Alexandra, known as Alex, joined The Bayou in 2013. Her contagious smile and creative mind are valuable in her role as Preschool Minister where she manages teaching themes, organizes volunteers and prepares for special events. This Seattle native is a fluent French speaker who loves Judice Inn, plant parenting and listening to podcasts.
Amanda, or Mandi, joined The Bayou in 2019 as our receptionist. Her kind and caring personality is evident in how she warmly greets and welcomes each person who walks through our doors, calls us, or sends an email to info. Although originally from Wisconsin, this mother of three loves a Cajun meal at Fezzos. When not working, you can find Mandi spending time with family and friends.
Ashley joined The Bayou in 2019 after graduating with her Masters from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Her joy in teaching God's Truth and seeing "light bulbs" go on for children are invaluable in her role as Kids Minister. She manages weekly curriculum for grades K-5 along with special events and volunteers. In her spare time, this New Orleans native can be found riding bikes, playing guitar, enjoying Zuhause Bakery, or cheering on the LSU tigers.
Becky, also affectionately known as Queen B, joined The Bayou in 1988. She brings her festive spirit and creativity to her role as NextGen Minister where she oversees curriculum and events from preschool to students. Though she wanted to grow up to be in The Partridge Family, Becky has an enormous Bayou family of preschoolers and parents. When not working, you can find Becky spending time with her husband, Pat, and their grandchildren or shopping for the best deals.
Director of Adult Ministry
Bernard joined The Bayou staff in 2017 to coordinate our small groups ministry and then joined us full-time in 2019 as the Director of Adult Ministry. He originally wanted to grow up to be a garbage truck driver, but instead, he is using his gifts of empathy and curiosity to help people find community and life-giving relationships through small groups. Bernard is a Ragin’ Cajuns fan who enjoys running, camping, movies and spending time with his wife, Victoria, and his three children.
Office Manager & Care Ministry Assistant
Beronica joined The Bayou in 2014 and manages the office which includes our giant printer, busy calendar and ongoing supply needs. Beronica brings a tenacious, hard-working and optimistic attitude to her role as office manager and assistant to Care Pastor. Originally from California, this transplant loves spending time with her family especially her French bulldog, BeBe.
Adult Ministry Coordinator
Cady joined The Bayou team in 2021 and loves that her role as Adult Ministry Coordinator allows her to hear how Christ is moving and reaching people in all circumstances. She supports everything related to First Steps, small groups, and any adult ministry event. In her free time, this Harry Potter fan can often be found reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, three kids, and two pets.
Director of Ministries
Carol joined The Bayou in 1999, and she currently serves as Director of Ministries. Her joyful spirit, flexible attitude and organization skills are valued as she oversees Sunday morning curriculums, ministry events, communications and more. She loves seeing lives transformed each week, and she especially loves helping people discover a place to serve God. When not working, Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and her three sons.
Charlie started at The Bayou in 2012 and currently serves as Database Coordinator helping multiple ministries connect with guests, members and volunteers. Growing up, Charlie wanted to be a Power Ranger, but instead, he and his wife, Hillary, love to visit Walt Disney World and all the newest attractions.
Director of Operations
Deana joined the The Bayou staff in 2003, and she currently serves as Director of Operations. Her professional, upbeat, and down-to-earth personality help her find solutions to financial and logistical situations. She loves watching how God works things out for His glory. When not working, you can find this Franklin native spending time with her husband, Mike, two kids, and family pets.
Derek, also known as Griff, joined The Bayou in 2019 as Student Pastor. He enjoys investing in the next generation of Christ followers, and he brings energy and authenticity to the role. This Monroe native enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, reading, writing, or enjoying local restaurants like Shucks.
Ed started at The Bayou in 2005. He brings creativity and humility to his role as Worship Pastor where he oversees the worship team, musicians, vocalists, and instruments. Ed also composes music for Sunday mornings, special events, and videos. When not working, this Saints and Cajuns fan loves sleeping late, spending time with his family, and visiting New Orleans.
Student Ministry Assistant
Harley, also known as Moana, joined The Bayou staff in 2018. She brings her jovial spirit, attention to detail, and organization to the Student Ministry. In her free time, you can find her enjoying a Chris’s Poboy, catching the latest releases on Netflix or randomly bursting into a musical number.
Student Ministry Coordinator
Haydn brings his creativity and love of God's Word to Student Ministry to help students connect with God through services, small groups, and summer camps. When not working, this UL gradute enjoys napping, eating Pops Poboys, or hanging out with friends.
Associate Worship Pastor
Heith hails from Shreveport, LA. He has brought a pensive, genuine and creative heart to The Bayou team since 2008. As Associate Worship Pastor, he manages the music aspect of Sunday services. When not working, Heith enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their four kids.
Hillary, or Hill when we’re in a hurry, started at The Bayou in 2011. She brings a warm smile and detailed eye to her role as accountant. She manages all accounts payables, weekly contributions and our favorite: payroll. Hillary loves seeing how God transforms donations into changed lives, mission trips and outreach events. When not working, Hillary enjoys hanging out with her husband, Charlie, and their small zoo of rabbits and cats.
Facility Team Member
Jacob joined the facilities team in 2017. He enjoys maintaining our campus so others have a place to attend church. This California native has a competitive side, but he serves daily with honesty and humor. When not working, Jacob enjoys coffee, sushi, and swimming.
Bayou Beanery Coordinator
Jennifer joined The Bayou in 2018 as Bayou Beanery Coordinator. She is motivated and efficient as she manages coffee inventory and Sunday morning volunteers. She loves that her role allows her to meet new guests and learn about the lives of her regular customers. When not working, Jennifer is usually spending time with her two daughters.
Jeramy brings fun, joy and sarcasm to the role of Technical Coordinator as he handles all audio, lights and visual needs for Sunday services and events across campus. With each event, he finds fulfillment in creating environments that point people to Jesus. When not working, Jeramy enjoys hunting, fishing or spending time with his wife, Kori, and their daughter.
Facility Team Coordinator
Kristie joined The Bayou in 2012. Currently, she serves as Facility Team Coordinator where she leads the team to prepare our campus for Sunday services. Though she considers herself an introvert, this health enthusiast teaches fitness classes and inspires us with her healthy lunches. When not working, you can find her spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Linton joined The Bayou staff in 2018 as Care Pastor which includes leading Celebrate Recovery, making hospital visits, counseling individuals or couples, managing benevolence and more. Linton is passionate about giving people hope through their struggles. When not working, this Cajuns fan enjoys playing golf, eating ballpark nachos and spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their three kids.
Facility Team Member
Lon, or L.J., joined The Bayou in 2012 as part of the facilities team. He loves that setting up for the wide variety of events means he’s setting the stage for ministry to happen. When not working, this California native loves crawfish, catching the latest flicks at the cinema, and playing video games.
Lydia, also known as Lyds, started at The Bayou in 2012. Her analytic mind, passion for helping others grow spiritually and sass are the perfect blend in her role as Adult Minister. Lydia oversees all small groups, adult ministry events and First Steps classes. When not working, Lydia enjoys being at home with her husband, Cody, and three children. She also enjoys keeping up with her siblings and tasting the spiciest foods at local restaurants.
Madelyn, or Maddie, joined The Bayou staff in 2015. She loves being part of how The Bayou impacts Acadiana and the kingdom of heaven through her role as Executive Admin Assistant and Missions Coordinator. Maddie is reliable, forward thinking and empathetic as she juggles a variety of events, mission trips and other projects. She thought she’d grow up to be a veterinarian, but instead, she and her husband, Matt, have three rescue dogs.
Mike, or Padre, faithfully served The Bayou Church 35 years as Senior Pastor. Through his courageous leadership, East Bayou Baptist Church has grown into The Bayou Church. His passion and vision has always been to see lives transformed in Acadiana and beyond through Christ-centered relationships. When not working, Padre enjoys time with his wife, Paula, children and grandchildren.
Kids Ministry Assistant
Morgan joined our team in 2018 as Kids Ministry Assistant. Her bubbly personality is contagious as she plans Sunday morning activities for K-5th grades and works with both interns and volunteers. She loves that her role reminds her that age is not a barrier to knowing God. This Houma native also loves hanging out with friends, funny movies, and visiting Olde Tyme Grocery.
Facility Team Member
Morris joined The Bayou's facility team in 2019. His positive and helpful attitude make him a valuable member of the team as he helps to maintain our safe, clean campus. When not working, Morris loves model railroading (building model trains and railways) and spending time with his wife, Kristie, and children.
Volunteer Development Coordinator
Nathan joined the Bayou Team as Volunteer Development Coordinator to help our Bayou members discover and pursue opportunities to make a difference. Helping and seeing others find fulfillment in serving is the best part of his role! When not working, you can find this Kentucky native wearing his favorite Louisiana sports team colors, hunting, fishing, or spending time with his wife, Kayla, and their three children.
Randall joined The Bayou staff in 2018 as Facility Manager. He oversees our 13-acre campus including 93,000-square feet of space for all Sunday services and events with a professional and thoughtful attitude. When not working, Randall enjoys fishing, cooking and spending time with his two kids and friends.
Sammy, or Sambo, manages video creation and editing as Production Assistant. Though he originally wanted to grow up to be Batman or a firefighter, he enjoys using his creative talents to lead people to Christ. When not working, you can often find Sammy traveling and spending time with his wife, Ramsey, and four kids.
Sarah joined The Bayou in 2014 as Promotions Coordinator. She edits all print pieces, manages website and social media content and coordinates several volunteer teams. She enjoys sharing the hope we have in Christ through visual communication and building community on teams. Though she wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian or Broadway dancer, this dog lover enjoys training her rescue dogs and dancing in her free time.
Sean Walker serves as the Senior Pastor at The Bayou Church. Sean grew up at The Bayou and has volunteered and served in many different capacities and ministries. He graduated from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and then received his Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He officially joined the staff in 2008 as the Student Pastor and led 6th-12th grade students until 2015. Sean loves having a front row seat to see God’s miracles in people’s lives every day. When not preaching, leading staff or spending time with people in the church, you can find this Saints fan watching football, training for marathons, or spending time with his wife, Tory, and their two kids.
Worship Ministry Coordinator
Whitney, also known as Whit, hails from Elton, LA. She has brought her bubbly personality, organizational skills and distinct voice to The Bayou since 2006. Currently, Whitney is Worship Ministry Coordinator, and she supports all audio, lights and video related to Sunday services or other events. In her free time, you can find this Saints fan reading, watching movies, or competing in trivia games.