SECTION leaders

  • Ricky Shane Barksdale //  section 1

    Ricky Shane and Laikyn Barksdale serve as Volunteer Pastor at Little River. They are extremely honored to serve the great Louisiana District as Section One Youth Director. They met on the campgrounds through SALT and a Louisiana youth mission trip to Loveland, CO. They are passionate about connecting God's people to the Church and helping them be empowered to reach their families and friends.

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  • brendan hannington // Section 2

    Brendan and Lizzie Hannington love Jesus and are passionate about sharing His love with others. They serve as the Section 2 youth leaders and the youth pastors of LifePoint Church in Prairieville, LA.

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  • Byron hypolite // section 3

    Byron and Lashona Hypolite are both lifelong residents of south Louisiana. Both have a deep & fiery passion for the Lord and for souls for whom he died. 

    After having a drastic out of body experience & vision of the next world, Byron cold turkey left a hip hop career that he invested much into in order to follow the Lord. 


    As God called them to plant the church, Lashona sought the Lord for direction and gave up a career in nursing to assist & follow her husband. She has been and is such a blessing to him in far too many ways to count.

    Today they are blessed to experience the joy and beauty of their two wonderful children.

    And blessed to serve the people of Disciples Of Christ Jesus St. Martinville! And all who the Lord places in their path!

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  • lance stockman // section 4

    Lance Stockman serves as the Section 4 Youth Director, as well as being a full-time evangelist, from Lake Charles, LA. He is licensed with the United Pentecostal Church International. Lance attended Gateway College of Evangelism, now known as Urshan Bible College, in Missouri. He is married to his wife, Brooke, whom he met at Because of the Times, in Alexandria, LA. They are passionate about reaching the lost and leading this generation to God.

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  • ryan kelley// section 5

    Ryan and his wife, Sally, currently serve as Student Pastors over Connect Student Ministries in Oakdale, LA. Ryan received his bachelor's degree in Public Relations at McNeese State University, and Sally graduated McNeese State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also is currently teaching Second Grade Reading at Kinder Elementary. Both Ryan and Sally have been involved in student ministry in various capacities for a number of years and also serve the Louisiana District Youth Committee as Section 5 Youth Directors. They have two beautiful daughters, Norah Grace and Lana Kate. Ryan and Sally proudly serve the community of Oakdale and the First Pentecostal Church. 

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  • ricky wead // section 6

    Brittany and I have been married for 12 years. After we married, we continued attending youth events and began serving as chaperones and helping with whatever was needed. We eventually served as youth leader at Burr Ferry Pentecostal Church for 2 years. We were then called to be assistants to Pastor Jeff Phillips and the Shady Grove Pentecostal Church since November 2015. We have 3 children, Darrick, DaLanie, and Draike. They love to attend church and also love working at the church. My family and I look forward to serving the youth of section 6.

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  • mason briggs // section 7

    Mason has served in various ministry roles since I was 18 years old where I met my beautiful, talented, and anointed wife Kimberly, a Florida native. We both served on the youth leadership team under the direction of Pastor David Elms at Cathedral of Pentecost in Davie Florida. We lead a children’s ministry called JOY church in Florida’s well. In 2013 we moved home to Louisiana and began to serve at my home church Bentley UPC. In 2015 we launched the Hyphen ministry at Bentley and became Youth Pastors in 2018. We are excited and honored to serve the youth of Section 7 and cannot wait to see what God does in the lives of the Louisiana District youth! 

    We have two beautiful children, Liam is six and our daughter Lennox is four. They are our pride and joy!

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  • Tiffany Lora // SECTION 8

    In March of 2019, Tiffany Lora was elected as Section 8 Youth Director. Fueled by a passion for children and youth, Tiffany has served as Sunday School teacher, Small Group leader, and currently serves as Youth Pastor at Hornbeck United Pentecostal Church. Tiffany graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, and magna cum laude from Northwestern State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing. As a Sectional Youth Director, Tiffany desires to encourage students to invest the time and energy necessary to develop a daily walk with God. By learning to hear His voice and following the leading of His Spirit, Tiffany’s end goal is to prepare today’s students to uncompromisingly carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the generations of tomorrow.

  • devin bryan // section 9

    Devin and Kristan Bryan met on the Louisiana Campgrounds, at senior camp, and now serve together as Student Pastors of the Pentecostals of the Miss-Lou, in Ferriday, La. along with their little girl, Adrienne. They are passionate about teaching this generation about Jesus, and expect great things for LDYM! 

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  • dillon kinman // section 10

    Dillon is deeply honored and excited to serve as the Section 10 Youth Director. Currently, he serves as the High School Pastor at the Pentecostals of the Twin Cities in West Monroe, LA and loves every second of it. His heart beats for young people! Dillon graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Masters in Public Administration. He is the author of a book entitled, "Beauty in the Breaking." He prays its words and proceeds will help change lives in the community and around the world. As a Sectional Director, his goal is to spread the Word of God to every young person in Northeast Louisiana and encourage the students of Section 10 to unite and reach their God-ordained destiny.

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  • Ben Austin // Section 11

    Ben and Hannah Austin are originally from south Louisiana but moved to Shreveport in 2013. They have served as the student pastors at King's Temple UPC since that time along with their 3 kids: Sawyer, Bentley, and Ella.  

    They are excited about what God is doing in Section 11 and look forward to greater things in the years to come.

  • wesley thompson // section 12

    Wesley and his wife, Ashley, both attend First Pentecostal Church of Slidell where they have served as the youth pastors for the last 6 years with a continued passion for young people. They have been married for 5 years. Wesley has attended FPC of Slidell for the last 15 years under the leadership of Pastor Donald Bryan. They are both excited to serve their 3rd year as the Section 12 youth director in the great state of Louisiana. 

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