Meet Our Staff

Bro. Brandon Foottit

Minister to Students

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

Director of Wee Care and Church Financial Secretary

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 30 years ago. She has four daughters and twelve grandchildren.

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