J.B. and his wife Stephanie have joined the St. Roch community from Memphis, TN where J.B. served as the youth & young adult pastor at New Beginnings Community Church while completing his studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Stephanie was a middle school math teacher in the Memphis public school system and now is now math teacher at a local public school. They have three children Bryant, Sydney and Langston.
Gentri Williams, Elder
Gentri has been a part of St. Roch Community Church since its beginning. Kayti moved down to New Orleans in 2010. They first met at St. Roch Community Church in 2010. Gentri is a Ruling Elder of the church and also works as a Lab Chemist. After 5 years of working for the church, Kayti has now opened up a business in the St. Roch Market. They have one daughter
Aaron and Kristen Collier have lived in the neighborhood since 2005 and are part of the core visionary group of families that God is using to launch St. Roch Community Church. After having both served with Desire Street Ministries for several years, Aaron now teaches art at Tulane University and Kristen is our Development Assistant. They have two sons.
Ben McLeish, Deacon
Ben and his wife Stephanie have lived in the neighborhood since 2001 and spent many years serving with Desire Street Ministries. Stephanie is now a stay-at-home mom for Silas, Ila, Micah and Levi. The McLeish’s are part of the core visionary group of families that God is using to establish His church in St. Roch. Ben also serves as the Executive Director for St. Roch CDC.
Nika Carter, Youth Activities Coordinator
Nika was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana along with four other siblings. She has been attending St. Roch Community Church for as long as it existed. She started working at St. Roch as a volunteer for the youth programs in 2009 because she wanted to see a change in the upcoming generation. She envisions kids being raised up as indigenous leaders from within our community just like she was, where relationships are built and people are loving as Christ loves us. She is now on staff at St.Roch Community Church as the Youth Activities Coordinator. She also has a beautiful daughter, Troi’lea whom she raises while attending college.