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"Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."


-Acts 20:28

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Bro. Dickie Nelson, 

Senior Pastor

Cell: 985-520-2527

Email: [email protected]

Bro. Dickie Nelson received his B.S. in Chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master's of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dickie began his ministry at Westside in July of 2016. He and his wife Dee spent 29 years with the IMB in South America and leadership roles at the home office in Richmond, VA. Dickie has passion for preaching God's Word and leading others to Christ.

Brittany Hastings

Worship Leader

Brittany was raised in Hammond and has a heart for serving the area through worship. At a young age, she felt the calling of the Lord to music. Brittany started a music career in 2003. She had the privilege of meeting a lot of people and toured many places, but God was calling her to sing for Him in the local church. She now enjoys serving with her husband and teaching her son, Brooks, to follow God’s call on their lives. 

Blake Becnel

Associate Pastor, Young Adult/Youth Pastor

Cell: 985-974-4247

Email: [email protected]

Blake received his B.S. in Sociology from Louisiana Tech University and is currently pursuing a Master's from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Blake began his ministry in July of 2017 with his wife Dana. A gifted teacher, he leads young adults and youth  in their knowledge and understanding of the bible. Blake also holds the position of Associate Pastor at Westside and takes an active role in preaching the gospel as well as other administrative duties. 

Dana Becnel

Minister to Children

Email: [email protected]

Dana was raised in Ponchatoula as a member of Westside Baptist Church, where she met her husband, Blake, in youth group. Dana recognized a calling to work with children early in her life, having the opportunity to direct many children’s summer camp programs through the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge (JBRC). In 2016, Dana received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Louisiana Tech University. After teaching four years in the classroom and serving alongside Blake’s Ministry, God began to mold Dana’s talents and passions towards the local church. Now with a one year old son, Dana directs the Children’s Program at Westside Baptist Church, ministering to children and families. 

Email: [email protected]