Dr. Steve Bennett
"Preacher" is originally from Westlake, Louisiana. He is a graduate of McNeese State University; earned his Master's at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Doctorate at Luther Rice International Seminary. Bro. Steve has pastored churches in Louisiana, Texas, New York, and Mississippi.
He has been married to Susan (Mann) for 41 years. They have two adult children - their son, Sam, is a church planter in Montana; their daughter, Shay, is married to a pastor in Mississippi. Preacher and Mrs. Suzie have seven grandchildren.
Bro. Steve has published two books - a devotional book and a cook book.
Dr. Christian Nichles
Family Life Pastor
For almost two decades Christian has served Students and their families in Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas. He believes that now more than ever before is the time for reclamation of the family, the role of parents in spiritual formation, and the purpose of students to bring Awakening to the world as they see Jesus for who he really is: King!
Christian and Emily met in college and were married in April of 2000. They have three amazing children with hopes to adopt in the near future. Christian earned his B.A., Masters, and Doctorate in Education/Spiritual Formation of Youth and Families. Christian frequently speaks at Student and Student Leadership conferences and is a contributing author to several books and Student Ministry publications. Christian is an avid reader and loves the outdoors. His favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20-"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us"
Dr. James Rivers
Missions / Senior Adult Pastor
James was born in East Texas and has lived much of his life in Southwest Louisiana. He earned degrees from McNeese State University, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Since 1977, James has served churches in four states, Mississippi, New York, Florida, and Louisiana. He and his wife, Suzie, also served for four years as missionaries in India.
James and Suzie have been married for 43 years; have four adult children and 14 grandchildren. In April 2009, James returned to First Baptist Moss Bluff and currently serves as the Missions and Senior Adult Pastor.
Director of Small Groups
For over 20 years Beau has served churches in South Louisiana as Student Pastor to Sr Pastor. Over the years he has witnessed that the most healthy authentic life change and transformation happens within the context of small group settings. This has been true since the first steps of the baby church of the New Testament. He is excited to be a part of a church that makes biblical small groups a foundational strategy in reaching out and developing people to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Beau and Olivia have been married since 2006 and have two children. As a family they enjoy entertaining at home and camping. They are excited to call Moss Bluff their home and hope you will join in on what God is doing.
Blake was born in Shreveport, LA, but has spent the majority of his life in East Texas. He earned his B.M. in Church Music from East Texas Baptist University. Blake is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He believes that worship is our response to the Lord for all that He is and all that He has done for us. His favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Blake and Krystle met in college and were married in October 2014. They are expecting their first child in December 2015. They enjoy reading, watching movies, and cheering on their beloved Texas Rangers. They are so excited to be a part of what God is doing in Moss Bluff, and are thrilled to be able to call it home.
Director of Preschool
Lawren was born and raised in town a outside of Houston called Deer Park, Texas. She grew up and was on staff at her home church of First Baptist Pasadena. She is currently in school at Liberty University pursuing a degree in Christian Studies. Her favorite bible verse is Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do work at it with all of your heart, as if you are working for the Lord and not for men.” She constantly thinks about this verse throughout her daily life. Lawren’s heart is to serve Jesus and to serve others. Her passion is to see children come to know the Lord and to let them know they have her in their corner throughout each stage in their life. She enjoys being with family and friends. She is excited to be apart of the family here at First Baptist Moss Bluff, and is excited to begin her life here in her new home.
J.J. is originally from Waco, TX and a graduate of Baylor University where he played football and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He met his wife, Stephanie, while attending Baylor and they were married in 1996. Before J.J. surrendered to the call of ministry in 2004, he was a Texas High School football coach and educator for 12 years. In December of 2004 J.J. took over as the Minister to Students at First Baptist in Pasadena, TX where he served as the Junior High, High School and College minister for nearly 12 years. He has now worked with students in one capacity or another for over 20 years understanding that each young person comes with their own call from God to take the gospel where others may not be able to go; so it is his desire to develop leaders through family ministry and discipleship.
J.J. and Stephanie have been married for 20 years and have 3 children: Stone (16), Maggie (13), and Jake (9).