Derek began working as the Minister of Counseling at Broadmoor Baptist Church, directing the Thomas C. Pennell Christian Counseling Center in June 2009. He is an ordained minister and Licensed Professional Counselor, currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling 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” for the past 31 years, 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 for the past 8 years 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.

    Russell has been a Christian since the age of 13 and has never been without a church home here in Shreveport. Having grown up under the spiritual leadership of such pastors as W.D. “Step” Martin, Billy Crosby, and Wayne Dubose, his faith is grounded in strong conservative, biblical values. He and his family, wife Kathy, daughter Sarah-Katherine, sons Christian and Cameron attend and are actively involved in Broadmoor Baptist Church worship, youth activities and adult B-group.


    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, and play therapy. Erin will be working with children, adolescents, and women at the TCPCCC.


    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.