Ever feel that you have to be perfect to come to church? Have you done some things in the past that you regret? Do you struggle with conflicts in your relationships?  We have some great news for you! You are not alone! At Lea Joyner, we are committed to helping families and singles maximize their potential in life. We are a church filled with people who struggle daily with life’s issues. We’re not perfect, and we don’t pretend to be.

Every Sunday you’ll find people excited to meet you at the door and welcome you no matter where you may be or what you may have done in life. Everyone is welcome! YOU are invited to join us for worship and fellowship.  We offer a casual atmosphere with a serious faith.

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Every great milestone in the Bible and in life is associated with a place. The Bible points to places like Eden, Egypt, the Jordan River, The Promised Land, Bethlehem, Jerusalem. Everyone needs a place. When we introduce ourselves to others, we often identify ourselves as being in or from a place. Everyone needs a place. It is important in friendships and relationships. Everyone needs a place. Even eternity is described as a place in the Book of the Revelation, a new heaven and a new earth. Everyone needs a place. Someone made a place for each of us. And we believe that we have a place for you. We want you to find your place, your spiritual home, at Lea Joyner United Methodist Church. We invite you to join us this Sunday, and every Sunday, at the church that has made a place for you.

Lea Joyner United Methodist Church – – where EVERYONE is welcome!


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Meet Our Staff

Ben McGehee – Senior Pastor

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Ben is originally from Ruston, and grew up at Trinity UMC. He graduated from LA Tech, served a year as an Intern at the Wesley Foundation there, and then went to Asbury Seminary in Kentucky, where he received his Master of Divinity. He married his wife, Alisa, in 1999. They have three children: Ella, Lily, and William. He is an avid hunter.  He loves listening to good music, and his favorite hobby is cooking.
Contact Ben at benmcgehee@gmail.com

Betty Swanson – Associate Pastor

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Betty is the Associate Pastor and part-time local pastor in the Louisiana Methodist Conference. She went through License to Preach school and finished Course of Study school at Millsaps in Jackson, Mississippi.  She & her husband, Ray have 3 children, Emilee, Raymond and Amanda.  She also has 2 sons-in-law, Dennis and Brady.  Her primary duties at Lea Joyner include pastoral care, prayer ministry and women’s ministry.  She is currently enrolled as a sojourner in the Academy for Spiritual Leadership through the Louisiana Conference.                                     
Contact Betty at revbet303@aol.com

Richard Blue – Associate Pastor of Children and Youth

Richard is originally from Destrehan, Louisiana and grew up at Luling United Methodist Church. He graduated from Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Seminary, and Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. He has continued his studies and anticipates earning his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in the Fall of 2017. He is a certified candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church and has been approved for service as a full-time local pastor. He married his wife Amanda Blue, in 2010. They have one son Richard III. He loves to fly, go camping, and spending time near the water. He and his wife love anything Disney!
Contact Richard at richardbluejr@gmail.com

Lance Dumas – Director of Music

Lance is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  He is a native of West Monroe where he lives with his wife, Jessica, and sons, Jacen & Judah.

Contact Lance at dumaslr@gmail.com



Elaine Chapman -Program Director


Elaine is a retired teacher from the Ouachita Parish School System.  She has one son, Mark, daughter-in-law, Chris, and two granddaughters, Carly and Carson.  Elaine has been a member of Lea Joyner Methodist Church since 1960.

Contact Elaine at Elaine.ljumc@gmail.com



Jackie Howe – Administrative Secretary

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Jackie has been the administrative secretary at Lea Joyner since 2001.  She lives in Swartz with her husband Kevin.  She has a daughter, Brittany, son-in-law, Matt, grandson, Jack & soon-to-be granddaughter, Lou, who live in Little Rock. So she is on the road alot!  Jackie & Kevin own & operate A-1 Fence of Northeast Louisiana, a local fence installation company.
Contact Jackie at leajoynerchurch@gmail.com


Vicki Fuller – Financial Secretary

Vicki is a retired operations manager.  She retired from J.P. Morgan Chase in 2006.  She is a native of Northeast Louisiana and lives in Monroe with her husband Tommy.

Contact Vicki at leajoynerchurch.vfuller@gmail.com



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4390 Old Sterlington Road Monroe, La 71203 (map)


(318) 343-0073



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