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David is the husband of Rachel, the father of Cassia, Hallie, and Gabe, and the pastor of FBC since September 2006. His family roots are in Winnsboro, Texas and the surrounding area. David enjoys family time, jogging, Cherry Coke Zero, and afternoon naps.

In March 1979 I asked Christ for his salvation, and in July 1983, he called me to a deeper commitment. Christianity was more than being good and going to church. My life with Christ was to impact others.

God called me to the ministry while I was at summer camp on July 14, 1988. I did not know at that point exactly what He wanted me to do. I knew that He wanted me to minister, and I believed that He could use me as a doctor, which would fulfill both my life-long professional pursuit as well as my newly-answered calling. Despite an exceptional undergraduate grade-point average and an above-average entrance-exam score, every medical school to which I applied rejected me, one in fact stating I spoke of God too much during my interview. That door’s closing brought me straightforward into my seminary experience and full-time ministry. The ensuing years have been an amazing adventure of faith.

More than anything, God is teaching me again and again that He must be present in all that I do, and He must be the One doing the work. He and He alone is able to change the character of the people I am called to teach and to lead. Whatever role He gives, I know He has equipped me to teach and disciple those to whom He has called me. I pray to glorify Him by making disciples who will make disciples.

Caleb and his wife (Courtney) are members of Trinity Baptist Church and currently serve in the Student Ministry. They have two children: Alyas (5) and Ada (2). Caleb holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Pastoral Studies. He attended Louisiana College, McNeese State University and holds a General Studies Degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe with an emphasis in Spanish. Formerly, he and Courtney served as missionaries in La Paz, Bolivia where he served on staff at Highlands International School and was the Family Pastor at Heartland Church. Caleb says “My passion is to invest in the lives of others by helping them to realize and live out their callings. I am driven by opportunities to teach people essential biblical, gospel, and life truths.”

Andy grew up in church and was saved and baptized in 1973 at the age of 12. Andy and his wife, Becky, have been married for over 40 years and have been active members of Trinity for over 23 years. Andy has been involved in music ministry since 1992 and has served full-time, as well as in interim positions, in several churches in Southwest Louisiana. He also sang as a soloist for the Louisiana Baptist Singing Ministers.

Their son, Brydon, and his wife, Samantha, live in Lake Charles, and both are involved in ministry at Trinity. Brydon is an active deacon and plays guitar in The North Venue. He is the Human Resources Manager for Imperial Health, and Samantha is a teacher for the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

Their daughter, Taylor, is married to Dustin Smart and has two beautiful boys, Reed and Grayson. They also live in Lake Charles. Andy is an avid golfer and fisherman.

Andy’s prayer for Trinity Baptist Church is that we remain a bright light in a dark world and continue to reach the lost, both locally and around the world.

Sasha has been a member of Trinity since 1998. She returned to the Trinity family after spending several years on the mission field in Honduras, where she served at the Good Shepherd Children’s Home. While living in Honduras, she met her husband, Victor, and they have two daughters, Noelia and Emelie. Sasha has been a Christ follower since the age of 9 and has had the privilege of growing up in a home where serving Christ and others was always of importance. Over the years at Trinity, she has served in student ministry, media ministry and children’s ministry in different capacities as a volunteer. She is excited to now be a part of the children’s ministry and desires to see children and their families grow in God’s Word and be discipled so that they can go and make disciples.

Lauren and her family have been Trinity members since March 2022. Lauren and her husband, Robby, moved to Lake Charles in June 2020. Robby is in the Coast Guard, which originally brought them to Lake Charles. They moved from Fairhope, Alabama, where they were previously stationed. Lauren and Robby are originally from the East Texas area.

Lauren was saved at the age of 9, at First Baptist Church of Crosby, Texas. She grew up playing every sport offered to girls. She started volunteering with Upward at her previous church from 2008-15. She understands the importance of community and loves to see it grow at the Trinity Center. She began as a recreation assistant at the Trinity Center in August 2021. When the director opportunity became available, the Lord directed Lauren’s path to make her dream a reality.

Lauren and Robby have been married 10 years and have two daughters, Haley (20) and Eva (8). She loves to coach her girls! 

Gabriel is originally from Southeast Mexico and joined Trinity Baptist Church when he and his wife moved to Lake Charles in 2015. He has been involved in the Spanish ministry leading Bible Studies and discipleship ever since. He is currently serving as the associate pastor for the Spanish ministry.

Gabriel’s life purpose is proclaiming the whole counsel of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

He has been married to Anais for 11 years. They have one daughter, Anna.

Gabriel es originario del sureste de México y se llegó a Trinity Baptist Church cuando él y su esposa se mudaron a Lake Charles en 2015. Ha estado involucrado en el ministerio en español liderando estudios bíblicos y discipulado desde entonces. Actualmente se desempeña como pastor de asociado para el ministerio hispano.

 El propósito en la vida de Gabriel es proclamar todo el consejo de Dios en el Evangelio de Jesucristo.

 Ha estado casado con Anaís durante 11 años y tienen una hija, Anna.

Kevin is a licensed professional counselor married 33 years to Krystal, the love of his life. They both grew up in church and met during a church event at Acadian Baptist Center in Eunice, Louisiana. Kevin grew up on a rice and soybean farm and was saved at Elizabeth Memorial Baptist Church in Branch, Louisiana, at the age of 7. One year after graduating high school he joined the Air Force, and with their sense of humor, he was assigned to work with the U.S. Army as a TACP working with live ordinances and a variety of pyrotechnics.

Later, Kevin earned a B.A. degree from Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He then served as senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Eunice for almost seven years while completing my master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has served as Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) director at Family & Youth, as well as a treatment provider for Calcasieu Parish Drug and DWI Court. He joined the Trinity team in 2015 and loves helping people in their journey through life.

The Richards have four adult children and five grandchildren. They love doing things together like walking, gardening, and other projects around the house. Kevin enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors. He is thankful to be a part of what God is doing here at Trinity and in the lives of His people.

Keith, along with his wife, Amy, and son Jackson, moved to Lake Charles three weeks before Hurricane Laura from Eunice, Louisiana. He joined the Trinity staff in the days following Laura and not only came to appreciate how much Trinity gave to the Lake Area but also how much this community pulled together. Keith came to Trinity after spending 13 years working for Acadian Baptist Center and 10 years working for LAS Fire & Safety, both in Eunice. Amy is a pharmacist, Jackson is a student at Barbe High School, and their daughter Alicia joined us recently to attend McNeese State University. They have three other children, Tyler, Matthew, and Faith.

Keith was raised as a preacher’s kid and came to know Christ personally at the age of 7 while attending Trinity Baptist Church in Biloxi, Mississippi. Keith and Amy have a passion for missions, just like many people here at Trinity. They have led several groups to El Salvador and made trips to Mexico and Kenya to share the gospel.

Keith loves serving here at Trinity and inherited a great staff led by Cinnamon, Bobby, and Victor. They do an incredible job of keeping Trinity looking good and running smoothly. Their goal is to create a distraction-free environment that will allow God to move in a mighty way in the lives of those who visit this campus each week.

Rick has been with Trinity Baptist Church since April 2004. He has an undergraduate degree in Oral Communications from Baylor University and a Master’s of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was raised in a pastor’s home and was saved at the age of 7. He has a wealth of experience having served churches in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. Rick and his wife, Karen, have two grown children and four grandchildren. He oversees all ministry areas, works specifically with the adult ministries, and gives overall leadership to the vision of Trinity with the senior pastor. His life verse is Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

John David is a worship leader and creative with a desire to see people connect with God. Born and raised in the Lake Area, JD grew up with deep roots in the local church and came to know the Lord at a young age. He quickly found his calling in full time ministry after serving at his local church and serving with IMB and NAMB missionaries on short term mission trips. Over the last decade God has been faithful to give John David opportunities to serve in a number of different ministries and capacities in and outside the church. John David is married to his wife Jenny and they enjoy the outdoors, being on the water, road trips, and any chance for adventure. JD leads worship in our North Venue and assists our communications department with content creation and social media elements. 

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