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our team


Rev. Derek Joyce

Lead Pastor

Derek grew up in Shreveport, LA. He came to know Christ during his college years through the ministry of the Louisiana Tech Wesley Foundation. He graduated form Louisiana Tech University in 1997 with a degree in aviation (a perfect degree for ministry!). He married his wife Jamie in November of 1997, and today they are proud parents of their daughter, Mackenzie.

Derek is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and has been at First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, since 2002. He currently serves as an associate pastor. He loves watching movies with his family, cycling, reading, and laughter.


Heather Gunter

Worship Director

Heather Gunter was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. She is an alumna of LSU-S and a 2011 graduate of LA Tech with a Masters of Arts in Teaching. In November of 2008, Heather married Derek Gunter and in November of 2014, they welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world named Liam. She also has a spoiled cat named Toby that keeps life interesting! Worship, music, and songwriting are her greatest passions. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, playing Mario, and cooking.


Jamie Sanders

Altar Design

Jamie Sanders is the creative genius behind the amazing sets for our FaithLink service. He’s an accomplished artist and extremely handy! We are so blessed to have Jamie on our team!


Derek Gunter

Acoustic Guitar/Band Leader

Derek’s musical endeavors started when he bought his first drum kit at the age of 13. Over the next few years, music began to transform from just a hobby to a true passion. At age 16, Derek began learning both the guitar and bass guitar. He enjoys playing all of these instruments, but the one he connects with the most is the acoustic guitar. He has been leading/assisting worship for 20 years. Professionally, Derek has been working for Claiborne Sharp Professional Audio for over 15 years doing service, training, installation, and system design. He also enjoys recording and producing in his home studio. Derek has been married to his wife, Heather, for 7 years. Together, they have a 1 year old son named Liam and a mischievous cat named Toby. When Derek is not playing music, he enjoys cyling, carpentry work, watching movies, and spending time working outdoors. We are very excited to have Derek as a part of our team and look forward to all the great ways God will continue to work in his life!


Jonathan Jackson

Keyboard/Vocals

Jonathan was born in San Antonio, but moved frequently depending on where the Air Force stationed his father. His love for music began early on. He grew up watching his mom play the piano and his dad sing. Around age 10, he joined the choir at his church and thus began his journey with music. Altogether, Jonathan has been singing and playing instruments for around 30 years. His primary instrument is the piano; however, he also knows how to play the guitar, bass, drums, and (his initial instrument) the trumpet. After high school, Jonathan went to college briefly, but decided to join the Army. He was part of the 25th Infantry Division for 3 years where he was stationed in Hawaii. The most interesting place he traveled to in the Army was Japan. Jonathan has a really cool job! He works as a Leutinent for the CSI Department of Bossier Parish. He also has 3 beautiful daughters: Leah, Lexie, and Aubry. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, watching tv, spending time with his family, and being outdoors. We are so blessed to have Jonathan as part of our worship team!


Roger Barnes

Audio Engineer

Roger is a Shreveport, Louisiana native and graduate of LSU Baton Rouge school of business. He has lived and worked as a keyboard player/vocalist in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Nashville.His touring credits include Canada, with the Red River Revel; Norway, with Dennis LaCorrie of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and Mexico, with The Hamilton, Ontario Arts Festival. Roger is also a recording engineer producer, who has worked on albums by Dorsey Summerfield and the Polyfonics, Seva May (former Miss Georgia) ,bluesman Buddy Flett and The Red River Revel Louisiana State of Mind artist compilation album, featuring Kenny Wayne. He is also the recording engineer for the Human Metronome-a classical cello duet, featuring Ruth Drummond of the Shreveport Symphony and Paul Christopher of Northwestern State University. Roger currently lives in Shreveport and performs as a solo artist and keyboardist for Jazziana ,as well as being an audio engineer for the contemporary service of First United Methodist Church.


Henry Edwards

Violin

Henry plays the vioin for FaithLink, but he can also play the viola, guitar, tenor banjo, and flute. He has been part of the FaithLink Team for 12 years now, but has been playing the violin for 41 years. Henry’s mom is a retired music teacher, so music is something that his whole family is passionate about. In college, Henry obtained a Bacherlor’s and Master’s degree in Violin Performance. Currently, in addition to playing for FaithLink each Sunday, Henry is a violinist for the Shreveport Symphony and works as the Membership Director for Red River Radio. In his free time, Henry loves to go on walks before work each morning, play chess and card games, cooking, and watching basketball on t.v. He has a cat named McWayne who is his much loved companion. We are so blessed to have Henry as part of our community and are thankful for all he contributes to our worship service each week!


Collin McDonald

Drums

Collin started off playing the guitar, but realized he enjoyed playing the drums more. He has been playing the drums for 9 years now. Currently, Collin is a sophomore at Louisiana Tech University where he is a Clinical Kinesiology major. When he graduates, he plans to enter Physical Therapy school. In his free time, Collin enjoys playing golf and other sports and hanging out with his friends. At Tech, he has been a cheerleader for two years now (last year he was the mascot) and he is also a member of the 2014 orientation staff. Collin has been playing the drums/percussion for FaithLink for about 4 years now! We are so blessed to have him as such an integral part of our worship team and look forward to all the many wonderful things God has planned for him.


Bob Holladay

Vocals

Bob has been a part of the FAITHLink Worship Team since it first began. In fact, Bob has been a long time member of First Methodist and has sung in the Chancel Choir for about 30 years now. Bob has a deep love for music. He was surrounded by music all his life because of his parent’s love and appreciation for music. He began singing around age 2 or 3 and has been in choir since he was a child. Not only does Bob sing well, he also plays the guitar. Currently, Bob is a Pulmonary Critical Care Physician at LSU Hospital. He holds a BS in Zoology from LSU Baton Rouge and his MD from LSU-HSC. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Jo, for 23 years. Together they have one daughter named Madison, who is currently attending the University of Arkansas where she is majoring in Biochemistry. Aside of music, Bob enjoys working, hanging out with his family, church, and traveling (as time allows). He has also been in some local plays. We are so grateful to have Bob as part of our FAITHLink Worship Team!


Carrie Irvin

Vocals

Carrie was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and came to Shreveport for college at Centenary College of Louisiana. There she majored in Youth and Music Ministry and completed her degree in 2009, alongside traveling the world with the Centenary College Choir. She is a part-time youth pastor working with middle and high school youth, & part-time phographer with a passion for wedding, portrait, and humanitarian photography. Within ATN (All Things New) Youth Ministries, she focuses on design, social media, teaching, mentoring, and leading Bible studies with amazing and hilarious students. She frequents coffee shops, loves conversation, and lives in a cozy Broadmoor home with her husband Chris and their two adorable cats, Sam and Izzy.


Jessica Baker

Vocals

Jessica was born in Odessa, TX and raised here in Shreveport, LA. She has been singing even before she could really talk. In fact, as a child, Jessica loved singing so much that she never left home without her red Playskool casette player that had a yellow microphone attached to it so she could sing to the mixed tapes her mom made for her. In addition to singing, Jessica plays the guitar and a little piano. In 2010, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from LSUS with a degree in Marketing. For 6 1/2 years, Jessica was in a cover band called The Groove Agents that played at various local and out of town venues. She has tried out for American Idol twice and even recorded a demo in Nashville in 2008. In her free time, Jessica enjoys fishing, working out and running, hunting, and camping. She has been singing with the FaithLink Worship Team for 3 years now! We are so happy to have her as part of our wonderful community & look forward to seeing the ways God will continue move in her life!


Jerry Lee

Electric Guitar

We are so excited to have Jerry Lee as part of our Worship Team here in FaithLink! Jerry has been playing the electric guitar since 2003. In addition to playing the guitar, he also plays the bass, drums, harmonica, banjo, kazoo, mandolin, singing saw, and the organ. His love for the guitar began when he was attending Calvary Baptist Church. The Youth Pastor noticed Jerry’s interest in the guitar and decided to give his guitar to him. Outside of FaithLink, Jerry enjoys playing electric guitar, drums, and bass in the band “The Wall Chargers.” He is also really into history. He loves reading lesser known historical stories, both biblical and musical. Among Jerry’s other hobbies are watching “The Office”, spending time with his precious daughter, Aurora, learning more about music, watching soccer and hockey, and playing chess. Jerry has a twin sister named Bridget Lee who is also his best friend.


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