First Baptist Kenner Staff
Get to know our staff members below
Dr. Rhyne Putman, Interim Pastor
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Rhyne Putman serves as the interim pastor at FBC Kenner.
His day job is at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he serves as the Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture. (Yes, he’s the nerdy theology type.)
Rhyne is the author of In Defense of Doctrine (Fortress Press, 2015) and of When Doctrine Divides (Fortress Press, 2017). He greatly appreciates any contribution you make to his son’s college education by buying his very (interesting) books.
He’s also a pop culture geek who thinks himself Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen. He also bleeds Mississippi State maroon.
More importantly, he’s the husband of the stunning Micah and the father of a rambunctious preschooler named Ben.
Danny Moore, Church Administrator & Senior Adult Minister
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After a full career in industrial management with a major corporation, Danny retired to something equally strenuous, more varied, and that pays less: He joined our church staff! Danny is the adventurous sort.
Danny has a wall-full of degrees, starting with a B.S. from the University of Houston, followed by an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, and capped with a M.A. in worship ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Whew! And, if that’s not enough, Danny plays both the oboe and English horn in the New Orleans Civic Orchestra!
Danny has been married to Courtney for 40 years, and they are parents of Jenny (Wesley) and Lindsey (Cliff). More importantly, they are grandparents of five boys, which includes two sets of twins.
Danny’s favorite restaurant is Middendorf’s, up the highway in Manchac. If he could invite anyone to enjoy the thin catfish with him, Drew Brees would get the honor. Danny has Number 9’s Saints’ shirt. “I’m a big fan,” he says. “I’d love to hear how he uses his faith to influence people.”
Danny’s all-time favorite movie is “Young Frankenstein,” and his favorite guilty pleasure is “eating cookie dough–with a big spoon!” (He would NOT invite Drew Brees to take a spoon and join in!)
His dream guest for a meal, however, would be Secretary of State John Kerry, who occupies “the most difficult and frustrating job in the world.” As a student of leadership, Danny would ask how he leads from the “second chair” (under the POTUS), and how he keeps his sanity!
Danny’s favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 12:9. “My grace is sufficient for Thee and my power is made perfect in weakness.” Danny says, “In my weaknesses, I get a renewed sense of His power
and His willingness to accomplish His will, often in spite of me.”
Danny loves working with senior adults and hopes to become one someday — in a few decades!
Rachel Filla, Preschool & Children’s Director
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With no children of her own, Rachel has decided to adopt yours and mine! We are blessed indeed because she’s very special.
Born in Memphis and raised in Munford, Tennessee, Rachel moved to New Orleans for her theological education. In May 2016 she receives her Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry with a focus on preschool and children’s ministry from Leavell College, a part of our New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rachel’s favorite local eatery is Elizabeth’s Restaurant in the Bywater section of New Orleans (she loves the praline bacon!). If she could take anyone in the world to dinner, she would invite Queen Elizabeth II. If she had to limit it to someone local, the Drew Brees family would be her next choice. Either way, Rachel is into royalty.
Rachel’s guilty pleasure is sleeping late or listening to “my music” really loud! If the Lord had not put her in the ministry, her dream job would have been as a talk show host. But knowing the slim chances of that, she says, “I’d probably be an accountant.”
Psalm 118:1 says, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His steadfast love endures forever.” Rachel, who says her favorite scripture verse keeps changing, calls this one her favorite du jour. “It’s so comforting to think of God’s steadfast love for us.”
Brad Averette, Minister of Students
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“I wish someone had helped me when I was a teenager,” says Brad. “I wish they had taken the time to teach me the Bible so I could understand it.”
Anyone wondering what drives Brad’s passion in reaching students need look no further than that.
Brad, native of Brent, Alabama, and graduate of Jacksonville State University and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, is married to Stacy and they are the parents of Andrew, Kate, Hannah, and Moses. That’s the most important stuff.
And for the fun stuff…
Brad loves the seafood at Smitty’s Restaurant in Kenner, and he calls IHOP his “guilty pleasure.” His favorite movie is “RV,” and if he could have dinner with anyone anywhere, he would choose Billy Graham. (If Dr. Graham can’t make it, Brad’s second choice is Stacy, his wife.)
Brad’s favorite scripture is James 4:8. “Draw nigh to the Lord and He will draw nigh to you.” “God is always with me,” Brad says. We gave Brad two “if nots.” If you were not in the ministry, what would you be doing? “I’d be in the military.” And, if it were not fattening, which food would you binge on? “No question, chocolate cake.”
Ray Telschow, Minister to Young Singles
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The Lord surely has a sense of humor. He sent this cold-weather-loving Yankee to live in New Orleans where wintertime and the summers of Chicago are vertically the same.
Ray has been our singles minister since November of 2015, although he and wife Kaelin (and children Merida and Ray IV) have been in this church since 2009.
And how exactly did it happen that a married man with a family became singles minister? Ray and Kaelin were all set to teach another class of marrieds when the college/career class came open. Pastor Mike asked them to teach there, and they soon came to love it.
Ray’s favorite New Orleans restaurant is Dat Dog (hint: It isn’t exactly white tablecloth and Emeril never heard of it!). His favorite movie is Jurassic World, and if he could take anyone at all to dinner, his choice is the great Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias.
Ray’s favorite Scripture is Psalm 46, because, he said, “God’s power and mercy are beyond measure. The earth may tremble but He still takes time to love me.”
Ray’s college work was at Indiana State University, and if all goes as planned, he’ll resume working on his master’s at NOBTS in the summer of 2016.
Some years back, Ray thought he’d like to climb Mount Everest. Reality set in when it found what that venture would cost. He leaves us with this warning, however: “If the Lord calls me to Alaska, I’m gone!”
As minister to young singles, Ray Telschow loves to see God transforming people into disciples of Jesus Christ. (We are still waiting, however, to see if the Lord will give this Alaska-loving guy an equal fascination with the heat and humidity of New Orleans!)