Meet Our Staff
Ben McGehee – Senior Pastor
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.
Betty Swanson – Associate Pastor
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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Jackie Howe – Administrative Secretary
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.
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.
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