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Who We Are

Our Team


Elder: Lead Pastor

Ryan Melson

Ryan and his family moved from north Alabama in July 2014 to start West Bank Baptist Church. He has been actively involved in ministry for nearly ten years and is currently a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ryan has served on mission teams in the Middle East and South America. He is an active chaplain with the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office and ministers in the prison system. He has been married to Michelle for 20 years and has two children, Erin and Walker.


Elder: Community Missions and Discipleship

Trent Fleener

Trent serves as an elder and directs our Community Missions and Discipleship ministry. Prior to coming to New Orleans Trent served as a missionary through the North American Mission Board at Eastern Kentucky University and Lorien served as a Journeyman with the International Mission Board. Trent is studying Missions and his wife Lorien is working toward a Ph.D. in Counseling at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. After their time in seminary they hope to work with refugees in South Asia.


Worship and Welcome

Blake and Hilary Barnett

Blake and Hilary serve as worship leaders at West Bank Baptist Church. They have a 3 year old son, Jayden, and have been active in leadership roles over the last few years at churches in Alabama and the local community. Hilary was an integral part of the Shoals Sav-A-Life ministry where she worked closely mentoring and sharing Christ with pregnant women at various stages in their life.


Children's Leader

Allison Beland

Allison serves to coordinate and work with our Krewe de Kids ministry. She is currently a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has taught in public schools with both gifted and special needs children.


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