Derek has served as Minister of Counseling at Broadmoor Baptist Church, directing the Thomas C. Pennell Christian Counseling Center since June 2009. He is an ordained minister and Licensed Professional Counselor. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Derek has a Master of Divinity with Specialization in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as an adjunct professor in Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Prior to joining the staff at Broadmoor Baptist Church, Derek worked as a Mental Health Therapist and Director of Employee Assistance Programs at Region 8 Mental Health in Brandon, MS. He also worked as a contract therapist for Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, MS.
Derek accepted a call to full-time ministry in 2001. Since then he has served as Interim College & Singles Pastor at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Jackson, MS and Pastoral Intern at FBC Gulfport, MS.
Before surrendering to full-time ministry, Derek worked as an Accounting Manager and Senior Accountant for Coca-Cola Enterprises in Memphis, TN and Jackson, MS. He also worked as a Staff Accountant and Senior Accountant for BDO Seidman, LLP in Memphis, TN. Derek holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi College.
Russell has worked in the “helping professions” since 1984, serving in a variety of roles and settings, including residential treatment, group homes, outpatient substance abuse / mental health, and administrative positions overseeing services on a regional and statewide basis. He has maintained a private practice since 2008 and is licensed in Louisiana as a Professional Counselor and Supervisor to Counselor Interns. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University.
Russell has participated in and provided training to parents, counselors, social workers, and physicians, over the years on a wide range of topics (parent training, crisis intervention, incident management, cognitive behavior therapy, brief strategic family therapy, AACC curriculum Growing Kids and Caring for People God’s Way, etc.) and embraces the concept of lifelong learning.
Erin grew up in Shreveport attending Broadmoor Baptist Church. She went to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then attended Stephen F. Austin State University to receive her Master of Social Work. Erin worked as a Generation Send Intern for the North American Mission Board serving in Chicago in 2016, and she worked as a Children’s Ministry Intern for Broadmoor Baptist Church in 2017.
Erin is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and she is currently receiving supervision in working toward her LCSW license. She has received trainings in EMDR, TBRI, art therapy and play therapy. Erin works with children, adolescents, and women.
Emily grew up in Shreveport attending Emmanuel Baptist Church. She went to Louisiana Tech, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies and her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Emily worked as a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor on the children’s unit at Brentwood Hospital in 2018 before transitioning to Volunteers of America to counsel children in the school setting from 2019-2021.
Emily is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor and is receiving supervision in working toward her LPC license. She has received trainings in EMDR, TBRI, art therapy and play therapy. Emily works with children, adolescents, and women.
Liz Light is a lifelong resident of Shreveport and is a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church. A former elementary school teacher for 17 years, she now enjoys working as the ministry assistant for the counselors.