Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Dr. Brad Simon

Senior Pastor

I grew up in Atlanta, GA, and when I was a Junior in high school, my best friend invited me to attend a weekly Bible study. Now, to be completely honest, the only reason I agreed to go was because a lot of girls also attended. Even so, over the next several months, I became convinced that God was real, desired a relationship with me, and made this relationship possible by sending His son to die on a cross so that His death could be payment for my sin.
Within six months of being saved, I began to sense God calling me to switch from Electrical Engineering to ministry, and by my Junior year at The Georgia Institute of Technology, I knew God wanted me to serve in full-time ministry. So after Ga. Tech, I obtained a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, IL and a Ph.D. in New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Divinity school in Louisville, KY.
 
Kelly and I met during college, and I knew she was the find of a lifetime. We were married during my time at Trinity, and, since then, I have found that she is a wonderful ministry partner, a pastor’s wife at heart, and loves serving in areas involving discipleship, mentoring women, women’s ministries, outreach, visitation, and serving as a greeter. We have three children: Andrew, Jonathan, and Brianna.
 
Over the years, I have enjoyed various ministry positions including church planter with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board, Youth Pastor, Discipleship Pastor, Singles & Education Pastor, and Senior Pastor.

Bobby LeCompte

Associate Pastor

Bobby was born and raised  in the Houma/Thibodaux area.  He gave his life to Christ in 1996 and has been serving in various ministries (especially music and student ministries) ever since.  After many years of volunteering in church ministry, Bobby submitted to  the call  of God to become a pastor, and he was ordained in 2016.

One of Bobby’s favorite Bible verses is Psalm 71:23 that states, “My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.”  Bobby takes joy in singing God’s music!  His mission is to help his church family find their joy in worshiping God not just on Sunday mornings, but every day as well.  And his hope for youth ministry is that all students who plug in to the youth program will learn that no matter what age we are, we all have a role as Christians to fulfill the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:16-20.

Mary Dowden

Children's Minister

Mary Dowden has been a member of Mulberry Baptist Church since moving to Houma in 1992. Mary grew up in Slidell, LA where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Justin Dowden, in 1985. Mary is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.S. Geology, 1985). She and Justin have four children – Logan, married to Chelsea; Julia, married to Patrick Mims; Jessica, and Cameron – and one grandchild.
 
Mary has spent many years actively pursuing a closer relationship with God and intentionally seeking to understand His plan for her life. It has been an extraordinary experience to see God at work in her life and directing her path. God has gifted both Mary and Justin with a great love and concern for children of all ages, and they often comment on the “love at first sight” effect that children have on them. Because of that love, Mary has served in Children’s Ministry at Mulberry Baptist Church in various ways since 1993, through VBS (Nursery, Preschool teacher, Grade School teacher, and Director), preschool choir, preschool and children’s Sunday School, TeamKID, and Awana. Each of these experiences has helped her to grow as a Christian, and has helped to prepare her for her position as Children’s minister, in which she has served since 2007.

Angel Daigle

Administrative Assistant

Angel Daigle is from Luling, LA. She became a member of Mulberry Baptist Church, with her husband, Jeff, and her two sons in 2008 and resides in Raceland, LA. She is a 2003 graduate of Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management. Angel also works as a regular volunteer at Mulberry Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher as well as a leader in the Awana program.  Angel is also a volunteer with Free NOLA, and organization that aids in finding missing children who are at strong risk of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Greater New Orleans area. Her goal is to share her faith with others so that they too will know the love of Christ in their life. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends.

Theresa Knight

Preschool & Children's Day Out Director

Theresa grew up in Morgan City, Louisiana.  She attended a very small country Baptist Church where she gave her life to Christ at age 12.  She was always a volunteer in Sunday School and sang in the choir.  She met her husband, Lloyd, who is from Houma, LA, where they still reside.  They have two sons, Jamie (married to Susie) and Kim (married to Lori), and four grandchildren:  Scott, Ross, Amber and Kayla.  She retired from the Terrebonne Parish School System after 25+ years where she worked with preschool and taught children with dyslexia.  Theresa and Lloyd became members of Mulberry Church in 2017.  She became involved with the Children’s Day Out program and soon after asked to serve as the Preschool Director.  She feels her love of children has now come full circle; not only through teaching children but being able to share God’s word and His love with them, which helps her also grow as a Christian.