Staff

Avery Dixon – Lead Pastor

God called me into ministry at the age of seventeen, and although I wasn’t sure what that meant, I knew that from that point on I would go wherever he led. Over 20 years later, God is still finding things for me to do.  My life in ministry has been a journey, starting with camps for children and R.A.’s, then youth ministry, and now the role as Senior Pastor. I have a desire to see people not only know Jesus, but to grow up in Him.  I hunger to see the church become healthy people with an abundance of love and forgiveness for others. 

God has blessed me with a beautiful and artistic wife who genuinely loves people.  I also have been given two amazing children, Aiden and Mia.  Besides my love for Jesus, these three are the most important things in the world to me.

I also enjoy being outdoors hunting and fishing and participating in sports, both as a spectator and a player, when my body allows it. I’m a big Saints fan and love the Atlanta Braves.  I received my undergraduate in Journalism and Public Relations as USM and my Master’s Degree at NOBTS.  I am currently really enjoying my time here at Trinity Baptist Church as their Pastor.  They have been a huge blessing for me and my family. 

Derek Wall – Associate Pastor

Originally from Greensburg, LA. Derek now lives in Satsuma, LA.  Derek is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, where he earned a BA in history.  Derek Also received his master’s degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary in Christian Education with a focus in student ministry.  Derek has served in churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  He is married to Koree Hagan Wall of Pine Grove, LA and has one daughter, Miranda Beth Wall. Derek has a heart for family and student ministry, the local church, and the word of God. He is a die hard LSU & New Orleans Saints fan. He loves American History, Star Wars, Marvel Movies, and Coffee

Dustin Pierce – Youth Pastor

Dustin is from Batesville, MS, and he now lives in New Orleans, LA. Dustin Pierce is a graduate of Blue Mountain College, where he earned a BA in Biblical Studies and English Literature. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dustin has served as Youth Pastor and Intern Associate Pastor in Mississippi. Dustin has a heart for true discipleship, the local church, the Word of God, and preaching. He is a lover of learning, is nostalgic for nerdiness, is a beast at beat-boxing, and is an awesome alliterater.

Teddy Forrest – Music Minister

I’ve been a part of Trinity Baptist church from its very beginning.  I was 5 years old when my parents, Ted and Mildred Forrest joined a group of friends and formed this church.  At seven, I made a profession of faith at the close of a worship service led by our first Pastor, Brother Bill Trimble.  Soon after, I was baptized in Natalbany River. I grew up with a tremendous love for music, especially church music.  There has always been gospel music in my house.  Music was such a very important part of our worship at church.  That love for worship music and songs of faith and praise has been with me for all of my 70 years!  I also received great musical training from some great teachers, both vocal and instrumental.  I started serving as Choir Director at TBC in 1964 when I was a Freshman in high school.  And, except for 3 years in the Army, I served in that capacity until 1995. I received a Bachelors Degree in Instrumental music education in 1989 and was hired as Band Director/Teacher at Ponchatoula High. I taught 21 years, retiring in 2011. I am so grateful to the people of Trinity for allowing me to continue my passion to lead worship music in our church.  I thank my Savior for giving all of us a reason to praise God.

Sandy Berthelot – Church Secretary

Hello!  My name is Sandy Berthelot, and I’m very excited to be your administrative assistant.  I grew up in a small town right alongside the Mississippi River called Destrehan.  While attending Southeastern Louisiana University, where I received an associate’s degree in Office Administration, I fell in love with Hammond.  My husband, Milton, is a wonderful godly man.  We have two grown children, and I just adore being Maw Maw B to our two beautiful grandsons.  I have a heart for mission trips and mission work.  In my spare time, I love to crochet, watch movies, work in my yard, and, of course, play with my grandbabies.