Our Leadership

At Lakeshore Church everyone is either volunteer or co-vocational. We have a plurality of elders, in our leadership structure that shares leadership and ministry. Currently, your generous support is used to provide residency scholarships, community ministry, outreach, facilities maintenance and renovation. Lakeshore Church has the long range vision to be a self-sustaining and self-propagating church in five to seven years. New Orleans is historically a very difficult city to plant a church, your partnership can make the difference in the journey of seeing a church thrive in one of the most unreached and unchurched cities in America. 

Bo Smith


evangelism and shepherding pastor 

Bo Smith is a NAMB Church Planter who recently moved to NOLA from Atlanta, GA for his wife, Katie, to attend dental school. Bo’s ministry in Atlanta focused on reaching urban communities by sharing the gospel through relationships and starting community groups. He is excited to take what he learned and adapt it to the Lakeshore Community. 


George Ross


EQUIPping and Shepherding Pastor

Before moving to New Orleans, George was privileged to plant and pastor a multiplying church for nine years.  During this time he experienced first hand what God can do when we are willing to advance His Kingdom through planting churches, making disciples, and sending out missionaries. George and Joy were married in 2001 and have six children. They have lived in New Orleans since 2013 and call the City That Care Forgot their home and mission field. George serves as the NAMB SEND Missionary for the North American Mission Board. You can find out more about George and Joy and their ministry at georgeross.net.


Noah Madden


Discipleship and Shepherding Pastor

Noah Madden grew up in Canada while his family served as NAMB missionaries. It was at this time that God captivated his heart for church planting and missions. He and his wife, Tarin, moved to New Orleans to study at NOBTS and have served at Lakeshore since 2017. They are excited to be preparing to be sent from Lakeshore to plant a church in Boston in 2020 and are passionate about reaching the lost and making disciples.


Joshua Durnell



Josh Durnell serves as Worship Leader at Lakeshore Church. He comes to us with his wife Stephanie from Ashland Church in Richmond, Kentucky. Josh has lived all over the states, from Colorado to Kentucky to New York City, and has come to New Orleans to plant roots and see seeds of the Gospel planted in the hearts of Lakeshore Church and the surrounding community. He and Stephanie are blessed with two children: Jordanne and Judah.

Stephanie Durnell


Children's Ministry director

Stephanie serves as the Children's Ministry Director at Lakeshore Church. She loves all things children, and contends faithfully for the hearts of our students. She is born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky, attended Eastern Kentucky University, and has spent time working in underserved communities in Baltimore and New York City. She loves urban ministry, having traveled to cities all over the world, and is ecstatic about ministering to people who have never heard of Jesus Christ in New Orleans.


Brian Morales



After serving 10 years as a youth pastor, the Lord opened a door to plant a church in New Orleans and currently pastors the Lakeshore Español community. Before this, he was trained in a residency program for five months through RED 1:8 Church Planting Network. Brian Morales is married to Joan Daly, and they are blessed to have two children: Briana and Evan. They are from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. The Lord led them to minister in the New Orleans area to reach Spanish-speaking communities in the city with the gospel. They understand the need among Hispanics, and they love and serve this community with joy and compassion.


Justin Sawyer


Student Ministry Leader

Justin Sawyer serves as our Youth Director. Justin and His wife, Jennifer, moved to New Orleans for her to finish her Masters Degree. Since being in New Orleans Justin has continued to follow the Lord’s calling on His life in ministry for Full-Time Evangelism. He is attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serving at Lakeshore Church. Justin grew up and served in a great youth ministry where the Lord gave him a passion to serve students and see them come to faith in Jesus. Justin looks to continue to serve with us here at Lakeshore Church.


Abbey Caudell


Mission Team and Volunteer Leader

After serving New Orleans through NAMB’s internship GenSend in 2016, Abbey fell in love with the city and moved from her hometown of Frankfort, KY in August of 2018. She is a teacher here in the Crescent City and serves as a NAMB church planting team member focusing on missions and volunteering. Abbey is passionate about missions and sharing the love of Jesus with those around her, especially here in New Orleans.