Our Pastors

Senior Pastors | Monte & Olga Young

Monte grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He entered into full-time ministry at age 25, 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 Monte and Olga 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. He 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.

The Youngs live in the New Orleans area with their four daughters, Jade, Eden, Adia and Kyli.

Associate Pastors | John & Rachel Valverde

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. 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.

The Valverdes live in the New Orleans area and have three children, Ariana, John Michael, and Judah.

Associate Pastors | Matt & Alicia Walsworth

Matt grew up in Quitman, Louisiana and has served in various positions and ministries throughout his adult life. He attended Louisiana Technical College in Mechanical Design/Drafting, and continued his education at Louisiana Tech studying Mechanical Engineering. Alicia grew up in Jonesboro, La. and graduated ULM with an A.S. in Occupational Therapy. She started her career as a treating therapist, and now manages several occupational therapy facilities across south Louisiana. Matt and Alicia have served together in several ministries, churches, and have assisted with church plants, as well as being charter members of the NOLA Launch Team.

The Walwsorths live in the New Orleans area, and their son, Dylan, attends Southeastern University in Hammond, Louisiana.