The University Team

Meet our Shepherds, Ministers, & Staff

Shepherds

Brad Bennett

Shepherd

Brad was born and raised in east Texas and moved to the Shreveport area in 2002. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and LSU Shreveport. Brad and Beth have been married since 2004 and have four children: Zach, Patrick, Ella, and Colton. Brad is the Area General Manager for Integrated Power Services in Shreveport.
The Bennetts have been members at University since 2018.

Dalton Gossett

Shepherd

Dalton is a native Texan, but he and wife Judy have lived in Shreveport since 1988. Dalton graduated from Texas A&M University. He taught biology at LSU Shreveport for over thirty years. He and his wife Judy married in 1964 and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Dalton retired as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at LSUS in 2017. He and Judy have been members at University since 1988.

Ike House

Shepherd

Ike is a native of Houston, Texas but has resided in the Shreveport area since 1966.  He and his wife, Robin, are both graduates of CE Byrd and LSU. Ike has been married to Robin since 1982 and have three children. He has been a family and cosmetic dentist for 30 years in the suburb of Haughton. Ike and Robin have been members at University since 2000. 

Leroy Thompson

Shepherd

Leroy was born and raised in Jamaica. He and his family moved to Shreveport in 2015. Leroy and Marcia have been married since 2006 and have three children, Ariel (Jamaica), Lejay, and Jaelan. Leroy works as Operations Support for Simplot Grower Solutions. Leroy and Marcia have been members at University since 2015.

JW Youngblood

Shepherd

Raised in Baker, Florida, JW moved to Shreveport/Bossier City area in 1981 to work for Halliburton where he retired in 2015. He has been a member at University since 1981. JW and his wife Nancy have been married since1982. Together, they have two children: Curt, married to Brianne, and Megan  married to Frank Bolling. JW and Nancy have four grandsons.

Ministers

Jerry Hodge

Pulpit Minister

Jerry is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. He has been married to his wife, Lori since 1988. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. Jerry and Lori have 3 children: Hailey and her husband Clark Carlisle, Heather and her husband Alex Carlisle, and Caleb.  Clark and Alex are not related. Jerry also has two grandchildren, Case and Sophie. Jerry and his family have been members of University since 1994. 

Stuart Freeman

Associate Minister

Stuart is originally from Midland, Texas. He has been married to his wife, Jelisa since 1985. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. Stuart and Jelisa have 2 children: Aubrey, married to Nick Scallorn, and Trevor. He also has one grandson, Carter. Stuart and his family have been members of University since 1996. 

Brian Petree

Youth Minister

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Brian has been all over the South, including a five-year stint in West Monroe. He met his wife, Emilee, at Harding University and they were married in 2014. Their daughter, Andee, was born in September 2021. Brian graduated in 2013 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Other than golf or Tennessee football, Brian's true passion is creating deep relationships and growing them through Christ. 

Emilee Petree

Children's Director

Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Emilee graduated from Harding University in 2013. She moved to Shreveport when her husband, Brian, became the Youth Minister. She and Brian have a daughter, Andee, who was born in September 2021. She was named the interim Children’s Program Director in April 2018 and became University’s full-time Children’s Director in August 2018. Emilee loves working with children of all ages.

Staff

Marnita Ware

Financial Administrator

Ashley Dillard

Communications Administrator

Sharron Fullerton

Bob Mosley Jr.

Administrative Assistant
Facilities Manager