Ashley is proud to be a born and raised New Orleanian. Her heart for the Lord and ministry grew immensely during her time in college at LSU. While in Baton Rouge she was an active member and took many leadership roles within her church, sorority, and Young Life. She currently works with Young Life, ministering to high schoolers and college students, and has done so since graduating from LSU in 2020. She has a true passion to cultivate community amongst adolescents and cannot wait to foster this within the church.
In her free time you can find her reading, walking, eating good food, having deep theological conversations, and frequenting Yogurtland.
Growing up in multiple states, Ben learned to appreciate many locales… but then he fell in love with Louisiana. Starting college at LSU, he formed enduring relationships that would eventually bring him back home – but most importantly, he there had a deeply transformative experience with the grace of Jesus and the joy of the church. After transferring to finish biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College in Chicago, and later Princeton Seminary, he fell in love with and married his dream girl, Jenny (they have three children, Gabriel, Lena and Ana). Ben has been in some form of pastoral ministry for over 15 years. Since starting Resurrection, he and Jenny continue to grow evermore passionate about the lasting spiritual formation of Jesus’ disciples and serving the greatest city in the world.
He loves the Bible, reading, genuine conversation at tables for two, rich–tone acoustic guitars, fishing (even if not catching), and nurturing a near–unhealthy obsession with golf.
Ashley is a native Floridian and moved to New Orleans with her family in
August of 2017. She met her husband at Wake Forest University and soon
thereafter they ventured to Charlottesville, VA for his general surgery
residency. During their first few years in Virginia, she was a golf
professional and a kindergarten teacher until the arrival of their two
children. As their family became more involved in their church, Trinity
Presbyterian, Ashley served as the nursery coordinator for three
years. The opportunity to welcome the littlest members of Christ’s body
into the church was not only a blessing for their family, but also
equipped her with a background in church operations experience.
is currently coordinating life at home with her husband, Forrest, and
their children, Webb and Peyton. The Johnston family enjoys the
outdoors, spending time with people and eating delicious food!
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Benjamin studied literature and archaeology at Duke University (BA), the University of Edinburgh (MSc), and the University of Cambridge (PhD). A writer by profession, he is the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; his theological writing regularly appears in byFaith magazine and other venues, and here at Resurrection he curates our “Notes on the Hymns” supplement. Once a recovering academic, he has fallen off the wagon, having recently begun graduate study at Reformed Theological Seminary.
At home he serves as the butler to a beloved tortoiseshell named Snickers, a cherished member of the Resurrection family. When his nose isn't stuck in a book, Benjamin can be found in the workshop with sawdust in his hair, in the gym with chalk on his hands, or out in the yard with dirt on his knees, coaxing fruit out of his fledgling citrus trees. They remain unconvinced.
Samantha is originally from Mandeville, LA and attended our sister church (New Covenant). She graduated from University of Georgia, which were formative years of her faith at Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). She met her husband Aaron shortly after college at the beach! After spending 7 years in Georgia, she made her way back to NOLA in 2013. Aaron and Samantha have been married since 2013 and have 2 boys, Eli and Gray.
She and her family have attended Resurrection since its inception and love the ever-growing community. In her free time, you can find her planning/organizing, walking on the levee, taking a barre or bounce class or spending time with her family.
Melissa grew up in the New Orleans area, and an enduring faith and love for Christ captured her heart during her childhood. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and undergraduate degrees in Biblical Studies and Elementary Education. Over the years, she has worked with children in various roles, both as a director of youth and children’s ministry, and as an educator specializing in gifted education. Serving children is her passion, whether through ministry, education, or motherhood.
Melissa is married to her husband, Rowland, and has two teenage sons, Michael and Joshua. When she is not attending one of her son’s games, she enjoys reading on her back porch, walking her dogs, and taking on creative projects, ranging from photography to book publishing.
Sam was born in New Orleans and raised across the lake in Mandeville before attending college at Auburn University. After school, he moved to Charlottesville, VA for the Trinity Fellows Program, a leadership development year focused on applying a Christian worldview to the workplace. Sam met his wife, Hope, in Charlottesville where they lived for 13 years before moving back to New Orleans in 2016. They live uptown with their daughter, Nola, son, Wyler, and dog, Indie.Sam spends his free time coaching his kids in softball, running/biking short distances at slow speeds, and trying to learn his favorite 90's guitar solos.
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