Brian is a full-time doctoral student at New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary, pursuing a PhD in Theology/Church History. Brian holds a Masters of Divinity in Christian Thought and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from NOBTS, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, TV, and Film from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Brian served in student ministry for over a decade and has been leading worship for over twenty years, serving churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and California. While serving as a Student Pastor, Brian fell in love with communicating God's word, which led to accepting a role as a head pastor.
In March of 2020, our church suddenly found ourselves without a pastor just as the COVID-19 pandemic had begun. In this time of perceived need, Brian stepped up to the preaching role while the church considered searching for a pastor. In short time, a decision was made to ask Brian to be the pastor of our church. Brian was officially hired as the pastor of our church on June 14, 2020, after having served in the church as the worship leader and student pastor since April of 2018.
Brian is joyfully married to his wife, Laura, and they have two daughters, Mabry and Maggie. The Dedmons live in Belle Chasse with their beloved dog, Tallulah Belle.
Brian's philosophy of ministry is "Discovering who we are in Christ together." He believes that the church serves as a support for those who are pursuing a personal relationship with Christ, providing encouragement for spiritual growth that starts at home and is strengthened by the church.
"After having served various churches as minister of music for 23 years, I am still growing into my administrative role at First Baptist Belle Chasse each day. My vision is to facilitate church members to work together toward common goals, which requires faith in God, sensitivity, integrity, timing, administrative skills, and resourcefulness. I am discovering that even good administration and wise management is as much an art with people as a skill-set with paper. With this responsibility, I desire to help our church fulfill her mission for Christ." -Richard Strahan
Lauren is a resident of Belle Chasse with her husband, Matthew, and two sons, Landynn and Grayson. She has worked in Elementary Education and childcare for over 10 years. Lauren stated that it is her dream to direct a preschool in which she can teach children about Jesus.
Lauren joined our staff as the director of our preschool in July of 2021.