WHO WE ARE

West Bank Baptist Church is a church plant in the Marrero community of greater New Orleans. We are affiliated with the New Orleans Baptist Association, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Pillar Network, and the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention


We want to be part of God's great movement in the city to see people from every background experience new life in Jesus Christ. If you would like more information about the church or joining our efforts on the West Bank, call 504.478.2013 or email wearewestbank@gmail.com

Ryan melson

Ryan is an elder and lead pastor of preaching and teaching for West Bank Baptist Church. His wife, Michelle, daughter Erin, and son Walker moved to the Marrero community in July 2014. Ryan is a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he is completing his M.Div. in Christian Theology. He also serves as a substitute teacher in the Jefferson Parish school system.

Trent fleener

Trent is one of the elders for West Bank Baptist Church who serves as our discipleship leader. He and his wife Lorien have served in various roles at West Bank Baptist Church since its founding in 2014. He is currently pursuing his Th.M. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

John owens

John is an elder candidate for West Bank Baptist Church who serves as a missions and outreach leader. John is married to Hope and they have two daughters, Penelope and Esther. John has his M.A. in Missiology from Southwestern Theological Seminary. John has previously served in Central Asia and Hope has worked in North Africa with the International Mission Board.

Coale and alecia jordan

Coale and Alecia serve as our leaders for students and children. They are newly married March 2019. Coale is pursuing his M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry and Alecia is studying toward her M.A. in Missiology from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.