Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Bill Dye

Lead Pastor

Bill is responsible for the overall ministry focus of the church. He provides oversight and direction to the ministry staff, offers leadership and vision for the church, and preaches on Sunday mornings. Bill also teaches periodically on Wednesday nights.
Bill has been at North Monroe since 2001 Prior to that, he ministered in churches in Groves, Houston and Bridgeport, Texas. Bill received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth and a Doctorate of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas.

Bill and Amy have been married for 37 years and they have four sons, two daughters in law and three grandchildren. As a recovering former Dallas Cowboys fan, Bill now pulls for the ULM Warhawks, the New Orleans Saints, and the LSU Tigers. When he's not at work, he's usually fixing something that one of his sons broke.

Cody Albritton

Discipleship Pastor

Cody  coordinates adult LifeGroups and Wednesday Bible studies. He also helps people connect to the ministries and groups at North Monroe. Prior to coming to North Monroe, Cody served in college ministries in Texas, Arkansas, and Alabama. He loves helping people grow into mature followers of Christ.  Both LA Tech graduates, Cody and Christina have been married since 2008. Cody also has a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The Albrittons and their three kids (Kayleigh, Whitlee, and Watson) love playing outside and being with friends.

Kenneth Clark

Young Families & Children's Pastor

Kenneth gives oversight to the children’s ministries at both of our campuses.  Kenneth delights in seeing children of all ages come to a life-changing knowledge of Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Prior to joining the staff at North Monroe in 2005, Kenneth served as the Worship and Children’s Pastor at FBC Groves, Texas for seven years. He taught in the public school system for sixteen years. Kenneth received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He earned a Masters of Elementary Education with a concentration in Administration from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Outside of working at North Monroe, Kenneth loves spending time with his wife, Tammy, and their three daughters, especially at the beach!

Kevin Crim

Bastrop Campus Pastor

Kevin works to lead the vision of North Monroe at North Church Bastrop, our Bastrop campus. He has a passion to share the love of Christ with others and help them become fully devoted followers of Christ in how they live and serve. Kevin has been in ministry for over 2 decades, serving Christ in various roles in churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and California before coming to North Monroe. Kevin's wife Nichole is a teacher at Beekman Charter School and serves on our North Church Bastrop worship team.   Kevin's children and their spouses also serve at North Monroe and North Church Bastrop.  His daughter Mary Beth is married to Dylan Breshears.  His son Nathan is married to Courtney.  Kevin's favorite pastime is spoiling his grandchildren - Annabelle, Rori and very soon Theo.

Blake Davis

Worship Pastor

Blake is a local boy, born & raised in the promised land of West Monroe. Blake has been leading worship for over 20 years and began his ministry at NMBC in 2005. He serves as the Worship Pastor, overseeing the worship ministry and leading in our contemporary service on Sunday mornings.  Blake oversees the marketing, advertising, and publications of the church, as well.  Blake is an OCS and ULM graduate. He and his wife, Kelli, have been married since 2006 and have two children: Kami & Hudson.

Warren Eckhardt

Pastoral Care & Administrative Pastor

Warren has served at North Monroe since May of 1992. He has seen many changes in buildings and staff, however, his love for serving North Monroe and its people is still very intense and rewarding. He serves as the Pastoral Care Pastor.  Warren takes care of hospital visits and homebound members and oversees the Senior Adult ministry of NMBC. Warren also serves as the Administration Pastor which means he oversees the finances of the church. Warren and Donna have been married since 1978 and enjoy traveling and doing projects around the house. They have three adult children, Cody, Shana, and Tyler who all grew up in North Monroe.

Ministry Team

Valerie Barley

Graphic Artist/Vocalist

Valerie was born in Texas and raised in West Monroe, LA. She attended West Monroe High School (Go Rebs!) and graduated from ULM with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree. She has been on staff at North Monroe since 2010 as a Graphic Artist and vocalist on the worship team. She works with the Creative Team and helps oversee the planning, coordination, and implementation of graphic design in the various ministries of the church. She has a passion for others to know the love of God through Jesus Christ and worship him in Spirit and truth.

Chris Craighead, Jr.

College Pastor

Chris grew up in Calhoun, LA before attending Louisiana Tech to get a BA in Business Management.  He and his wife Gaelin have done college ministry at LSU, Florida State and Louisiana Tech.  They have two sweet kids, Caroline and Christopher III.   Chris loves the impact the local church can have on students during their college years. As they are becoming the person they will be for the rest of their lives, the college ministry can help strengthen them in their walk with Christ.  The college campus is also the most strategic mission field because the students on the campus are the leaders of tomorrow. Reach them now with the Gospel and you will reach generations to come.

Theresa Dickerson

Early Childhood Director

As the Early Childhood Director, Theresa’s passion is serving God by loving and serving our children and families at North Monroe Baptist Church and our community. Her goal is to create a fun, loving and safe environment where every child will feel God’s love and every parent will feel secure in knowing their child is in great care. Theresa also has the privilege of leading/serving with our awesome volunteers and paid staff who love teaching, interacting and building relationships with the children. She considers it an honor and blessing to serve our God and His church. Theresa and her husband Rodney are both natives of Louisiana and graduates of ULM. They have 2 children, Chelsea (married to Colin) and Kyle (married to Sierra) and grandkids - Hudson, Stella, Tatum & Perry. Theresa has 24+ years of church staff experience in Children & Preschool ministry (as Mother’s Day Out Director, Weekday Director, Children & Preschool Team leader and Preschool Administrator). She loves hanging out with her family, talking and laughing.

Wendy Driedger

Local Missions & Online Ministries Director

Wendy and her husband, Isaac, moved to Louisiana in 2009 from Borger, TX. Eager to get connected in Monroe.  She joined MOPS at NMBC, and from there she was introduced to the Mother's Day Out Program where both of her children, Ariana and Madelyn attended.  Wendy began as an assistant teacher in the 3 year old classroom in 2013 and became the MDO Director in 2016.  In 2021, she moved into the role of Local Missions and Online Ministries Director.  Wendy also heads up our First Impressions Ministry and helps find a place for people to plug in and serve in our church and all over our community.

Steven Keirsey

Student Pastor

Steven is a North Louisiana native having been born in Monroe, raised in West Monroe, and attaining his B.L.A at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. He married the woman of his dreams, Kelsea, in 2021. He brings years of camp/ministry experience to the table. Formerly, he worked as the Associate Summer Camp Director at Seeker Springs as well has holding many other positions there. Now a part of the North Monroe family, he serves the student ministry to help them develop a sense of belonging and leads Bible studies to help them become more like Christ.

Michael Lachney

Media Director

Michael serves North Monroe as our Media Director. He plans, coordinates, and implements the Media Ministries of the church.  Prior to joining the staff at North Monroe in 2018, Michael worked for an engineering firm as an Instrumentation Engineer and as a System Integrator with a leading company in the field. Michael holds an Electrical Engineering degree from LA Tech University in Ruston.  Michael is from Tioga, LA and has been married to his wife, Holly, since 2007.  They have three children: Aaron, Anna & Ethan.

Maddy McDade

Bastrop Student Minister

Maddy is originally from DeRidder, LA where she grew up on a goat farm (though sadly the goats did not do yoga) with her brother, Mom and Dad, and Nana and Papa. Maddy moved to Monroe in 2017 to attend ULM and graduated in December of 2020.  Maddy has been involved in many ministries throughout her life including going on mission trips across the United States and to Haiti, working as a mentor in an after-school program, and interning at her home church’s youth ministry for two summers during college.  Maddy’s love for youth ministry grew so much after her two summers as an intern that she decided to pursue ministry full time. Maddy is so excited to work with the Bastrop students and help them each develop a personal relationship with Christ that is life-changing and everlasting.

Jeff McPherson

Director of Facilities & Men's Ministry

Jeff was born and raised in East Texas. He grew up in a pastor’s home and spent years in Student Ministry before moving to Louisiana in February of 2012 with his wife Jennifer and 2 kids, Rachel and Matthew, to work as a district retail manager.  It didn’t take long for them to find North Monroe Baptist Church and fall in love with their church family.  Six years later, Jeff joined the staff at North Monroe as the Director of Facilities. He has been in that position since June of 2018 and now also serves as the Director of Men’s Ministry.

Chase Nance

Middle School Pastor

Born just an hour and a half from our church, Chase has made Monroe his home after moving to the area for college. He enjoys fishing, golfing, and long walks on the beach with his beautiful dog "CJ" (Which stands for Chase Junior). As the Middle School Pastor, Chase's duties include whatever Steven tells him to do. Chase has a copious amount of experience in child leadership roles ranging from daycares to Northwest Louisiana Special Olympics.  Chase also has a beautiful wife, Hannah, who somehow manages to put up with him. Chase and his wife Hannah were wed in holy matrimony in 2020; the year the world fell apart.

Anna Pitts

Bastrop Children's Minister

Anna is the mother to 3 beautiful girls, Ada, Chloe, and Dani.  They are very good at keeping her on her toes as well as making sure she has been asked at least 500 questions in a day.  Anna has a wonderful and supportive husband, Tim. They have been married for 13 years and loving where God is leading them.  She spent 4 years in the corporate world after graduating from ULM, then was blessed to become a stay at home mom for a few years. God opened a door to Mother's Day Out at NMBC, and she is now into her fourth year of teaching the one year old class.  In 2016, Anna officially became the Children's Minister at the Bastrop campus, working with babies all the way up to 6th graders.  She counts it such a blessing to be a part of kids’ lives and to be able to tell them about Jesus.

Tim Pitts

Bastrop Worship Pastor

Tim and wife, Anna, are parents to Ada, Chloe, and Dani.  He has been on staff at North Monroe since the start of our Bastrop campus in 2012. He has been actively leading worship for the last 16 years. The greatest joy in Tim’s life is to see the people of God rise up to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Matt Powell

Associate Worship Pastor

Matt was born in Texas, but grew up in Morgan City, LA. He was raised in a musical family, his mom a piano teacher and his dad a music minister. He has been leading worship since 2008 and in full-time music ministry since 2014.  Matt leads worship in the traditional service on Sundays, administrates student and college worship, and works alongside Blake in other areas of worship ministry.  Matt and his wife Keri Beth both have music degrees from Louisiana College and have been married since 2014. They have two daughters, Clarke and KJ (Kara Jane).

Rudy Turner

Mother's Day Out Director

Rudy is the director of out Mother's Day Out Program, and has served in our program since 2015. Rudy is very passionate about this ministry and teaching the students in our program about Jesus. Rudy and Rob were married in 2007 and have two handsome boys, Nehemiah and Elias. Her love for teaching crosses over into her family as well as she homeschools both of their boys. Rudy graduated from the University of Denver with her bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and Behavioral Science with a minor in Sociology. She has been teaching since 2009. Fun fact about Rudy - Both of her children race BMX competitively and they travel all over the United States for it! 

Joey Young

International Missions Pastor

Joey and his wife Lori have a heart for international missions and stepped in to oversee the program at NMBC in 2020.  Joey and Lori got married in 1984 and have three sons (Andrew, Christopher & Nicholas,) three daughters-in-law (Laura, Emily & Bailey,) and five grandchildren (Camille, Caroline, Margaret, Charlie & Elizabeth Brooke.)  “I am a product of others discipling me in my life. I enjoy leading others to Christ & the aspect of discipling others. There is something special about connecting with students. When I see them grasp the material & understand it & then pass it on… that’s what it’s all about.”

Administrative Team

Carla Knox

Financial Director

Carla Knox is originally from Maracay, Venezuela. A city girl at heart! Right after graduating from High School at the age of 17, she came to the US to learn English and stayed with her aunt in Hattiesburg, MS. She knew God had a plan for her in the US.  After the ESL program at the University of Southern Mississippi, she decided to get her degree from there and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  She met her husband Tyrone in MS, a country boy at heart! They’ve been married since 2008. They have 2 beautiful children Gabriella and Jacoby. Her husband's job brought them to Northeast Louisiana.  Carla has worked at North Monroe Mother’s Day Out since 2009 as a preschool teacher and was at Pine Grove Church as the financial secretary for 4 years.

Teresa Lockwood

Educational Assistant

After working at State Farm for 26 years, Teresa joined the North Monroe family in 2006. She maintains the church database and assists primarily with discipleship and student ministry. She and her husband Eddie are enjoying life as empty nesters caring for their new chickens while they wait on the children to give them grandkids. Teresa is affectionately called Granny T by all the staff kids. 

Paula Minter

Communications Assistant

Over the years, Paula has served in many secretarial positions, but her favorite is the position she holds now. Being a “people” person, she loves greeting and communicating with people on the phone and in person.  Paula has served at North Monroe since 2000.  Prior to that, she attended NLU and worked in the insurance industry for 23 years.  Paula and Randy have been married since 1978 and have a married son and daughter and five grandchildren who they love spending time with every chance they get.

Sharon Moore

Administrative Assistant

If she's not in Branson, MO, you can find Sharon taking care of everyone at North Monroe.  Sharon joined the North Monroe staff in 2008 as the Lead Pastor's administrative assistant.  She also volunteers in the Student Ministry where she runs the Student Café making sure every student has a grilled cheese and an ICEE.  Sharon and her husband, Richard, have 2 adult sons, Adam & Andrew and the love of their life, Bandit, a dog.

Coty Brooke White

Worship & Children's Ministry Assistant

Coty Brooke joined the North Monroe staff in 2021 as the Worship & Children's Ministry Assistant.  She also is a part of our Financial Team, working closely with our Financial Director.  Coty & her husband, Will, have two furry children, Ellie & Opal.