I'm not the traditional pastor that you might expect to see. I didn't grow up in the church or give my life to Christ at age 5 or 12, I was called from the business world into the ministry in 1998, I owned a multi line insurance agency in New Orleans when I gave my life to Christ. I have attended two different bible colleges and ultimately would end up at New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary for most of my schooling. What I received from God via experience has been greater than all my classroom time combined. Through my years in ministry I have served as a church administrator, worked in children's ministry, was a youth pastor, developed small groups ministry, from organization to training, and development. I have served as an associate pastor at a medium sized church for the last 7 years, but God had another plan.
God called my wife Peggy and I away from where we were to start New Beginnings in June of 2010. In a very short period of time we began to hold bible studies and then started church services on July 17, 2010. God has certainly prepared me to take on this endeavor of starting a church, He has equipped me with great faith, a desire to walk in His will, and the knowledge to tackle such a huge task. If you like the idea of trailblazing or walking on a freshly cut one. Join us and become part of what God is doing in our area.
I obeyed God's call to youth ministry at New Beginnings Church after teaching and coaching for ten years and working in the public relations field. God has instilled in both me and my wife Beverly a love for young people and a passion for sharing Jesus with them. I believe Jr. and Sr. High students are some of His most effective kingdom warriors. The Lord impressed Romans 12:2 upon me in relation to the youth of New Beginnings Church. It was out of this verse that our name, Tribe122, was born. Our vision is simple: Tribe122 is a united group of transformed students who are disciples of Jesus. The tribe accepts all students the way God made them, and we will show others how to follow Jesus. As Pastor Eddie says: We don't just want them to know - we want them to grow!
When I was 12 yrs old I knew that I wanted to be involved in music. Since then I have been playing piano, singing and leading worship. I started off leading worship at my dad's church when I was 16. Ever since then, I knew that singing and leading others into the presence of God, was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I can't really put into words my heart for worship. All I can say is that it is my life. I try to make it a lifestyle rather than an emotion. God has put us here on this earth, to be worshippers. I am so humbled that God has given me this gift, and I will forever use it to glorify his name.
Darrell and Melanie Lupo
Melanie and I have been married twenty-seven years and have been blessed with four children and now two grandchildren. In 1984, we both gave their lives to the Lord, and from then God began to do a work in our lives. Shortly after being saved, we both began to work in children's ministry, and in 1993 we were asked to become children's pastors for a church over here on the Northshore. Melanie and I have also been involved in youth ministry and have taken on associate pastor duties as well in past years. Also, we have pastored a church in Abita Springs for five years while working full time at UPS, where I am still currently employed as a full-time driver. Recently, Melanie and I felt the call of God to do children's ministry at New Beginnings Church, and we have been truly blessed.
Besides God and my family, the two most important focuses of my life have been education and discipleship. From the time I received my most favorite Christmas present - a huge chalkboard - to today, I have always had a passion for teaching and guiding those around me. Throughout my life, this passion has been evident in the places that God has placed me and my husband. Reggie and I served as youth pastors at two local churches over several years, and God then lead me to work with teenagers as a high school teacher at Northlake Christian School eleven years ago. After eight years in the classroom, God called me out of the classroom to work as the full-time School Counselor allowing me a better opportunity to disciple and guide the students at NCS where I continue to serve. Then in 2010, when our close friends, Eddie and Peggy Swan, told us that God was calling them to plant a church in Covington, Reggie and I felt God leading us to help them with this process. Since the beginning, our entire family - including our three children - have served the body of New Beginnings Church in any way that we possibly could because we believe in the vision that God has given Pastor Eddie - to reach this community with the message of Jesus and to teach those we reach to be true disciples!
A-Team Ministry Leaders
- Eddie Swan - Men's Ministry
- Peggy Swan - Ladies' Ministry, Greeter Team
- Tom Beale - Student Team
- Darrell Lupo - Kids' Team
- Krystal Gallardo - Worship Team
- Jenni Vega - Connect Group Team, Growth Track Team
- Johnny Sencial - Usher Team, Communion Team, Church Operations
- Beverly Beale - Events Team, Hospitality Team
- Debbie O'Connor - Preschool/Nursery Coordinator
- Carol Kellum - Prayer Team
- Mike Harms - Media Team
- Pam Domangue - Administrative Assistant