PASTOR – Shane Lester
Pastor Shane is from the small community of Mittie, in Southern Louisiana. His parents, Wesley and Teresa Lester, served as pastor of the Mittie United Pentecostal Church for 34 years. Candace, Shane’s wife, is also from Mittie. It’s a standing joke that Candace, had a crush on Shane at a very young age (they are 9 years apart). They were married when she graduated high school, and she has spent years trying to perfect him.
After growing up in a minister’s home, Pastor Shane served as a US Marine, worked as a contract electrician, and even spent a brief time working for the U.S. Border Patrol before following in his fathers footsteps. At the age of 30 he was called to the ministry, and has been working for God full-time since. Shane and his family had been evangelizing for only about 3 years when, God called them to the pastorate in Delhi, in March of 2002. Pastor Shane has 4 children Torri, Scarlett, Gentry and Sierra.
They love meeting new people and sharing Gods word. Through good times and bad, they have settled in for the long haul in our wonderful community.
ASSOCIATE PASTOR – Dan Stansbury
Pastor Dan, along with his wife Teneal, and their three sons, Bryan, Jake and Luke joined the Pentecost Tabernacle family in May of 2010. Pastor Dan grew up in Rayville Louisiana and was called into ministry at the age of 29. In addition to being a dynamic teacher and speaker, Pastor Dan is also a successful entrepreneur and business owner. Pastor Dan serves as our Associate Pastor and coordinates and oversees our House 2 House and Prison ministries. His energy and compassion are a welcome addition to the Pentecost Tabernacle Team.
STUDENT PASTOR - RJ Garrison
RJ and his wife Dempsey, serve as student pastor for Pentecost Tabernacle, a church he has called home since the age of 14. He is a family man, husband to Dempsey Garrison, and father to Jack Garrison. RJ is a Firefighter / EMT for the Ouachita Parish Fire Department and an ER-EMT at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA.
RJ is passionately in love with Jesus. He loves to preach and take every opportunity to tell people about the love of Jesus. He knew he was called to the ministry long before he told anyone. He describes his calling as: "not only something I wanted to do, but something God told me I HAD to do." He aspires to train our youth to live up to the acronym of the PenTab student ministry "AMPED" ....A Ministry Preparing Extreme Disciples! In addition to serving as student pastor, RJ plays guitar for our praise team, and serves in our Prison Ministry.
Although RJ and his family live in Monroe, they love the Delhi community very much, as that is where their family and church family reside. The Garrisons love people, and hope to make a positive impact in every person in and outside their circle.