Meet The Pastors
Senior Pastor >> Rev. Andy Harris
Pastor Andy Harris began his ministry at Central Assembly of God on September 25, 1996. Born in Prescott, Arkansas, Brother Harris is a native of Bossier City, and a graduate of Bossier High School. His parents Chubby & Jamie Harris were a prominent Bossier City builder and schoolteacher, respectively. He earned a B. S. in Pastoral Ministries and Evangelism at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. He also completed a ministerial internship at his home church, Broadmoor Assembly of God, in Shreveport, Louisiana, under the leadership of Pastor Don R. Logan. His postgraduate studies were received at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
While attending college, our Pastor married Miss Sheryl Lynn Thompson of Hurst, Texas, on October 17, 1981. They served as Youth Pastor and Administrative Assistant at Calvary Temple, in Irving, Texas, with Pastor J. Don George. It was there that Pastor Harris was ordained to the ministry on April 10, 1985.
The Harrises were involved in ministry in Baton Rouge for 2 1/2 years, and then served as Pastor of Kings Corner Assembly of God in Sarepta, Louisiana, for 8 1/2 years, before coming to Central Assembly of God in 1996.
The Harrises have two lovely daughters: Lauren, born March 11, 1991; and Andrea, born February 2, 1997.
Under the leadership of Pastor Harris, Central Assembly of God has grown from a church of 39 members to a congregation of more than 800 believers.
Senior Adult Pastor Rev. Kent Craft
Rev. Kent Craft, along with his wife, Margaret, are natives of Plain Dealing, Louisiana, where they attended the same home church, Oak Grove Assembly of God. Kent and Margaret were Junior High sweethearts and married in 1980. They have been blessed with three children; Jason, Beth, and Natalie.
While pursuing an accounting degree in Monroe, Louisiana, Kent also undertook ministerial studies through the Assemblies of God Berean and ICI ministerial study programs. During Kent's college years, he served as Youth Pastor at Rocky Branch Assembly of God. In 1984, Kent completed his accounting degree, and earned his CPA professional designation. In 1994, Kent was ordained with the General Council of the Assemblies of God.
From 1989 to 1994, the Craft's served as pastors for Sheppard Heights Assembly of God in Minden, Louisiana, and Prairieview Assembly of God in Wright, Wyoming from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to present, the Craft's have served on staff at Central Assembly of God; first as Children's Pastors and currently as the Senior Adult Pastors.
Kent also serves as Executive Vice-President/CFO for Evergreen Life Services; a ministry dedicated to serving persons with developmental disabilities.
Minister of Christian Education
Rev. Ken Richmond
Rev. Ken Richmond has been involved in ministry for the past 29 years. Raised in a pastor's home he is a native of Arkansas. He first attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma when he felt a direct call to pastoral ministry and then transferred to Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie Texas in 1979. While attending Southwestern he met his wife Denise, a native of Bossier City. Ken received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration upon graduation from Evangel University in Springfield Missouri in 1982.
Ken first served as a youth pastor and minister of music from 1983-1986 in Arkansas. He was ordained as an Assemblies of God minister in April of 1987. He then became the Assistant Pastor of First Assembly of God in El Dorado Arkansas where he also led praise and worship and directed the sanctuary choir. In 1993, Ken relocated to Houston, Texas, as the Minister of Music at Christian Temple Assembly of God. In 1996, God called Ken to serve as the senior pastor of First Assembly of God in West Helena, Arkansas. He has served as a senior pastor as well as leading the praise and worship of his congregations for the last 12 years.
He has one son Kaleb (1982), daughter Tayler (1989) and grandson Kennison. Denise has her Master's Degree in Special Education with Diagnostic Certification and is currently employed with Caddo Parish Schools.
Minister of Music
Rev. Jeremy Smith
Rev. Jeremy Smith, and his wife Heather, joined our staff in April 2013 and came to us from Hot Springs, AR. Central Assembly is excited to welcome the Smith's to our family.
Rev. Dustin Johnston
Dustin Johnston was born on September 19, 1987, and graduated in 2006 from Temple High School in Temple, Texas. He was born and raised a pastor's kid, saved and baptized under his father's ministry, and has been completely involved in ministry from a very young age. Dustin received a B.S. in Pastoral Ministries from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in May 2009. While attending college, Dustin met Miss Cara Lynn Miles and married her on September 24, 2011.
Dustin served as a ministerial intern at his home church, Bethel Church, for a year prior to college. While working on his degree, Dustin served as youth intern for Live365, the student ministries of Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas. Dustin then became a Youth Pastor at Bethel Temple in Fort Worth, Texas, and served there from early 2008 until the end of 2009.
God has beautifully orchestrated each and every change in Dustin's ministry and has now connected him to The Church of the Cross. Dustin came on staff as Youth Pastor in January 2010. He is incredibly excited about working with the students of Central to uncover God's vision for the youth group and stirring a passion to revolutionize the youth of Haughton, Bossier City, and the whole state of Louisiana.
"It is my heart's desire and calling to follow Jesus faithfully," Pastor Dustin writes, "and to help build a vibrant community of faithful, young Christians who love Jesus and share His incredible love with others."
Jr. High Pastor
Rev. Trae Bordelon
Trae has served on staff here at The Church of the Cross as Administrator to the Youth Pastor since 2008. He originally attended, and graduated from Masters Commission here from 2005 to 2007. Since January 2014, he has been on our pastoral staff as the Jr. High Pastor.
Children's Pastor Rev. Jeff Manuel
Rev. Jeff Manuel was born August 21, 1987, in DeQueen Arkansas. He spent the majority of his life in the great state of Oklahoma. As a Pastor's son, he has devoted his entire life to the ministry.
God directed him to Southwestern Assemblies of God University August 2006 where he was called to Children's Ministry. He attended Southwestern for three years and is obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Church Ministries with a specialization in Children's and Family Ministries. God directed Jeff to the love of his life, Brayden, while attending SAGU. Jeff married Brayden Manuel July 17, 2009. She also has had a family history of involvement in the ministry in Tennessee.
While attending college at SAGU, Jeff and Brayden served as Children's Pastors at All Nations Church in inner-city Arlington, TX. Also, Jeff interned here at The Church of the Cross during the Summer of 2008. The moment he arrived, he knew it felt like home, but never thought God would call him back so soon. Only four months later, January 1, 2009, Jeff accepted the position of Children's Pastor at Central. Jeff and Brayden work hand in hand as they join with parents in raising young followers of Jesus Christ.
Minister of Facilities Rev. Chad Rhodes
Rev. and Mrs. Chadwick Rhodes came on staff at Central on December 13, 2008. Chad moved from Hornbeck, La. to Northwest Louisiana on January 10, 2000. Soon after, he met Cindy Patton of Minden, LA and they were married in June of 2001.
While Chad came to us from the Baptist church, Cindy was raised Assembly of God. The Rhodes began attending Central in the summer of 2000. In October of 2006, Chad gave his heart to the Lord and was filled with Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Little did he know that his life would never be the same again! After running from the call of God on his life, Chad answered that call in May of 2007. He is currently attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University through Distance Education.
When Cindy was asked, "How does it feel being in the ministry," she replied, "I always knew that I would be in the ministry and when Chad answered the call, it was no surprise to the both of us." Cindy is devoted to staying at home raising their 3 wonderful children: Cameron born September 28, 2001, Clayton born August 24, 2004 and their niece Pamela Patton born July 3, 2001. Their heart's desire is to abandon their lives for Jesus Christ and to lead as many people as possible to do the same!