• Lewis Richerson, Ph.D.

    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Lewis came to Woodlawn in May 2012. He previously served at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in various capacities from 2005-2012 where he also received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages (M.Div.) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Preaching (Ph.D.) degrees. Lewis begin his pastoral ministry in 1999, while a senior in high school, as an interim pastor in rural Rapids Parish, Louisiana. That experience, along with his other ministry experiences (he served churches in Louisiana and Texas) have given him a passion for people and the Word of God.  In addition to leading in the local church, Pastor Lewis has been instrumental in launching a ministry in India that includes an accredited Bible college and seminary, church planting efforts all over India, an orphan ministry, and pastor training.

    Pastor Lewis believes that the purpose of the local church is "to equip the saints for the work of ministry." This is why he is passionate about expository preaching and discipleship.  He is committed to the expositional preaching and teaching of God’s Word, and he generally works through a book of the Bible in his preaching series.

    He is married to Erica and together they have five children: Dalton, Carlie, Anna, David, and Ella.  His interests includes sports, politics, and reading.


  • Laramie Minga

    Music Pastor

    Laramie came to Woodlawn Baptist Church in March 2011. He previously served as Minister of Music and Youth at Bethel Baptist Church in Water Valley, MS for five years and as Worship Pastor at Colyell Baptist Church in Livingston, LA for three years. He studied music at Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice) at Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), as well as a Master of Music in Church Music (Conducting) from NOBTS. Currently, he is a PhD student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Laramie and his wife Angela met at the University of Mississippi. They have a precious daughter: Addison.

    Laramie has a strong passion for Word-driven and gospel-shaped worship in the church. In regards to music in worship, he says, “For some time now it has become common to see priority placed on styles and performance and not on rich theological substance that a gathering of believers is able to sing. Many of us (leaders of music in worship) have exchanged the worship of God for the entertainment of people. That is not to say that form is not important, but that it is secondary to the text and should be used as a tool in which to communicate that text. My ministry objective is to assist in the discipleship of the local church and to lead it in worship (not limited to music) that is fueled by the Word of God and centered around the gospel so that God would be glorified.”

    His interests include sports (especially baseball and golf), sushi, cooking, and music (of course).


  • Travis McNeely

    Student and college PAstor

    Travis joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church November 2017. Travis is husband to Jillian and father to two boys, Shiloh and Thaddeus.  Travis is passionate about engaging the secular culture with the gospel, as well as equipping fellow saints to understand and articulate the "whats" and "whys" of their faith, in order for the lost to be saved and discipled. His vocational ministry experience includes working at Christian youth camps, Christian schools, and now in the local church as the Student and College Pastor.

    Travis and Jillian are Floridians who both attended and graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute (where they met) and The College at Southwestern. Travis graduated with two Masters degrees in Spring 2018 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Theology and Christian Apologetics. 


  • Lyn Bailey

    Children's Minister

    Lyn joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church in September 2015. Lyn married her wonderful husband, Caleb, on March 20, 1999. They have 3 children, Mikayla, Tristan, and Landon. Lyn graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance. She and Caleb have been members of WBC since March 2002 and are excited to continue to serve the Lord faithfully with the staff of Woodlawn. Lyn desires to bring God glory through the children's ministry and make His name known to future generations.

    Their family enjoys spending time with extended family at LSU football tailgates/games, playing sports, and traveling.


  • Leigh Willis

    Ministry Assistant

    Leigh joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church in February of 2015. She and her husband, Edward and their daughter, Bridget, have been members of Woodlawn Baptist Church since 2002 where Edward served as Deacon and Leigh taught Sunday School and served in AWANA. They were married 31 years before Edward went home to be with the Lord. Leigh is retired from the State Division of Administration after 34 years of employment. Leigh and Bridget enjoy spending time with their family, going on mission trips, and sharing the love of Christ through life experiences.


  • Kendra Trahan

    Financial Secretary

    Kendra joined the staff at Woodlawn Baptist Church in July of 2016. She is married to Randy and together they have 2 beautiful daughters. They enjoy spending time together as a family, participating in the music ministry at Woodlawn, and are very active in their Sunday School class where Randy is the teacher.


  • Terri Davis

    Preschool Director

    Terri is a transplanted Texan from Big Lake, TX. She graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. She and her husband, Kenneth, have been married for 17 years. They have seven children: Hunter, Thomas, Logan, Presley, Ian, Colton, and Makinley. Terri enjoys baking, playing games with her children, and serving in the AWANA program at Woodlawn Baptist Church. She has a passion to show others God’s love and to serve Christ by serving others.



    Mom's Day Out Director

    Ruth has been involved with the Mom's Day Out ministry as a parent, substitute, teacher or director since the fall of 2003. She received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Louisiana College in 1994 and her Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University in 1995. She is married to Mark and they have 3 children, Hannah, Paul and Mary. Mark and she have been members at Woodlawn Baptist Church for 18 years.