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About Us

Our Staff

Lewis Richerson, Ph.D.

Lead Pastor

Pastor Lewis came to Woodlawn Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA as Lead Pastor in May 2012. He previously served at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in various capacities from 2005-2012 where he also received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages (M.Div.) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Preaching (Ph.D.) degrees. His desire is to see the body of Christ, gathered around and focused upon the word of God, in her preaching and music, "for the equipping of the Saints for the work of ministry." In addition to leading in the local church, Pastor Lewis has been instrumental in launching a ministry in India that includes an accredited Bible college and seminary, church planting efforts throughout India, an orphan ministry, and pastor training. He is married to Erica, and together they have four children: Dalton, Carlie, Anna, and David.

Laramie Minga

Music Pastor

Laramie came to Woodlawn Baptist Church in March 2011. He previously served as Minister of Music and Youth at Bethel Baptist Church in Water Valley, MS for five years and as Worship Pastor at Colyell Baptist Church in Livingston, LA for three years. He studied music at Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice) at Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a Master of Music in Church Music (Conducting) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Laramie and his wife Angela met at the University of Mississippi. They have two precious children: Addison and Will.

Laramie has a strong passion for Word-driven music in the gathered worship of the church. In regards to music in worship, he says, “For some time now it has become common to see priority placed on styles and performance and not on solid theological content. Many of us (leaders of music in worship) have exchanged the worship of God for the entertainment of the congregants. That is not to say that performance and style are not important, but that they are secondary to the text and should be used as tools in which to communicate that text. My ministry objective is to assist in the discipleship of the local church and to lead it in Word-driven worship (not limited to music) so that God would be glorified.”

His interests include sports (especially baseball and golf), sushi, cooking, and music (of course).

Lyn Bailey

Children's Minister

Lyn joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church in September 2015. Lyn married her wonderful husband, Caleb, on March 20,1999. They have 3 children, Mikayla, Tristan, and Landon. Lyn graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master Of Arts in Counseling and Guidance. She and Caleb have been members of WBC since March 2002 and are excited to continue to serve the Lord faithfully with the staff of Woodlawn. Lyn desires to bring God glory through the children's ministry and make His name known to future generations.

Their family enjoys spending time with extended family at LSU football tailgates/games, playing sports, and traveling.

Travis McNeely

Youth & College Pastor

Travis joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church November 2017. Travis is husband to Jillian and father to two boys, Shiloh (2) and Thaddeus (newborn). Travis is passionate about engaging the secular culture with the gospel, as well as equipping fellow saints to understand and articulate the "whats" and "whys" of their Christian faith, in order for the lost to be saved and discipled. His vocational ministry experience includes working at Christian youth camps, Christian schools, and now in the local church as a college and youth pastor.

Travis and Jillian are Floridians who both attended and graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute (where they met) and The College at Southwestern. Travis looks forward to graduating with two Masters degrees in Spring 2018 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Leigh Willis

Ministry Assistant

Leigh joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church in February of 2015. She and her husband, Edward and their daughter, Bridget, have been members of Woodlawn Baptist Church since 2002 where Edward served as Deacon and Leigh taught Sunday School and served in AWANA. They were married 31 years before Edward went home to be with the Lord. Leigh is retired from the State Division of Administration after 34 years of employment. Leigh and Bridget enjoy spending time with their family, going on mission trips, and sharing the love of Christ through life experiences.

Kendra Trahan

Financial Secretary

Kendra joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church in July of 2016. Kendra is married to Randy Trahan and together they have 2 daughters. They enjoy spending time with their family, participating in our music ministry at Woodlawn, and are very active in their Sunday School class where Randy is the teacher.

Terri Davis

Preschool Director

Terri is a transplanted Texan from Big Lake, TX. She graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. She and her husband, Kenneth, have been married for 17 years. They have seven children: Hunter, Thomas, Logan, Presley, Ian, Colton, and Makinley. Terri enjoys baking, playing games with her children, and serving in the AWANA program at Woodlawn Baptist Church. She has a passion to show others God’s love and to serve Christ by serving others.

Kirstie Stokes

MDO Director

Kirstie Stokes is the wife of David Stokes, and together they have three boys, Jack (6), Nathan (5), and Owen (2). Kirstie obtained her Bachelor's degree from Roanoke College in Virginia and her Master's degree in Social Wor from Louisiana State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has dedicated her career to working with children and families. Kirstie taught the two-year old class at Woodlawn Mother's Day Out program, and her three boys have been a part of the program as well. She teaches a children's Sunday School class at Woodlawn Baptist Church and also works in our AWANA ministry. Kirstie is passionate about children's ministry and early learning and has begun her second ear as Director of Woodlawn Baptist's Mother's Day OUt program.

Jim Harp

Maintenance Supervisor

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