MatthewWeaver is originally from Georgia. He has now lived in the New Orleans area since 2014 and has been married to his incredible wife Emily since April of 2017. He received his M.Div from NOBTS and serves as the Ministries Pastor at Vintage Church NOLA. Matthew is passionate about the local church, reaching people with the Gospel, preaching God’s Word, and seeing people take the next steps in their faith. He also enjoys good coffee, the outdoors, and playing golf.
Go Dawgs and Who Dat!
Josh Holland is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, husband to his awesome wife Taran and father to his small tribe of 5 amazing kids.
Josh currently serves the Lord as a Navy Chaplain at Naval Aviation Schools Command on NAS Pensacola. The Holland crew has been in PCOLA for 2 years and were previously stationed in Norfolk, VA where Josh was the “Chaps” onboard a navy warship, where he earned his sea legs.
Before the Navy Josh spent years in the local church serving as a youth minister, a pastor, and a church planter in New Orleans. Josh is loud, passionate, has an accent that most people can’t quite figure out. His volume and intensity come from his gratefulness for the love of His Savior that transformed His life. When he was younger, and in a lot better shape, Josh was a college linebacker. Now he enjoys coaching…because that’s what old guys do when they are afraid to get ran over.
Jay serves as the Youth Specialist with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. His desire is to help engage people with the Gospel and to know the love of Jesus Christ.
Jay believes that the message of Jesus changes lives and provides hope. This means so much more to him because he is a cancer survivor.
He has worked at churches in Louisiana, Tennessee and travels throughout the U.S. speaking and leading Conferences. He leads Youth Summer Camps and YEC, Youth Evangelism Conference, for Tennessee Baptists. Jay holds a degree from Leavell College of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending with his wife Natalee, two children Caleb and Mary-Clare, and daughter in law Whitley. Advocating for Special Needs, eating Cajun Cuisine, and travel brings joy to his family.
Andrew Belmore is a worship leader and musician based out of the Greater New Orleans area. His desire is to glorify the name of Jesus and see others come to know His name. This happens by serving the local church through providing biblical and theologically sound worship. He is currently a student at Leavell College.
The Grace Well
The Grace Well is a worship band from New Orleans, and for over a decade, they have led worship for MissionLab. Their passion for ministry is to lead congregations to praise Jesus Christ, the giver of grace, from his well that never runs dry. The band has written and recorded three albums, including Not Ours But Yours, their latest release of worship songs for the church.
Ryan Rice Sr.
Pastor Ryan Rice Sr. is a native of New Orleans. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Dillard University, where he studied Mass Communications graduating Magna Cum Laude. After studying Mass Communications at Dillard University, Ryan proceeded to utilize his skills for communications by working in Corporate Communications, as well as, Training and Development. Ryan excelled in his career was named Employee of the year in 2005 as well as 2009.After sensing a vocational call to ministry, Ryan went on as a children’s pastor at a large multi-campus church in Baton Rouge, La.
In 2014, Ryan and his family moved back to New Orleans to plant Connect Church in the community of Algiers, where he grew up.Currently Ryan is pursuing an MA in Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Ryan has a passion for expository preaching and has served as a speaker at the 2017 Southern Baptist Pastor’s Conference and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is on the speaking team of the national refresh conference hosted by Sherwood Baptist and has led training for the Send Network.Ryan and his wife Seane’ enjoy spending time with their four children: Ryan Jr., Brayden, Reagen and Bailey.
RobWilton is a multi-city movement leader for Christ. He is the Founding Pastor of Vintage Church, Send City Missionary for the Send Network, and the Chaplain for the New Orleans Saints. Although his family is from South Africa, Rob was born and raised in New Orleans and this is where he met Jesus. Upon moving to the Carolinas for high school and college, he answered the call to ministry and married his high school sweetheart, Annabeth. Together, they returned to New Orleans for seminary and to serve the city before and after Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans, they welcomed four beautiful children into this world: Bolt, Mack, Birk, and McCall. After Hurricane Katrina, Rob planted Vintage Church which has reached hundreds for Jesus and he also became the New Orleans Saints Chaplain. After a decade of ministry, the Lord called Rob to plant another Vintage Church in Pittsburgh. In less than a year, Vintage Church Pittsburgh launched with hundreds of people in two different locations. Rob has a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry. He loves to travel, play golf, and hang with his family and close friends.
Irvin grew up in Dallas, TX. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University (Go Dawgs) and received his MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Clarksville, TN serving at Living Hope Baptist Church. He is the Campus Pastor of Living Hope’s second campus-Tylertown Church. Irvin has a passion for preaching God’s word and seeing people come to know Jesus and grow in their faith. In his spare time, Irvin is an avid sports fan (Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, OU Sooners) and in his spare time enjoys playing basketball and talking sports.
Dr. James “Jamie” K. Dew was elected New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s ninth president on June 5, 2019, by a unanimous vote of the NOBTS board of trustees. In accepting the position, Dew said, “I’m humbled to the core of my being. I’m going to give you everything I have. I believe we’re going to have a fantastic time as we go forward together.”
Dew’s academic credentials include two Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees—a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. Dew’s Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry is from SEBTS and his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies is from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, Ga.He is also a widely published author.
Prior to his coming to NOBTS, Dew served as Vice President of Undergraduate Studies and Distance Learning and Associate Professor of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.Dr. Dew served as senior pastor of Stony Hill Baptist Church, Wake Forest, NC, for eight years and in a variety of church ministry positions including minister to adults, youth minister, and interim pastor.
Married for eighteen years, Dew and his wife Tara are the parents of two sets of twins – Natalie and Nathan, 12, and Samantha and Samuel, 9.
Brian grew up in a pastor’s home being exposed to the scriptures and ministry at a very young age. After wrestling with a call to ministry for a few years God finalized this call through a summer of camp counseling. From there Brian began to pursue full time ministry by going to Leavell College and getting every experience he could. This included serving as a Summer Missionary and as Sites Coordinator at MissionLab. Now, Brian is beginning his fourth year as Student Pastor at Hickory Ridge Baptist Church.
Dr. Greg Wilton is from New Orleans and was recently announced as the next dean of Leavell College.
Wilton comes to Leavell College from Send Relief, where he served as national director for immigrants and refugees. During his time with Send Relief, Wilton oversaw national strategies and ministry efforts aimed at immigrant and refugee care and directed the work of Send Relief’s Clarkston Ministry Center in Clarkston, Ga. Wilton previously served as a lead pastor, a missions pastor, and an International Mission Board missionary in Southeast Asia.
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