Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Senior Pastor

Pastor Tom Shepard

I have served as the lead Pastor at Addis since July of 2010 and have experienced as many failures and trials in my life as the next man, and I certainly do not walk on water. It is a blessing to serve and work in the community we love. I believe our God is a God of second chances, and is continually doing a redemptive work in the hearts of men. I am married to my best friend, Daneyel, and…
Executive/Worship Pastor

Rev. Ben Harris

I have served on staff at Addis since January 2011. My wife and I were married in September of 2011 and we welcomed our first child in April 2013 and our second September of 2017. I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church learning the Word of God as a child, but it wasn’t until later in life, at age 22, that I would come to experience a real and personal walk with Jesus. Due to the love and grace…
Administrative Director of Education

Dr. Wade Smith

Dr. Wade Smith received his bachelor of education in Chemistry and Biology from LSU in 1978. He taught for 11 years and after finishing his M. Ed. from SLU in 1985 became the principal of Denham Springs Junior High School from 1988-2001. Wade received his Ph.D. from LSU in 2001 and was appointed assistant professor of educational administration at Auburn University. Dr. Smith served in that position until 2003 when he was appointed superintendent of the LSU Lab School. He…
Associate Pastor- Prison Ministry

Dr. Lawton Searcy

Corrections Program Director at Elyan Hunt Correctional Center
Associate Pastor of Students

Pastor Kevin Moss

Kevin came to Church at Addis in July of 2021 with over 30 years of experience in working with middle school and high school students. God began the process of calling him to serve as a full-time minister when he was a junior in high school. He went on to graduate from East Texas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus on missions and evangelism. Kevin married his wife, Stephanie, in 1995, and they were blessed with…

Pastor Mark Younger

Media-Technology/Senior Adult Director

Gary Smith

For over 40 years I’ve enjoyed serving in church. From music to media, from technology to group ministries. Over the years, God continues to provide many ways we can express His love and salvation. Lisa and I met in the Music Library at Southeastern… married in 78’… and we’ve been blessed to share these ministry experiences together. Our son Garrett and his wife Libby are also musicians.
Headmaster- Christian Academy of LA

Jean Putnam

Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6How pure and innocent is a child’s love.  As they grow, it’s my joy to help them learn about God’s love in creative and relevant ways. With our leaders and teachers, we also enjoy providing support and encouragement for parents as they lay the foundation of spiritual growth at home.
Parent’s Day Out Director

Catherine Harris

I’ve been serving at Church at Addis since 2011 alongside my husband Ben Harris. At 13 years of age I accepted Christ into my life. Early on, my plans were a lot different than His. But, He had something special planned for me. He gave me a gift to love and teach the little hearts and minds of children about His truth. I’m blessed to serve with a willing and loving heart.“Train up a child in the way they should…
Children’s Director

Chelsea Graham

Deacon- Kitchen Director- Growth Group Leader

Rickey Andre

In May Kellye and I will be married 40 years. We love Church at Addis because of all the great people and spiritual growth we’ve experienced. As a Deacon I serve the Pastors and and the people of the church. As Kitchen Director I enjoy planning meals with our Kitchen Team for Wednesday nights. And, Larry Larson and I co-lead our High School Boys Growth Group. I encourage all men to join us at Monday Night Men’s Group and find…

Jimmie Jackson