Brian Crain

Brian is the Lead Pastor of Progression Church. He is married to his best friend, Hannah Crain who is a pharmacist at Baton Rouge General. He received a Bachelor’s degree from ULM in Kinesiology and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian served in student ministry for five years in Louisiana, pastored FBC Kopperl in Kopperl, Texas for three and a half years, and currently travels as an itinerant preacher when his schedule allows. His preaching style is engaging, practical, gospel-centered, and easy to understand.   

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Joe Handy

Joe serves as teaching pastor of Progression Church. He and his wife Jessica, an RN at Our Lady of the Lake, are busy raising their daughter, Evangeline ("Vanny") and son Abram. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Theological Studies at Southwestern Theological Seminary. Joe has a passion for God’s Word and loves helping others understand and apply it to their lives through simple and practical teaching.

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Joe Ashley

Joe serves as the pastor of children and family ministries for Progression Church. He has been working in ministry since 2002 with churches in Calhoun and Ruston, LA, as well as Kopperl, TX. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. Joe is well prepared for his role in the church, as he and his wife Jaimi have four little boys: Titus, Gideon, Silas, and Judah.

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Ryan Andress

Ryan makes up the other half of Progression Church's worship team. He has served as a worship leader for the better part of the last decade, and he continues to learn and grow both as a musician and as a pastor. Ryan also works as a Registered Nurse. He and his wife Aryel enjoy spending time exploring the city, and serving together.

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Jacob Watts


Jacob serves as College Pastor at Progression Church. Jacob also works as a Civil Engineer. He enjoys serving with and spending time with his lovely wife, Emily.

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