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Lee Shipp

Lee Shipp

Senior Pastor

Lee Shipp is the founder and senior pastor of First New Testament Church. Called and compelled by his love for Jesus and the scriptures, for over twenty-five years, God has used him to teach and preach throughout the world, through conferences, camp meetings, and revivals.  Pastor Shipp is founder and President of “A Call to the Heart”; a ministry of evangelism and outreach through radio, T.V., literature, and national and international campaigns. Pastor Shipp has served on the board of Glory House Prison Ministries and the Board of Directors for The School of Christ International where he continues to be involved in world missions.


Lee was saved at the age of 5 and baptized in the Holy Ghost at 6. He was brought up in a wonderful Christian home. He married Carla McCoy in 1986. They have four children, Jordan, Ethan, Hadyn who are faithful to Jesus, and Susanne, who is in heaven with Jesus.


He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1987 after starting the church that previous year.

Carla Shipp

Carla Shipp

Carla Shipp gave her life to Jesus at a young age and had a desire to minister to the Lord and His body. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1986 where she met and married Lee Shipp. Just a few months later in September of that year, the Lord called them to start First New Testament Church. God has proved faithful over and over again.


They have four children, Jordan, Ethan, Hadyn who each love the Lord, and Susanne who is in heaven with Jesus. By the grace of God, Carla homeschooled their three children through high school.


God has given her a love for teaching and given her opportunities to teach the ladies Bible Studies at First New Testament. She also ministers as part of the worship team and is involved in the outreaches and mission trips.

Jeff  Lee

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee is a sinner saved by grace. Throughout his life he was in and out of church, professing to be a Christian, but never born again. Jeff dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and started working! He married Tammy Heckford in 1993 and they have two children, Duston and Aaron. In 1999 Jeff was invited to First New Testament Church where the Holy Spirit moved mightily on him and he was born again and baptized in the Holy Ghost! Since then The Lord has given him the gift of an Evangelist to bring the Gospel to his family, his own city and throughout the world.


In the last 14 years Jeff has been able, through First New Testament Church, to travel to over 23 different countries and on over 50 mission trips! Now God has, by His grace, used Jeff to bring his whole family (wife, children, mother, father, sister, and many others) to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In January 2015, Jeff was ordained in the ministry and has stepped out to serve in full-time evangelism.  He continues teaching the  College and Career Sunday School class, is active in prison ministry and local out reaches and ministering. Jeff still has many opportunities to travel to other parts of the world to bring the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Vickie Powers

Vickie Powers

Vickie Powers gave her life to Jesus as an adult in First New Testament Church back in March of 1994. She worked for the phone company for ten years before leaving to work for Glory House Ministries, where she worked as office manager.


She started the position here as secretary at First New Testament Church in August 2005. Since then she has had countless opportunities to serve the Lord by encouraging and serving His church.  She also has taught 2nd & 3rd grade Sunday School for 9 years. She considers it a huge blessing to be a part of this body of Christ.

Sylvia Murphy

Sylvia Murphy

 Sylvia Murphy was born and raised in Baton Rouge and has been an active part of First New Testament Church for many years. The Lord touched her heart and she accepted Christ over 30 years ago. She has been married for 26 years to Kevin Murphy and has two children, Kayla and Grant.


Under the leadership of Pastor Lee Shipp, Sylvia has been blessed to work with “A Call to the Heart Ministry” for over 10 years. Along with other forms of outreach such as radio, TV, and literature, this ministry mails out CD's and DVD's all over the world. Her desire is to continue to serve the Lord and to minister to those who are hungry for the truth of His Word through this ministry.

Pam Richard

Pam Richard

Pam Richard married Todd in 1986. Both Pam and Todd received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in January 1987.  A few months later they moved from Church Point, LA to Baton Rouge, LA. In September 1987, First New Testament Church became their home church and has been such an important part of their life. Pam and Todd are blessed with 3 adventurous boys, Michael, Colin, & Seth, and 1 precious daughter, Callie. By God’s grace, she has been able to homeschool all 4 children.


Pam has been bookkeeper for First New Testament Church for 26 years. She also taught Children’s Church for 12 years and VBS crafts for many years. Currently she teaches 4th grade Sunday School. Pam is thankful for the opportunities to serve the Lord through Ladies Bible Study and mission trips to Honduras and Peru. Pam is continually thankful for redemption through Jesus Christ.

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Jane Smith was miraculously saved and baptized in the Holy Ghost in 1985 while pursuing her Education Degree from Louisiana State University. Since that day, the Lord has so graciously allowed her to serve Him and the Body of Christ through many different avenues within the church. She has ministered through the Cooking Ministry, directed Vacation Bible Schools, taught Sunday school classes, organized community outreaches, traveled on several missions’ trips, and currently helps lead the Youth group and publishes the church newsletter.


She would say, however, that her greatest ministry opportunity has been to her husband, Billy, of 25 + years and their three children, Brandon, Rachel, and Rebekah.  She and Billy have had the privilege of home educating their children and have been blessed in watching them grow into strong, faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

Tracey Richard

Tracey Richard

Tracey Richard has been the nursery director at First New Testament Church since 1996. She has been married to Kenneth Richard for 31 years and they have 6 children and 3 grandchildren. She has lived in and gone to school in Baton Rouge for the majority of her life. Tracey gave her life completely over to Jesus and was born again at the age of 27. Since then, she has had a calling for children’s ministry. She began driving a school bus and ministering to children.


After volunteering in the nursery at First New Testament, the Lord called her to be the director. She has truly been blessed watching the children grow up since they were babies and are now young adults serving the Lord. Tracey and Kenneth are currently raising their last three children and homeschooling.

Brian  Cannon

Brian Cannon

 Brian Cannon is the head usher at First New Testament Church. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, he was invited to First New Testament Church in 1986 by his best friend and was saved that year at a family retreat. Brian served 5 years in the United States Air Force and returned home in March of 1995. He was married to his wife Shannon in November 1997 and now has two wonderful children Brady and Hailey. 


Brian has been serving as an usher for the past 10 years and has just recently taken on the position of head usher.  Brian’s desire is to serve the Lord and the body of Christ.  

Kim Nyguen

Kim Nyguen

Kim Nyguen came to the United States in 1975, after fleeing the Communist, first in South Viet Nam then in North Viet Nam. He and his pregnant wife escaped Viet Nam and after being denied entrance to many countries, his wife had their first child in the Philippines. They then moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania. They moved again in 1976 to Louisiana.


 He and his wife have 8 grown children and 6 grandchildren that they are very proud of.  He has worked as custodian at First New Testament Church since May 2006. Mr. Kim has a heart to help others and God has gifted him with abilities to care for the church buildings, property and the people.  He loves working at FNT and feels like this church is part of his family.


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