Covenant Church is led by a plurality of pastor/elders who each operate within their individual gifting to give leadership to an area of focus within the church. These leaders operate as peers within the organizational structure embracing a horizontal or “out front” leadership model rather than a “top down” model. As such, Covenant does not have a singular “Senior Pastor” or “Lead Pastor,” but, instead, a pastoral team that leads and teaches.
This model is based on the New Testament example of eldership (Acts 14:23; 15:2; 20:17; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5; James 1:1; 5:14; 1 Peter 1:1; 5:1). These men were to look after the Church’s health, govern the Church’s direction, teach the Church sound doctrine, defend the Church against false teachers, encourage faithfulness among God’s people, and confront and gently deal with the presence of sin in the faith community. The qualifications for these men as laid out in Scripture are very clear and very demanding (1 Timothy 2:11-3:7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3). They are to be devout, prayerful, men of integrity who have known Christ for some time, are above reproach, sexually pure, self-controlled, able to teach and defend sound doctrine, free from the love of money, good managers of their own homes and families, hospitable, and having a good reputation with people outside the church.
Born in south Louisiana, Luke was raised in a ministry-focused family who were called to grow the local church across nearly a dozen cities in the south. From Luke’s earliest memories, his parents have been involved in every aspect of ministry, from starting new churches and leading congregations, to creating ministries focused on education and missions. Through this journey, his parents instilled in him a love of the local church, and after committing to follow Christ at a young age, Luke began to understand and seek the mission of God in high school.
Following his first year of college, Luke served in a youth internship position at Willow Point Baptist Church, where he met his wife Ashley. Since that time, he has served as a youth pastor in two different churches and after receiving his bachelor’s degree in History from Louisiana Tech University, he completed his Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern University with an emphasis in preaching and church planting. Luke is currently continuing his education in pursuit of a doctorate.In the summer of 2010, Luke and Ashley moved to Bossier City to start the Covenant Church, which had been a dream in their hearts for many years. Luke serves as the lead pastor, overseeing the preaching and the vision of Covenant. He says, “Our heart is for the Covenant Church to be as diverse as the city we have planted in, and to create an environment where people can be honest about their doubts and struggles. In doing life together, we hold fast to an ethos of reminding each other of the hope we have in the Gospel.”
Luke and Ashley have three kids, Claire, Ellie and Hudson, and are part of the Benton Missional Community.
Jason was born and raised in Shreveport and grew up attending Calvary Baptist Church. In 2000, Jason surrendered to the call to ministry, became an intern at his home church, and subsequently was a part of four church plants, including Stuttgart Harvest Church in Arkansas. Jason excels at establishing and growing family ministry, and served in connecting people to that ministry in each plant.
In the winter of 2010, Jason returned to Shreveport-Bossier and joined the Covenant Church team as the family pastor, overseeing spiritual formation and family ministry. He says, “My heart is to see parents invest in their children’s lives and to help their families grow into what God designed them to be.”
Jason met his wife Traci during the first year of the Covenant Church, and they now have three kids, Hayes, Connor and Hattie Jane. Their family is a part of the Bossier City Missional Community.