vs. artificial, so I strive to be the same person everywhere I go. I have been married to my best friend Casie for 3 1/2 years. We met while I was in school at ULM. We have 2 dogs, Biscuit and Celtic and we love having people over to hang out in our home. Some random things about me: I own a lot of tennis shoes, I’m a huge Chicago Cubs fan, I read a lot of books, and I need coffee to survive in life. I love meeting new people and I’m looking forward to meeting you. I’m looking forward to a great year here at LC! Claws up!
Thursday, Sept. 15
Mr. Matt Tullos
Matt Tullos is Assistant Director of Communication for Louisiana Baptists. He is the author of 8 books and a columnist for Homelife Magazine and Stand Firm. He is an alumnus of Louisiana College and is married to Darlene, who is an adjunct professor of Theatre at LC. Matt and Darlene have four adult sons.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Dr. Steve Gaines
Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn.
Steve Gaines is the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
He has served in four churches as senior pastor over the past 30 years.
He holds a Ph.D. in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas.
Steve is married to Donna Gaines and they have four children.
"Weighed & Found Wanting"
Thursday, Sept. 22
Rev. Steve Beckham
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Mrs. Shelia Brazeale
Sheila grew up in North Louisiana and after graduating from Fairview-Alpha High School, went on to Louisiana College where she played basketball and met her husband, Keith. Sheila and Keith have been married for 33 years, and they have 3 children: Julie, Dan, and Josh. They have also recently become first time grandparents to little Caleb James Darr. They currently reside in Alexandria, Louisiana. Sheila is a former teacher that now fulfills this passion through the teaching of God's Word within Precept Ministry Bible Studies. She has been involved in Precept for 26 years and has taught it for 20 years. This type of study has taught her the value of filling the "well" within her heart with His Word for the upcoming droughts of life; hence, her motto and motivation is the old saying, "What's Down in the Well, Comes Up in the Bucket." She has learned it is not "If" the droughts will come, but it is only a matter of "When" they will come. She loves inductive bible study and focuses on life transformation as she seeks to bring God's Word from the page to the pavement of other’s lives. Sheila self published a devotional book in 2009 called, "What's Down in the Well, Comes Up in the Bucket."
Thursday, Sept. 29
Dr. Steve Turner
I am the Director Of Campus Mobilization for the North American Mission Board, ready to send students to penetrate lostness in North America.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Dr. Scott Pickard
Dr. Pickard has been teaching history for 13 years. He earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Prior to coming to Louisiana College, he taught at Flint Hills Christian School in Green, Kansas, at Kansas State and at Cairn University in Philadelphia, Penn. He previously had been in the pastorate for almost 15 years, serving in churches in Maryland, Wisconsin and Texas. He studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and received a M.Div. and also a Th.M. in Counseling/Psychology. Even more importantly, he met his wife Karen while studying at the school. He also studied at Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Pickard holds the L. D. Dawson Professorship in History. His primary field of study pertains to American history and religious history. His research interests include the American Civil War and religion and politics. He feels blessed to teach at Louisiana College where he can teach about a subject he loves, work with great faculty and staff, and gets to help students grow in their faith. Along with being married to his wife Karen he has two sons and daughters in-law. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing sports. He also admits to being a Fantasy Football fanatic.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Dr. Waylon Bailey
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Covington, LA
Waylon Bailey graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with the
Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees. At his Master’s graduation Waylon received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduate in Biblical Studies. In 2012, New Orleans Seminary bestowed him its Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has served as pastor of churches in Alabama and Louisiana and served as
Chairman of the Division of Biblical Studies and J. Wash Watts Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1978 to 1995.
Waylon is the author of five books, including The New American Commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. He is a frequent contributor to biblical and pastoral journals. Dr. Bailey has served Southern Baptists in various capacities, including serving as President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Committee on Committees, and the Credentials Committee. He recently served as the Chairman of the Committee on Nominations for the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1989, Waylon became the pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana. In the years he has served as pastor, the church has grown in weekly average worship attendance from 300 to 1900. In March 2001, the church relocated from its downtown location to a new 43-acre campus on Highway 1085 in Covington. Waylon is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Martha Layton. They are the parents of two adult daughters, and have three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Dr. Mike Miller
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Kenner, LA
Mike flew corporate jets in his hometown of Odessa, Texas. Asked what he would be doing if he were not a preacher, Mike says, “Umpiring major league baseball games!” Mike has degrees from Louisiana Tech, followed by a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from our seminary in New Orleans, and two doctorates: a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike and wife Terri are parents of Bryan (wife Claire), Bailey, and Michael (wife Rebecca), and more importantly, grandparents of Riley and Liam! Mike’s favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:21 where the whole message of Christ is summed up in a few words.
Thursday, Oct. 13
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Mr. Jake Gulledge
Worship Leader, Comedian, and Church Consultant
Jake is a full time itinerate worship leader residing in Atlanta, GA. He has been in ministry for over 26 years. He is a worship leader at one of the country's fastest growing churches, 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, GA. In addition to being a worship leader, he is also a comedian/motivational speaker. While worship has been the primary aspect of Jake's ministry, it is the delivery of his life's story that gives people the freedom to look at themselves and laugh. Jake's sense of humor has always been contagious from the stage. Because of this, he dared himself to try his hand at stand up comedy as a means of simply checking it off his "bucket list" - and he's been very successful. Over the past 4 years, Jake has toured across the country performing from comedy clubs, to colleges, and churches to corporate events. The material he uses is the same in both the churches to the comedy clubs without changing anything. There's a message that's apparent no matter the venue - Laughter is necessary and there's always room to smile no matter the circumstances in life.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Rev. Bill Britt
Evangelist and Founder of Compel Ministries International
Compel Outreach is an international, indigenous missions outreach established by Bill and Wendy Britt. This ministry seeks to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, in as many places as possible. Bill and Wendy have been in the ministry for over 30 years. After many years in evangelism, God gave Bill a vision for bringing the Gospel to the most needy nations of the world. Romans 10:14-15 says that the people of the world cannot believe in a Christ they have never heard about. And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can the preacher go except someone sends them? There are still billions of unreached souls that are without the Gospel. Bill and Wendy now focus their hearts on bringing the Good News to those that have not heard.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Dr. Gevan Spinney
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Haughton, LA
Gevan has served First Baptist since 2002. He is married to his high school sweetheart Andrea and they have three boys: Jeb (12), Jake (10) and Jude (4). Gevan is a product of the ministry of First Baptist Haughton, he was saved in the student ministry in 1992. He was called to preach at First Baptist in 1995 and later ordained in 1997. He and Andrea were married at First Baptist in 2000. As pastor he has been very involved in denominational life. He has served as moderator for the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association. He has served twice on the Executive Board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He has served twice on the Committee on Committees for the Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Gevan is currently serving as the President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Pastor Gevan has a Bachelors degree from East Texas Baptist University and a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Growth from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Thursday, Oct. 27
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Coach Reni Mason
Associate Athletic Director for External Relations
Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Louisiana College
A graduate of the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in General Studies, Mason played collegiate ball at Louisiana Tech and UNO.
He brings almost 30 years of experience as a player and a coach at the collegiate and pro levels alike. Mason was general manager and assistant coach of the
Dodge City Legend (USBL) in Dodge City, Kansas; coached at UNO and the University of Minnesota (Morris); and coached a touring team that played pre-season games
with Division 1 teams. He has worked and played for Dale Osborne, assistant coach with the Portland Trailblazers; Tic Price, head coach at
Lamar University, Beaumont Texas; and Tim Floyd, head coach at University of Texas-El Paso.
Thursday, Nov. 3
Dr. Nathan Davis
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Coushatta, LA
Dr. Davis has been a Christian public servant for 19 years. The Lord called him into the ministry when he was 17 years old. He has served in various roles, from Youth Minister to Associate Pastor to Interim Pastor to Senior Pastor, in five different churches. He has also spoken in numerous chapel services, conferences, camps, and revival services. He has studied abroad in Greece and Oxford, England. Dr. Davis received his Master of Divinity degree with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to graduating from SWBTS, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from East Texas Baptist University. He has completed the Doctor of Ministry Program at Southwestern where his emphasis was in Expository Preaching and graduated in May 2013. In December 2002, he married his wife, Melanie, also a graduate of East Texas Baptist University. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children - Reagan and McKinley.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
Dr. Russ Meek
Dr. Meek has a heart for teaching God’s Word and a deep and abiding love for Jesus and his church. God used this desire to teach the Bible and serve the local church to bring him to Louisiana College. Here he spends his time teaching students to know and love God through the Old Testament. Although he values all of God’s Word, Dr. Meek is most interested in the wisdom literature of the Old Testament (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes) because he believes these books deal with the issues humans struggle with constantly: living faithfully to the Lord in a fallen world. In addition, Dr. Meek is co-founder and associate editor of Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, an international, peer-reviewed journal that engages the Old Testament from an evangelical perspective for the good of the church. When Dr. Meek isn’t teaching, you can find him spending time with his (much) better half, Brittany, and their child. They enjoy serving at their local church (The Gathering Place West), spending time outdoors, cooking, and playing board games together.
Thursday, Nov. 10
Rev. Chris Trombatore
Student Pastor at the West Monroe Campus
First Baptist Church, West Monroe, LA
Chris Trombatore, a native of Guatemala came to the U.S. in 1995 and was raised in Oberlin, LA. He joined the First West team in August of 2012. He graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles and received a Bachelors degree. He is pursuing his seminary degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris’ passion is to see students and families be the church and reach the world with God's grace. Chris and his wife, Dani, live in West Monroe with their one beautiful daughter, Finley Tate. The three of them enjoy naps, delicious cuisine, and hanging out with friends.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Dean of Students Rev. Vince Smith interviews
Thursday, Nov. 17
Dr. Jerry Pounds
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology, Louisiana College
Dr. Jerry W. Pounds, Sr. received his BA from Samford University and his MRE from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1989 he completed his EdD from Vanderbilt University with a focus on Human Development Counseling. Additional studies included training in Basic Clinical Pastoral Education from Ochsner and Baptist Hospitals in New Orleans, Child Custody Mediation from Loyola University and the Louisiana Bar Association, Church Conflict Mediation from the Baptist Sunday School Board (LifeWay), Dispute Resolution in Education from Pepperdine School of Law, a Certificate in Risk Management from Cambridge University, and a Certificate in Fund Raising from Indiana University. He received honors from the Lexington Who's Who, Who's Who among Young American Professionals, Outstanding Young Men of America, and was Co-recipient (with Bayne) of the Outstanding Religious Education Student Award from NOBTS. He has also authored or co-authored 12 books, including Mentoring 4 Transformation, Discover the Winning Edge, Hormones in Tennis Shoes, and Parenting by Grace. In addition, he has authored over 50 articles and chapters in numerous publications. Dr. Pounds is a member of the American Psychological Association and is co-sponsor of Psi Chi (The International Honors Society in Psychology). He also serves as chair of the Rapides Republican Parish Executive Committee. He and his wife, Bayne, have been writing and speaking on the topics of marriage and family enrichment for over three decades. Their family includes their daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Christian George (faculty at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City), and their son and daughter-in-law, Jerry, Jr. and Hannah Pounds (physicians in New Orleans) and their child, Luke. They are also founders of FamBuilders, a nonprofit ministry committed to equipping families through biblical guidance and effective skills necessary to encourage healthy homes that honor God and impact the world for Him.
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Dr. Justin Langford
Assistant Professor of Greek and New Testament, Louisiana College
Dr. Langford has been teaching New Testament and Greek at Louisiana College since 2013. As an alum of the school, it gives him great joy to be using his God-given gift of teaching at his alma mater. Dr. Langford’s ultimate desire is for students to encounter and experience the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Areas of academic interest include the General Epistles (especially 1 Peter), the Gospel of John, Koine Greek, and hermeneutics. He is an active member of both the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. In addition, he is the faculty sponsor for the Christian Vocational Fellowship and leads an annual trip to the Defend the Faith conference in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Langford is married to Melinda, who is also an alum of LC, and they have three young children: Noah, London, and Reilly. His family worships each week at First Baptist Church Pineville, where he co-teaches the College Sunday school class and his wife teaches youth Sunday school. Dr. Langford also plays guitar in the orchestra and supply preaches for the pastor when needed. When he’s not teaching or hanging with his family, he enjoys a good cup of coffee, playing disc golf with students, listening to and playing music, being outdoors, and watching football (his teams are the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints).
Thursday, Dec. 1
Dr. Rick Brewer
President, Louisiana College
Rev. Matt Endris
Fairview Baptist Church
Joseph Willis Institute Symposium/Revival
Rev. Kevin Adams
Rev. Oren Conner (LC Trustee)
Baton Rouge, La.
Dr. Jeff Ginn
Istrouma Baptist Church
Baton Rouge, La.
Dr. Rob Wilton
New Orleans, La.
Rev. Mike Hardaway
Parkview Baptist Church
Baton Rouge, La.
Dr. Eric Hankins