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Thomas is a native of Nashville, TN but has called New Orleans home for over 30 years.  He has been the Senior Pastor at Metairie Baptist since 2005 (and previously served as interim at MBC prior to that time).  Thomas also serves at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as the Vice President of Spiritual Formation and Student Life and a Professor of New Testament/Greek.  He has been on faculty at NOBTS for 26 years.  He received his BA degree from Union University and his MDiv & Ph.D. from NOBTS.  Thomas is married to Jana, who is active in the preschool ministry at Metairie Baptist.  They have two grown children both of whom are married, one living in New Orleans and the other living in Baton Rouge. Thomas and Jana love spending time with their grandchildren Audrey and Brooks!



Thomas Strong

Senior Pastor


Patrick has served on staff at Metairie since 2015 but has been an active part of the church since 2013. He holds a BA degree from the University of Mobile and a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Evangelism. Patrick is a native of Satsuma, AL, and is married to his wife Leah. They have two boys named Gideon and Elliot.


Patrick Weaver

Associate Pastor


Carol has served at Metairie Baptist Church since 2011.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  She is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Carol has served with the North American Mission Board in Miami, Florida as well as with the International Mission Board in Central Asia.  She has also worked for State Farm Insurance and has led music in three previous churches. She is married to Errol, a native of New Orleans, and loves to spend time with her three grandchildren.


Carol Wilken

Music and Administration


Dale has served at Metairie Baptist Church since 2016, but has been an active part of the church since 2013. Dale is a graduate of the University of Mobile, and received a Master of Divinity in Evangelistic Church Growth at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dale married his wife Amy in June of 2018. Dale has been on mission trips to Atlanta, Houston, Honduras, Haiti, and Brazil. 


Dale Garvin

Evangelism and Outreach

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