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Matt McCann, Associate Pastor

matt@woodridgeshreveport.org

In May 2013, God blessed me with the opportunity to come on staff at Woodridge. My wife, Joni, and I are natives of central Louisiana but have come to love raising our family here. Joni is a former school teacher and current full-time mom to our 2 children, Jenna (5) and John David (2). As anyone with kids knows, it is a full-time job. (She's my hero!)

I'm an avid sports fan (Geaux Tigers!), a bad golfer, corny joke teller, and slowly recovering redneck. (Just kidding, I'm not really recovering. I still drive a pickup, carry a pocket knife, and go hunting or fishing occasionally). But most of all, I enjoy being a husband and dad.

Prior to coming to Woodridge, I served churches in both Youth and Education Ministry and spent a very brief amount of time in a professional Christian counseling internship. No matter where or how God calls me to serve, I love the body of Christ and have a deep desire to see people come to know Christ and fully dedicate their lives to Him. It's my goal to help the church to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus and make disciples of all nations.

If this is your desire too, shoot me an email or give me a call. Or better yet, let's sit down over a cup of coffee and talk about how we can make God's name famous!

Matt's Family

Dick Powell, Music Minister

dickpowell@woodridgeshreveport.org

My wife, Nancy, and I came to Woodridge in the Fall of 1998. It has been a time of joy becoming a part of this church family and this community. We have two grown children, Anne and Nathan, who are both married (Frank and Amanda are great) and living in Baton Rouge. (Which is fine except for the fact that our grandchildren - Abigail, Ethan, and Deacon - are four hours away.) Nancy is a registered nurse and has another full time job helping me to stay organized and remember things I would otherwise forget.

Aside from music ministry and spending time with family, I enjoy writing music for guitar, playing an occasional round of golf with friends (when I feel like being humiliated), and continuing my life-long quest in search of the perfect cup of coffee.

Dick's Family

Steve Efferson, Youth Minister

steveefferson@woodridgeshreveport.org

My wife and I grew up in very different parts of the country. I grew up in south Louisiana loving gumbo, fried turkey, crawfish, and of course LSU football. My wife is an Okie. She was born in Missouri but spent most of her younger years growing up in Oklahoma. She is a pastor's daughter that has loved being part of ministry her whole life. She also loves to sing. We have three wonderful children that have blessed our lives beyond measure. There are very few dull moments with Lance, Riley, and Blake around. We love to play outside with our kids and work on those sports skills. My wife and I take our relationship with the Lord seriously. We both believe that He deserves and should have all of who we are.

We became members of Woodridge in 2005 when God called us to love and disciple the students that He places in our lives. I have been in youth ministry since 2001. I started when I was nineteen years old and have served churches in Louisiana and Texas. I love working with students and it has been a passion God has placed in my heart for years.

Steve's Family

Lauren Brown, Children's Director

lbrown@woodridgeshreveport.org

Huey and I have been residents of Shreveport our whole lives. We have three wonderful children: Gordon, Jack, and Kate. Between coaching baseball and soccer and cheering on the gymnastic team we stay pretty busy. We absolutely love children and all the activities and adventure they bring!

Woodridge has always played an important role in my life. I became a member of Woodridge in 1989 when it was Caddo Heights Baptist Church. God called me to Preschool and Children's Ministry in 2006. I know, with all my heart, that God has called me to serve Him through Woodridge, and I enjoy being a part of all He has planned for this wonderful church.

Lauren's Family

Lois Gordon, Church Secretary

loisgordon@woodridgeshreveport.org

Jennifer Meleton, Church Secretary

jtmeleton@woodridgeshreveport.org