Brad is a father, husband, preacher, author, minister, and primarily, and most importantly a disciple of Jesus Christ. While born in South Carolina, he has lived the majority of his life in South Louisiana. Brad was called as Senior Pastor here at Eastwood in March 6, 2022.
He is a very proud graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDIV) and has partially completed a doctoral degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Expository Preaching.
Brad is married to one of the godliest women on earth, Emily Kirby. They are the proud parents of a 14-year-old sweet pea named Reagan Olivia and a 9-year-old boy named Luke Bradford.
Brad has spent the last 24 years serving churches all across South Louisiana, Southeast Texas, South Florida, Northern Virginia, and now Northern Louisiana. For a season, God blessed him with a nationwide preaching ministry, partnering with churches and ministries all across the country, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
His prayer is to see a generation of believers who are known for their biblical literacy, doctrinal integrity, and undeniable passion for Jesus Christ. Brad is dedicated to making disciples of Jesus, who make disciples of Jesus through faithful preaching, personal mentoring, biblical counseling, and with a heart to care for God’s church in His power.
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WATCH BRAD’S SERMONS - www.walkingitout.net/videos
LISTEN TO BRAD’S PODCAST - Walking It Out : The Bible In Real Life (podbean.com)
Brad was saved by Jesus at the young age of 8 years old. At the age of 20 he surrendered and let go of all the plans/dreams that Brad had for his life. When God started controlling his life, He took Brad from ordinary living to extraordinary living. You should try it!
God brought Brad and his family to Haughton, LA and Eastwood Baptist Church in January of 2009. The Watson family really enjoys the down to earth people and family friendly atmosphere around Haughton. Brad also enjoys the amazing places to go bass fishing . If he is not at church or home, you can probably find Brad at Caddo, Cypress, Red River or Toledo Bend.
Brad is the proud father of two beautiful girls, Anna Grace and Makenzie, and Brad is married to his best friend, Leigh Ann. Brad and Leigh Ann share the same desire to glorify God in all that they do, especially by loving and discipling teenagers. Brad has been serving in youth ministry since 1999. He is 10 times more in love with God and youth ministry than he was when he started… Brad says that he is extremely blessed!
Don and his wife, Jennifer are blessed with two sets of twins, Will and Caroline, Joshua and Jonathan. Don was born and raised in Shreveport. Jennifer is from Bastrop.
Bro. Don first came to Eastwood in August of 1985 serving as Minister of Music and Youth. A transition was made to serve as Minister of Music and Senior Adults in 1991. In the spring of 2016, Don transitioned to the role of Associate Pastor.
The impact of a Christian home provided a strong influence on his decision to become a Christian. He thanks God for his godly parents. It was in Don's early teenage years that God called him into the ministry.
Don feels that it is such a joy to work with the staff and the congregation of Eastwood as everyone serves God together.
Brian has been the Worship Pastor at Eastwood since June of 2016. Prior to that, he served other churches in Louisiana and Texas, and has been a worship leader for over 25 years. He is passionate about leading God’s people to worship in spirit and in truth. The authentic worshipers at Eastwood inspire Brian as he looks forward to gathering with them every Sunday.
Brian has been married to Jana since 1998 and they have two daughters, Maggie and Emma. Brian and Jana are both from south Louisiana. They met and fell in love while attending McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
Brian enjoys spending time with his family, duck hunting, playing games, watching movies, officiating high school sports, and telling corny jokes.
Leaonda Palmer wears many hats at Eastwood. On Sundays she is the Nursery and Preschool Coordinator. During the week, Leaonda can also be found on the Eastwood Campus as the Director of Eastwood Childcare Center.
Leaonda has been involved with Children's Ministry for many years. She surrendered her life to full time ministry when she was 21 years old. Since then, Leaonda has been working full time in church daycares, children's ministry, and preschool ministry since she surrendered. Children are her passion! She loves sharing the story of Christ with them, and watching them grow into young men and women.
Leaonda does not ever serve alone, her entire family is involved as well, her husband of 19 years, David, and her four children, Erica, Darcie, Darla, and Drew. Whether it's through prayer, fixing things, encouragement, or loving on children with her, Leaonda's family does it ALL.
Church Administrator/Connections Director/Missions Coordinator
Doug and his wife, Stephanie, have been members of Eastwood since 2015. Since then, they have served the church in many capacities. Currently Doug is the leader of the Journey Family Life Group, serves as a Deacon, and is always willing to lend a hand when woodworking is involved.
Doug and Stephanie have been married since 2002 and have two daughters, Anna and Mary Michael. Both Doug and Stephanie are originally from Alabama and are passionate Crimson Tide fans.
Doug was provided an internship opportunity here at Eastwood prior to retiring from the Air Force after 22 years. During that time, he was able to serve alongside the Staff of Eastwood and was put in charge of planning and leading a mission trip to aid hurricane victims in South Louisiana as well as other local outreach projects. His love for God and the people of Eastwood was made evident during that time. Doug was asked to come on board as the new Administrator of Eastwood. In addition to this responsibility, he will also be assuming the role of Connections Director as well as Missions Coordinator.