OUR TEAM

Monte & Olga Young
Lead Pastors

Pastor Monte grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He entered into full-time ministry at age 25, Pastor Olga grew up in Southern California, and entered full-time ministry at age 24. They have been active in pastoral ministry in Orange County, California, Anchorage, Alaska and now New Orleans.

In March of 2004 GOD gave Pastor Monte a vision of a church community in the heart of New Orleans that would change the face of our city through the radical life-change GOD promises. This vision became a reality in August 2011, when several families began moving to the New Orleans area to begin serving the city by sharing the Light and Love of Jesus. Over the next few months, more families connected together to turn our city upside down by connecting people with GOD.

The heart of Pastor Monte’s message is transparent Christ-imitation and how to live our lives as expressions of GOD’s Character. His hermeneutical approach to understanding the Bible has impacted lives across the country and around the world. Pastor Monte teaches us that every believer should learn to dissect the Word of GOD for themselves; not depending on someone else’s opinions or philosophies about GOD, but for every one of us to have an intimate and personal relationship with GOD.

Pastors Monte and Olga live in the New Orleans area with their four daughters, Jade, Eden, Adia and Kyli.

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John & Rachel Valverde
Associate Pastors

Pastor John grew up in New Mexico and served around the globe in the US Army as a UH-60 helicopter repairer and crew chief.  After serving in the military, John’s service to our country continued, taking him to Tennessee and Alabama. Pastor Rachel grew up in Michigan, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and China. Graduating with a BA in Psychology, she has been a social worker, administrative specialist, and business owner. Ultimately, GOD led them both to New Orleans where they met and were married.

In January 2016 John and Rachel first attended NOLA Church. They immediately began to grow deeper in relationship with Jesus and embraced His Plan and calling in ministry for their family. In September 2018 they were ordained as Associate Pastors. They are passionate about serving others, connecting people with Jesus—both locally and globally—and discipling others to walk in the amazing Freedom that only Jesus gives.

Pastors John and Rachel live in the New Orleans area and have two children, Ariana and John Michael.

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