Brad Watson

Interim Pastor

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 Francis

Associate Pastor

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 Watson

Worship Pastor

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

Nursery/Preschool Minister

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.

John Burnes

Church Administrator

John and his wife, Tutti, came to Eastwood in 2000. Since then, it has become a whirlwind of activity. John has served as the Family Life Group leader for the Circle of Friends class for many years. Together he and Tutti started game nights that happen every 2nd Friday of the month at which time they play games and have dinner together.

Seven years ago, John was elected and served as the leader of the Leadership Team to help coordinate the search team for a new minister. He was also elected to the Pastor Search Committee. John continues to serve as the Administrator at Eastwood. He works with the staff and teams to keep the church moving forward.

John and Tutti celebrated their 55th anniversary in 2021. They have two beautiful daughters Tracey and Tricia, 6 wonderful grandchildren and they are the proud great grandparents of 1 beautiful baby girl.

It has been an amazing ride and God has kept Tutti and John working at Eastwood thru this whole process.