Leslie Akin


Leslie is the founding elder for Luke 10:27.  Along with her husband, Frank, she received her Masters of Divinity at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and  was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  After serving as the Louisiana Conference Council Director and the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Denham Springs,, she responded to a prompting from the Lord to begin a trans-denominational church, Luke 10:27.   Currently, she is working on her doctorate of ministry with Fuller Theological Seminary. Leslie and Frank’s oldest son, Rory, lives in Atlanta and has one son, Walker.  Their youngest son, Chris, is married to Kathryn Walker and they have three daughters, Olivia, Caroline and Elizabeth and one son, John Charles.  In her spare time she loves to read, swing,  and climb trees.


Frank Akin

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After almost 20 years as CEO of a family business, Frank was called into ordained ministry.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree from LSU in 1963 and his Masters of Divinity at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991.  Frank  was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church and has been serving as an Elder at Luke 10:27 since its inception. He enjoys golf and watching all sports.


Nancy Hill

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Nancy, along with her husband David, has been part of Luke 10:27 since its inception.  She takes delight in following God’s call no matter what that may  look like.  From leading Worship to taking out the trash she always strives to serve Him with JOY!  Nancy and David have lived in Denham Springs for over twenty-five years and raised two wonderful sons hereThis community is their home and they love living and serving here. In addition to serving as an Elder at Luke 10:27 Nancy had a career in State Government. As Senior Lab Technician for The Department of Transportation Soils and Aggregates Laboratory, for over thirty-five years, she helped keep the bridges of Louisiana safe for the traveling public.  Nancy retired in 2017.


Gary Chapman


Gary Chapman has a rich history of being an advocate for hurting people in a hurting world.  That is what makes him the ideal Elder to oversee the Missions of Luke 10:27.  Ordained as an Elder in 2006, Gary has been a part of Luke 10:27 since its inception in 2000.  Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Columbia, Mississippi and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gary met and married his sweetheart, Tara.  He has two married daughters, Misty and her husband, Jason Regan, and Heather and her husband, Kevin Acord,  and a son, Gary, III.  He is blessed with four grandchildren, Nannette and Annabelle Regan and Jackson and Cooper Acord.  Gary has been employed at ExxonMobil Chemical as Process Operator since 1999.


Michelle Lavergne


Michelle  lives in Denham Springs with her husband, Greg, and children, Siena & Joshua.  She loves the way Christ reveals himself through music, sacraments, and the ordinary.  Her desire is for people to know their worth in God’s eyes.  She was ordained at Luke 10:27 in 2008.  As owner of Leaps and Bounds Sports Center, she also ministers to the children and youth of Livingston Parish.


Jenn Bull


Jennifer lives in Lafayette with her husband, Geb and youngest daughter, Caroline. She is also the mother of Jordan and grandmother of John. A graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary, she serves as our Pastor of Spiritual Formation.


Beth Lawson

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Born and raised as a Wesleyan Christian in New Orleans, LA, Beth received a Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship from LSU in 2003 and a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2016. Along the way, God gifted her with two daughters to raise, Sydney and Gracie Belle. Beth’s primary calling as a follower of Jesus Christ is to learn, grow, and practice the presence of God. She currently serves the Luke 10:27 community with joy amongst the children and leadership of Psalm 37:3.


Lonnie Shupe


Lonnie lives in Denham Springs, LA with his wife, Shin, and their two daughters, Alleigh and Emma Catherine. Lonnie was raised in church by his mother, but began to experience a flourishing relationship with God when he began to attend Luke 10:27. He was ordained in 2016. Lonnie stays excited to see God manifesting His love and watching God work and move. He loves to laugh, share life, and share with people how much they are truly loved.


Miles Miller (Co-Chair)
Marcus Bridges, Jr. (Co-Chair)
Marsha Boutte
Ted Hanson
Cathy Henderson
Kent Lalumandier

Bryan Cowart



Becky Walding (Chair)
Tara Chapman
Tyann Gilbert
Buddy Johnson
Danielle McCants
Edna Watson
Bart Kennedy
Shin Shupe



Jenn Bull (Chair)
Shin Shupe
Greg Lavergne

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