Meet Our Staff

  • Justin Haigler - Pastor

    Justin grew up in Shreveport. He graduated from Southwood High School and then LSU-S. Born and raised in and around this community, Justin has a heart for the people of it. Originally a worship leader, Justin values the setting and manner to which “church” happens. Justin is always open and honest in his teaching, which means you are guaranteed the truth about love, life, and God.

    Hs favorite quote: “For us to accomplish Christ’s directive, we have come to value the edge over the center, the new over the established, and the lost more than the found.” Dave Ferguson – Church Planter

    Justin married his beautiful wife, Angie, in 1998, and they have 3 wonderful kids: Hannah, Ian and Emma. Justin’s favorite things to do when not working: spending time with his family, golfing, watching the Dallas Cowboys, playing Playstation 3, and visiting Southern California. His favorite books: Chasing Daylight (Erwin McManus); Choosing to Cheat (Andy Stanley); and Every Day Deserves a Chance (Max Lucado). He loves listening to Bryan Adams, U2, and Steven Curtis Chapman.

  • John Haigler - Executive Pastor

    John grew up in South Shreveport, graduated from Caddo Magnet and dabbled in college at LSUS and BPCC.

    His love of Tasty Bakery cakes meant frequent trips to Brookshire’s and that is where he met his beautiful wife Theresa. They have been married 20+ years and are proud parents of two awesome daughters Lauren and Ashley.

    John has a love of anything you can race and has always used his favorite number “17” when he competes. He knew Theresa was his wife-to-be when he went to watch her play softball and discovered the number “17” on her jersey. He is currently the crew chief for the Number “17” Simple Church Mini-Nascar team.

    After working in the corporate world for 13 years John’s ministry career began. He loves serving as the Executive Pastor and helping coordinate LifeGroup leaders for this crazy ride we call The Simple Church! 

  • Chip Mitchell - Productions Pastor

    Chip grew up in Bossier City, graduating from Airline High School. He and his wife, Julie, began dating in 1995 and married in April 2001. Chip received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Mass Communications from LSU-S in 2001. Chip and Julie have 2 children, Allie & Isaac.

    He has worked with computers, media equipment, and video editing since he was a teenager. He also worked in student ministry for 10 years, (5 years as a high school pastor). He was a part of the initial leadership team that launched The Simple Church in 2007. He serves as the producer of the simple church worship services, coordinating all of the video, sound, and production elements.

    He loves Mac computers and is a superhero fan, known lovingly around the office as Batman! He also loves music, especially Bryan Adams and U2. His true love is for his family. Spending time with them is his favorite thing to do. He has passed his love of superheroes on to his daughter, who thinks she’s Wonder Woman, so watch out!!! 

  • Jonathan Machen - Music & Arts Pastor

    Jonathan was born and raised in Bossier City, LA. He is a graduate of Airline High School and received a Bachelors degree from LSUS. 

    Jonathan started playing guitar and piano at the age of 9. Music and art has always been a part of his life. His passion to inspire others through popular music and creativity has led him to the Simple Church.

    He loves spending time with his wife, Jessica, and two beautiful babies, Lincoln and Stevie Rae. 

  • Bill McConathy - Missions Pastor

    Bill is a lifelong resident of Bossier Parish, growing up in Bossier City and now residing in Haughton. He graduated from LA Tech in 1981 with a B.S. in Zoology and in 1983 with a B.S. in Science Education. Bill has worked in the field of education for 20 years as a teacher and a basketball coach and as an employee of BPCC. He and his wife, Anne, have been married for 29 years and have 3 daughters - Jessica, Emily, and Claire.

    Bill served as a youth pastor at FBC Doyline prior to the launching of The Simple Church. He has a passion for missions and loves to "go" and "serve" people in our local community, in our nation, and around the globe. Bill is responsible for coordinating mission projects and mission trips for The Simple Church.

    Bill's interests include outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

  • Bryan Reed - Community Pastor

    Bryan grew up in Tyler, TX and moved to Bossier City in 1995 following time in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. Bryan graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX and MABTS in Memphis, TN. He is dad to Clara, Thomas, Molly and Caroline.

    Bryan enjoys seeing people find their passion and purpose in life through knowing God and serving others.

    When he’s not hanging out at Simple Church Bryan enjoys hanging with family and friends, golf, tennis, Dallas Cowboys, and rooting for the University of Tennessee Volunteers! 

  • Evan Semanco - Student Pastor

    Evan was born in Illinois and moved all over before landing in Bossier City in 1998.  He is a product of Shreveport/Bossier schools, graduating from Cope Middle School, Airline High School, and LSU-S.  He got married in May 2010 to his beautiful bride, Mallory, and welcomed their first child, Norah, in June 2015, who already has him wrapped around her little finger.  He has served in student ministry in some shape or form since he was a freshman in high school, and he loves teenagers because of their passion and what they can accomplish when they set their mind to something.

    Outside of church work he loves Dallas sports, especially the Rangers, and a good game of Ultimate Frisbee.  His favorite verse is Romans 12:2, favorite book is Blue Like Jazz; and favorite band is U2.

  • Christy Aguillard - Preschool & Children's Pastor

    Christy grew up in the Shreveport/Bossier area and went to North Caddo Magnet High School and then attended LA Tech (Go Dawgs) and graduated in 1998. She then went to South Western Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Arts in Christian Education in 2001.

    She has served in preschool/children’s ministry for 14 years. She loves preschoolers and has a passion to be an encouragement and a resource for families. She believes that thru FUN Bible Stories, crafts and games, preschoolers can learn that God made them and Jesus loves them and wants to be their friend!

    When Christy met David (aka Dave), she told her friend that she would marry him one day and she did, 4 years later. They have two beautiful girls, Taylor and Hilary. Together they love to go to Six Flags and other amusement parks and ride thrill rides.

  • Jessica Machen - Children's Ministry Assistant

    Jessica was born and raised in Bossier City, LA. She graduated from Bossier High School in 2000, and attended Guy's Academy of Cosmetology where she earned her license for cosmetology in 2002. She worked for 7 years as a hairdresser at The Parlor Too.

    She started attending the Simple Church in 2008 at the encouragement of Jonathan Machen and has been involved ever since. In October 2009, she and Jonathan married and now reside in North Bossier with their baby boy, Lincoln and baby girl, Stevie Rae. Jessica has a lifelong passion for dance, having participated in both danceline and studio dance for 18 years. She enjoys hanging out with her boo, Jonathan, little man, Lincoln and little Stevie and a wide variety of friends.

    In the fall of 2010 she joined the Simple Church team as the children's ministry director. Since becoming a mom, she has taken on the new role of children's ministry assistant so that she can still follow her passion with helping Simple Kids but also spend time with her babies!

  • Daniel Nelson - Lifegroups Pastor

  • Jonathan Posey - Video Productions Pastor

    Jonathan grew up in Bossier City where he graduated from Airline High School.  He met his beautiful wife Sydney while teaching at BPCC.  They married in 2014 and have 4 children: Brayden, Rae, Caleb and Abel.

    He earned his Associate Degree from BPCC in Communications and his Bachelor’s Degree from NSU. Jonathan has spent his life in media and film. Whether it was in front of the camera at Channel 6 as the youngest Sports Caster in NEXSTAR history at age 17 or educating high school and college students in the art of TV Broadcasting, he has dabbled in every area.

    Jonathan currently serves as the Video Productions Pastor at The Simple Church, where he develops, writes and produces the service videos and stories. He loves to spending his free time with his family, singing with the simple church band, traveling, and watching his beloved Red Sox.

  • Christi Rhodes - Administrative Assistant/Finance

    Christi grew up in Bossier City. She graduated from Airline High School. Christi met Jodie right after high school and they married in 2001. They have 2 children, Jackson and Bella, and dog, Rocky.

    She loves riding motorcycles with her husband, going to the movies, and singing. Christi has been a part of the worship team since September 2007.

    Matthew 11:28 - 30 is her favorite passage.

  • Julie Mitchell - Administrative Assistant

    Julie grew up in Bossier City and began dating Chip while in high school. She graduated from Parkway High School and then from Louisiana Tech in 2000 with a degree in Family Studies. Chip & Julie married in 2001 and have 2 children, Allie & Isaac.

    Julie loves details and has been helping behind the scenes at The Simple Church from the beginning. She also helps coordinate one of the toddler rooms on Sundays.

    She loves movie nights on the couch with her family, a peaceful shopping experience at Target, and eating chocolate every day!!!