Paul and Cyndi Burke

Lead Pastor

Paul is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.

He has served as a children’s, youth, associate, and lead pastor. 

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in Church Ministries from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Divinity program at Regent University. 

Paul and Cyndi have been married 28 years and in ministry 27 years.

Cyndi loves volunteering at the church, leading small groups, and working on her short-game.

Paul and Cyndi enjoy golfing, snow skiing, and discovering new places to eat!

Sullivan and Shonda Turner

Administrative Pastor

Sullivan is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God Fellowship 

and has spent the last decade in campus ministries. Sullivan graduated

with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Nicholls State University and a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from 

McNeese State University. Sullivan and his wife, Shonda, have been married for 13 years and have 3 sons and one daughter. Sullivan enjoys reading, working out, and traveling. Shonda enjoys shopping, traveling, and crafting

Darrell and Gwen Bourgeois

Children's Pastor

Darrell and Gwen lead our Children’s Ministry services for ages

4 to 12 every Sunday morning and evening. With over 200 children participating, the award-winning DREAM Team leads the children in praise services and participates in various drama and puppet competitions. The team was created to aid in the teachings 

of the Children’s Ministry and consists of a small group of pre-teens who exhibit leadership skills and a strong devotion to Christ. 

Darrell and Gwen have 2 daughters, Makenzie andKameron.

Gary and Darlene Evers

Congregational Pastor

Gary received his Bachelor of Arts from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, and began working immediately in retail management until joining the staff of Glad Tidings Church in 1996. As a longtime member of GT (since March of 1984), he has served in many areas of ministry of the church. Gary and Darlene Evers have been married for 42 years now. They have 2 children, Melissa and Matthew. Gary enjoys spending time with family, especially his granddaughter – Dora Julianne Evers. He also enjoys gardening and studying history and politics, while Darlene loves anything to do with design and crafts.

David and Mandie Fontenot

Media Pastor

David accepted the position as Media Pastor in July of 2015

after being involved in our Media Department for 5 years. 

Both he and Mandie have attended Glad Tidings Church for 21 years 

and have served as leaders in our Cleansing Stream Ministry. 

David and Mandie have been married for 23 years and have 4 children: Devin, Justin, Kyrsten, and Katlyn. They are the proud grandparents

of Natalie Johnson and Grayson Daigle.

Melvin and Ariel Stringfield

Youth Pastor

Melvin is a licensed and soon-to-be-ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and our new youth pastor of GT Student Ministries. He currently holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from West Coast Bible College & Seminary

and is a graduate of Southern University. Through the years,

he has served as a children’s pastor, middle school pastor, and then youth pastor in Shreveport, La. He is a nationally renowned and highly sought after motivational, camp, and campus speaker who seeks to encourage tens of thousands of youth and young adults yearly. Pastor Melvin’s heart is to see all of the middle and high school students of Lake Charles, and surrounding areas, have a true -life changing- encounter with Jesus Christ.



3400 Texas Street

Lake Charles, LA. 70607

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