Pastor Search Team Updates

update 05/16/21

We're excited to announce that Istrouma members voted to affirm Pastor Tim Keith as our new senior pastor! Pastor Tim and his family will begin the process of moving to the Baton Rouge area and will join us for his first official Sunday on July 11. 


UPDATE 05/07/21

After much prayer and consideration, the Pastor Search Team is pleased to announce their candidate for the position of senior pastor. Tim Keith is a Louisiana native and has served at churches in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. He is a graduate of LSU-S and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tim and his wife, Kim, have three children:  Abigail, Gabby, and Jacob. 



UPDATE 03/18/21

Click here for a NEW update from the Pastor Search Team. And here for the previous update. Thank you for continuing to pray for the Pastor Search Team, the process, and the man (and family) that God has called as Istrouma's next Senior Pastor. Remember, you can receive weekly prayer updates by texting PRAY to (225) 425-7773.  


UPDATE 02/24/21

update 11/30/20

Please click here for an update from the Pastor Search Team. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact the team. 


Update 07/28/20

The Pastor Search Team would like your input on some key questions. Please take time to complete this survey and share your thoughts with the team. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, August 14.


UPDATE 07/06/20

Please click here to read a letter from the Pastor Search Team. Then text the word PRAY to (225) 425-7773 to join our prayer team. You'll receive guided prayer prompts via text message. 


update 06/24/20

The Pastor Search Team has developed a mission statement along with key team principles for finding the next pastor for Istrouma Baptist Church. This is provided below along with a set of frequently asked questions. The team is currently getting plans and structure in place for the search.

Find God’s pastor in His way in His time so Istrouma Baptist Church can glorify God by making disciples of all nations.

Unwavering prayer

Humble hearts
Seeking God’s face
In one accord


In general, how does Istrouma go about choosing the next pastor?
The church-affirmed nominating team (lay leaders) and transition team (combination of staff leadership and lay leaders) recommend a team for the congregation to approve as was completed in early June.  The search team will then begin the spiritual path with the Lord’s lead to find the man God has for Istrouma.  At some point, the search team will recommend a person to the congregation for approval.

How is a pastor search team formed?
The church-affirmed nominating team (lay leaders) and transition team (combination of staff leadership and lay leaders) recommend a team for the congregation to approve as was completed in early June. 

How long will it take?
The range for most churches is one to two years.  Past experience for Istrouma has been at the lower end of that range but God’s timing supersedes any estimates we make

What will it cost and do we have funds for it?
Costs for this vary depending on length of time required but monies are available within the current budget

Who makes the final decision on hiring a pastor?
The search team will recommend a person to the congregation who has the final authority on calling a new pastor.

How has the virus pandemic affected the search?
Formation of the pastor search team was delayed while details about the virus were handled.

How does someone contact the pastor search team with questions, suggestions, or recommendations?
Messages for the search team can be sent through email at or by calling the church office at (225) 295-0775.


UPDATE 06/02/20

Thank you for affirming the Nominating Team's choices for our Pastor Search Team. This team will now begin the important job of seeking God's direction for Istrouma's next senior pastor. Please join them by praying for each member and for our next pastor. To join our prayer team, text the word PRAY to (225) 425-7773.

We're excited to see what God has in store for Istrouma and who he will send to lead our church into our next 100 years. The best is yet to come! 


Pastor Search Team

The Pastor Search Team consists of the following members: 

Mike Ansell, Chairman
Melissa Bradley
George Bunch
Brandt Edwards
Paula Haley
Holly Hallum
Beka Spiers
Adam Tidwell
Jane Verret




Transition period 

During the transition period, as Istrouma seeks its next pastor, the Transition Team will meet regularly for general church leadership and will serve as shepherds for the church. The Transition Team consists of the three current Lead Team Pastors and four church members.

Lead Team Pastors 
Christian Anders
Micah Cating
Dwayne Pitre

Transition Team Members
Edwin Dale
David Frey
Chris Kelley
Warren Landry

Questions about the transition period or pastor search process? Email