Dr. David Crosby
Nine juvenile offenders listened intently recently as I told them that they could “see the kingdom” if they were born again.
They had lots of guesses about what “see the kingdom” meant—heaven, going to church, Jesus, etc. Most of the guesses had to do with religious activities or the afterlife.
I believe that we can see the kingdom of God in the here and now only through being born again. I believe that when we see the kingdom of God in our own time and place we are seeing the world as it truly is. God is at work all around us, and we can see that divine work once we have been born again through his Spirit.
We participate in the kingdom by proclaiming the good news of God’s love and forgiveness and by expressing God’s love through good works. Words and deeds go together to present the truth of Christ. Jesus was mighty in word and deed, and we want to be mighty in both as well.
Our church is oriented toward the needy and the lost. We reach out to them in every way we can. We deploy almost daily into our community in a variety of ways: feeding the hungry, tutoring at-risk students, visiting the juvenile detention center, preaching in the open air, teaching English to immigrants, and providing food in back-packs for school children at risk of hunger over the weekends.
Everyone is invited to help with this good work. The work God does within us as we give is part of what we call the Care Effect—the shaping of our soul into the image of God’s Son.
Associate Pastor of Worship & Music
A native of New Orleans, I've discovered the incredible blessing of returning home to serve God in my home church. I met my wife, Juliet, at Palm Beach Atlantic University and we have three incredible sons, Nathan, Joshua and Michael who bless our lives amazingly. We started our married life in Phoenix, Arizona where we were blessed to serve in ministry for seven years. There I received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. God surprised us in 2007 with the opportunity to move to New Orleans in a time of great need in the city. The ministry opportunities have been unbelievable and the rewards are too many to write.
I grew up going to Saints games with my dad, and I'm looking forward to celebrating another Superbowl win this year. I'm also a die-hard LSU fan. In our spare time Juliet and I enjoy watching sports (I've been blessed to marry a woman who loves sports as much as me) and TV dramas and movies. I'm having a blast rediscovering New Orleans - especially as a musician. My hobbies include golf and finding local spots for music and incredible food. I love listening to jazz at local joints like “The Blue Nile,” “Ervin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse,” and “Snug Harbor.” Lately, I've been listening to Matt Maher, Tenth Avenue North, Dave Matthews Band (you've got to hear their latest album recorded at Piety Street Studio in New Orleans), and tons of random worship albums and singles.
Associate Pastor of Administration & Senior Adults
Like never before, First Baptist New Orleans has new opportunities to share the love of Christ. My prayer is that as our city continues to rebuild, more individuals will realize their need for Jesus as Savior and Lord. These are exciting days in the life of our church. Our goal is to meet the spiritual needs of our church family and the people of metro New Orleans through meaningful worship, effective Bible study and unique mission opportunities.
Born in Decatur, Alabama, I grew up in Montgomery and moved to Independence, MS in 1980, where I met my wife, Janice. She is an accomplished pianist and enjoys cooking and reading. I enjoy Civil War history, riding my Harley Davidson Roadking Classic motorcycle and New Orleans Saints football.
I earned an Associate of Divinity degree from Mid-America Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee, a Bachelor degree from Leavell College and a MDiv with specialization in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
I came to know the Lord as my Savior at age 33 and everything in my life changed! My passion is to lead boys and girls to a knowledge of Jesus Christ so they can know that He is always with them and ready to lead them through life. I love the sound of children laughing and having fun almost as much as I love seeing the “light bulb” go off when they truly “get” the truth you are teaching!
I have lived in South Louisiana for most of my life and am truly elated to be in a city where gumbo, seafood and good times are a way of life! New Orleans has always been a special place for me and my family and I am thrilled to now call this city home. Being only one hour away from my children and grandchildren makes life sweeter too!
My formal education consists almost entirely from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I have earned my bachelors and masters degree from NOBTS and am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Ministry.
It is a joy and honor to serve as youth minister in one of the greatest cities in the world. I was born in Fort Worth, TX but moved to Long Beach, MS at a very young age. My family moved to Louisiana in 1994, where I have basically lived since. I graduated from Louisiana College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Some say this degree comes in handy when working with teenagers! I met Tiffany Atkins at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2006. We began dating a few months later and on January 5, 2008 she became my wife. We both graduated from NOBTS. I received a Masters of Arts in Christian Education with a focus in youth ministry and sports/recreation ministry. After graduation we served at a Baptist church in Georgia for two years. The Lord blessed us with a beautiful baby girl on August 11, 2011. We have such a love and passion for the city of New Orleans that we named our daughter, Nola-Grace. My family moved back to New Orleans in November 2012 and are overjoyed to be back home. I truly feel blessed to serve at this church as I seek to share the love of Christ to these teenagers.
Community Relations Cooridinator for Baptist Crossroads and University Minister
I grew up in Cleburne, Texas which is a small town south of Fort Worth. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Baylor University, and my Master of Pastoral Studies with a focus in Small Christian Community Formation from Loyola University. I married Allye on June 22nd, 2011 on a sailboat in Hawaii. It was a blast and I'm so lucky to have her in my life. We celebrated the birth of a baby girl on August 24th, 2012. Ruby Love Crosby is such a blessing and we are just so in love with her.
I moved to New Orleans in June 2006 to work as a summer intern with Baptist Crossroads. From there I just fell in love with the city and the work and I couldn't leave.
I hope to help New Orleans area university students catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God and find their place in the work that God is doing in this city.
Nothing excites me more than to see God's children figure out what the Creator designed them to do -- and start doing it in love and in Jesus' name. This has been my passion since I was a college student, but I never dreamed it would shape my job! For that reason, I'm thrilled to be serving FBNO as Connections Minister - helping folks make the connection between God's grace and His works. I also love a good story, and as Communications Minister, I get to tell the story of what God is doing in and through FBNO. My personal ministry outlet is Inward -- seeking to love people like Jesus does on Bourbon Street.
If you are wondering how to plug in at FBNO, have a question about communications, or are interested in Inward Ministry please shoot me an email. I'd love to get you connected!
Missions Minister and Director of Baptist Crossroads
I grew up in a small town in South Georgia that blessed me with a certain sense of hospitality and a very noticeable accent. It is from that cozy environment God called me to study in New Orleans. What I once thought was a very temporary stop in New Orleans, God has revealed as calling and a passion. I love this city! New Orleans is unique in many ways; it is full of both tradition and diversity. And, post-Katrina New Orleans is a city full of challenges and opportunities.
As believers we are to use these challenges and opportunities to be vessels of his grace and love. I am excited about serving in this city and empowering others to be his vessels here in New Orleans and around the world.
Minister of Pastoral Care
My first experience with New Orleans was doing Hurricane Katrina cleanup. At the time, I had no idea that God would lead me here to train and do ministry. Like many others who come here, my wife and I thought New Orleans would only be a temporary stop, however, God has led us to stay here and invest our lives in the many needs that this city has. The ministry opportunities are endless, and my wife and I both feel that doing ministry in this city is God's will for our lives at this time. It is important that we not only minister to those in our city, but to those in our congregation as well. God has commanded us to shepherd the flock, and that is part of what I do here.
I am originally from Hoover, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama. There is no better place on earth than Bryant-Denny Stadium on a Saturday in the Fall or Turner Field in Atlanta, GA watching a Braves game.
Small Group Minister and Missions Ministry Associate
My wife Rachel and I moved to New Orleans in January 2011. So in a city known for its rich tradition, I am still a little wet behind the ears. I have to admit that homemade gumbo still makes my eyes water. And although I have touched a crawfish head to my lips, I am pretty sure I faked the sucking part.
People tell me that this city changes you. That it seeps into your blood. My hope is that as this city changes me, God will allow me to experience and participate in the life change of others. Working in missions at FBNO is giving me the opportunity not only to see Jesus changing lives, but also to empower fellow Christians to do the same.
A few interesting facts about me… My wife and I started dating when I was 15 and she was 14 (we didn’t tie the knot until I was 24). I caught a BP home run with my bare hands at a Braves game in Atlanta in 2002 (Go Bravos!). I have set foot in nine different countries (hoping to make it ten with FBNO) on four separate continents.