Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Dr. Paul Naylor





Paul was born and raised in Macomb, Illinois. He began his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as a child and was baptized as a teenager. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and worked as a Mechanical Engineer in Northwest Arkansas for five years. In 1995, Paul married his wife, Kendra. He was called to pastoral ministry and began attending seminary in 1998.  Paul began serving the Lord as an Associate and Youth Pastor while attending seminary and graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina with a Master of Divinity Degree with Biblical Languages in 2000. Paul and Kendra have been blessed with two children. Samuel was born in 2001 and Christen was born in 2003. Paul pastored churches in Arkansas and Florida before coming to the First Baptist Church in LaPlace, Louisiana in May of 2010. Paul earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

Paul has a love for Jesus and a desire to see others come to know Him as Lord. His ministry is focused on the preaching and teaching of the word of God and pastoral ministry to his church and community. Paul’s wife, Kendra, invests in their family as she homeschools Samuel and Christen and helps make their home a wonderful place to be. Samuel and Christen are gifted in music and use their gifts to glorify the Lord. Paul enjoys time with his family and has an interest in cars. He follows Major League Baseball and has been a Los Angeles Dodgers fan since he was four. He also enjoys college and professional football.  








Bro. Brandon Foottit                                                                                                                                                        






Brandon Foottit was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. He was raised in church, but was saved at the age of 19. God has called and put a desire in his heart to serve students in ministry by loving, teaching and investing in their spiritual maturity.

Prior to joining First Baptist Church LaPlace, he served as a middle school teacher in New Orleans and youth minister for several years back in Tampa, where he met his wife, Emily. They married August of 2012 and moved to New Orleans in August of 2013. Emily holds a Master of Divinity in Christian Counseling from NOBTS and Brandon, a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership and Management from Liberty University. He is pursuing his Master of Divinity with a specialization in Evangelistic Church growth at NOBTS. His goal is to serve the local church by mobilizing believers and students for the mission of God. He is full of energy and excitement, has a heart for the lost, and has a love for discipleship and evangelism. Although Brandon and Emily are from Tampa, FL, and are fans of the Sunshine State, they love the city of New Orleans and are WHO DAT Saints fans as well. They have 2 boys, Caleb (3) and Mason (1), who have been born and raised in this city they now call home.





Willene Hobdy


Willene Hobdy has served FBC LaPlace as Secretary since 2003, and in 2006 she also became Director of the church's Wee Care program. Her passions in ministry include getting to know the families involved in the Wee Care program and playing a support role to the church staff. A native of Arab, Alabama, Willene moved to LaPlace over 20 years ago. She has four daughters and eight grandchildren.









Jamie Andry







Mrs. Jamie Andry was a WeeCare teacher for two years prior to becoming the Church Secretary in 2011. Jamie is married to Tim, who works at Entergy. They have a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Alaina.