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Dr. Thomas Strong  

Dr. Thomas Strong, Pastor


I am originally from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, just a few miles east of Nashville. After graduating from high school, I attended Union University where I received a BA degree in religion/Greek and sociology. God led me to spend a year in Detroit after graduating from college where I served as a Baptist Student Union director at Wayne State University. After that time, God brought me to New Orleans where I began my studies towards the completion of the Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies and PhD in New Testament/Greek. Many people have impacted my spiritual formation from my Mom and Dad, to my Youth Minister when I was in high school, to the BSU Director at Union, to a Greek professor at Union, to Dr. Jerry Breazeale (my predecessor over the undergraduate program and a man who set an example in life and in teaching for me) – and for all of these I am grateful to God.

God has given me many wonderful gifts in my life, but my greatest gift (besides my salvation of course) is my family. Jana and I have been married over 26 years and spent our entire married life in the New Orleans’ area (except for the Katrina year). We have made this area our home and have fallen in love with the culture of the city and the people who are here. Jana and I met in college and were best friends for several years without realizing that God was laying the foundation for our marriage! We have two wonderful children: Kathryn and Nathan. They are without question the pride of their parents! They have given us much including the joy of watching your children mature into the adults that you pray they become. Both are attached to LSU – one as a graduate and now a grad student, and one beginning the journey at LSU.

Currently, I have two opportunities for ministry. I serve at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as the Dean of Leavell College and Professor of New Testament/Greek where I have been on faculty since 1993. I enjoy both the opportunity for teaching and for providing some direction as an administrator. In 2005 I began to sense that God was about to do a new work in my life as regards ministry – and He did. After serving first as interim, I now have the opportunity to minister as the Senior Pastor at Metairie Baptist. I find preaching to be challenging and rewarding – challenging as I strive to make certain that the sermons reflect the honest truth found in the Scripture and rewarding as one realizes that God has given me such a tremendous and privileged opportunity to minister for Him.

My favorite verse since high school is: “He must increase but I must decrease.” (Jn 3:30) Without question that is my goal. I desire for Christ to be honored in all I do and for him to be magnified in this world.

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Matt Knight  

Rev. Mitch Mares, Associate Pastor / Minister of Education


No doubt, I have been blessed. Just wait until you meet my wife, Traci, and our three children: Levi, Max, and Macie. Above that, I was saved when I was eighteen. Prior to that, I was just a good ole’ “lost” boy. I was born in Columbus, GA, and I made a lot of memories having spent a considerable amount of time living, loving, and playing from Cherokee, NC, to Panama City Beach, FL. The turning point for me came on Sunday, August 23, 1992. Having graduated from Columbus High School in June and thinking that I had it all together, I literally hit the ground head first at about 70 miles an hour. In an instant, I went from being able to do anything I wanted, to not being able to do anything at all. Unfortunately, I had to come to such an abrupt end of myself before I would look up to the Lord of Life, Christ Jesus. It is my prayer for those who are like I was, that they will choose to humble themselves and call on Jesus to be saved rather than need to be humbled. If you will humble yourself and call out to Jesus, He will exalt you. But if you insist on exalting yourself, you will be humbled!

In October of ’95, I sensed a call to a life of full-time ministry. In May ’98, I graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a Bachelor’s in Youth Ministry and minors in Bible and International Missions. After serving as the Youth Pastor at Highland Community Church and taking several international mission trips, I sensed the Lord leading me to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to pursue an M.Div. I didn’t realize he was leading me to my future wife, family, and ministry. Traci and I were married in the summer of ’02, and have served four churches in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. We have been very active in community and international ministries. In February of 2012, I joined the staff here at Metairie Baptist Church to serve as the Associate Pastor. I recently graduated from NOBTS with a M.Div. (specialization in missions.) I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree. My family and I are excited to be at such a loving and lively church as Metairie Baptist Church, and we look forward to what the Lord has in store for His church. To God be all the glory!


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Carol Wilken  

Carol Wilken, Minister of Music


I was raised in St Louis, Missouri, and attended Oklahoma Baptist University where I earned a BBA in Management with a minor in music. I have worked with State Farm Insurance in claims as well as the North American Mission Board as a church planter and the International Mission Board as a strategy coordinator developing strategies to reach people with the gospel. I have also worked for about 9 years as a part-time Minister of Music. My life's passion is serving in missions and in helping others to find and grow in a personal relationship with Christ. I moved to New Orleans in 2001 to pursue a Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Missions from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduation I found and married my wonderful life's partner, Errol, and I inherited an amazing stepson and daughter-in-law and now have two adorable grandchildren! I love spending time with them and reading in my spare time. The name Carol means "song of joy" and it is my desire to be that song in a hurting world and to help others draw closer to God through worship. Jeremiah 33:9 "And it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth...."

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