Meet Our Pastors
Rev. Ken Richmond
Minister of Christian Education
Rev. Ken Richmond has been involved in ministry for the past 35 years. Raised in a pastor’s home he is a native of Arkansas. He first attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma when he felt a direct call to pastoral ministry and then transferred to Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie Texas in 1979. While attending southwestern he met his wife Denise, a native of Bossier City.
Ken received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration upon graduation from Evangel University in Springfield Missouri in 1982. He was ordained as an Assemblies of God minister in April of 1987. Ken has served in various facets of ministry: youth pastor, minister of music, associate pastor and senior pastor.
In 2008, Pastor Ken joined the staff of Central Assembly to serve as the Minister of Christian Education and Missions. He and his wife Denise have two children and five grandchildren. Denise has a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a Diagnostic Certification and works in Caddo Parish Schools.
Rev. Jeremy Smith
Rev. Jeremy Smith has been involved in ministry for twenty years. He was raised in the South Heights Church of God (Cleveland, TN) in Searcy, AR, which his grandfather Rev. Virgil Weathers pastored for twenty-five years. It was in this church Jeremy was saved, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and called into ministry. When he was in high school (after his grandfather’s retirement from ministry), his family transitioned to First Assembly of God in Searcy, AR, where he met his wife Heather. Jeremy and Heather’s teenage years were greatly influenced by the ministry of Rev. & Mrs. Kenny Maness (who were the youth pastors of Searcy First Assembly during these years).
Jeremy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Literature from the Ozark Bible Institute and College in 1997. His pastoral internship was completed at Broadway Assembly in Lorain, OH, under the leadership of Rev. Gerald Hood. He and Heather served at a home-missions church in Washington, IN, early in their ministry. From 2000-2004, their ministry was in the state of Missouri - in both Marshall (where their son Trevor was born) with Rev. Peter Kraft and in Festus (where their son Nicolas was born) with Rev. Ray Thomas. Jeremy received his Ordination (April 23, 2003) while in the Southern Missouri District. From 2004-2013, the Smith’s ministered in Arkansas - in both Greers Ferry (as pastor) and in Hot Springs with Rev. Wayne Gore. They began their ministry at The Church of the Cross under Rev. Andy Harris in April 2013.
Musically, Jeremy has been greatly influenced through the years by the ministry of Carol Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Other influences include: Lanny Wolfe, Geron Davis, the Pentecostals of Alexandria, the NMMC Choir, the Christ Church Choir, Clint Brown, Mark Condon, Chris Tomlin, and others. He is thankful for his piano teachers throughout the years (Ellen Brown, Jenny Henderson, Peggy Lewis, and Neva White) - especially those who bridged the gap from classical to ear-training (Lisa Gaddy, Jeromy Hoffee, Charlotte Brown, and Tim Mullinax).
His wife and best friend Heather works for the Bossier Parish Library System. They have 2 children, Trevor and Nicolas.
Rev. Jeff Manuel
Rev. Jeff Manuel was born August 21, 1987, in DeQueen Arkansas. He spent the majority of his life in the great state of Oklahoma. As a Pastor's son, he has devoted his entire life to the ministry. God directed him to Southwestern Assemblies of God University August 2006 where he was called to Children's Ministry. He is an Ordained Assembly of God pastor, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Children's and Family Ministries.
God directed Jeff to the love of his life, Brayden, while attending SAGU. Jeff married Brayden Manuel July 17, 2009. She also has had a family history of involvement in the ministry in Tennessee. While attending college at SAGU, Jeff and Brayden served as Children's Pastors at All Nations Church in inner-city Arlington, TX. Also, Jeff interned at The Church of the Cross during the Summer of 2008.
The moment he arrived, he knew it felt like home, but never thought God would call him back so soon. Only four months later, January 1, 2009, Jeff accepted the position of Children's Pastor. Jeff and Brayden work hand in hand as they join with parents in raising young followers of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Chad Rhodes
Rev. and Mrs. Chadwick Rhodes came on staff at Central on December 13, 2008. Chad moved from Hornbeck, La. to Northwest Louisiana on January 10, 2000. Soon after, he met Cindy Patton of Minden, LA and they were married in June of 2001. While Chad came to us from the Baptist church, Cindy was raised Assembly of God. The Rhodes began attending Central in the summer of 2000. In October of 2006, Chad gave his heart to the Lord and was filled with Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Little did he know that his life would never be the same again!
After running from the call of God on his life, Chad answered that call in May of 2007. He is currently attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University through Distance Education. When Cindy was asked, "How does it feel being in the ministry," she replied, "I always knew that I would be in the ministry and when Chad answered the call, it was no surprise to the both of us." Cindy is devoted to staying at home raising their 3 wonderful children: Cameron born September 28, 2001, Clayton born August 24, 2004 and their niece Pamela Patton born July 3, 2001. Their heart's desire is to abandon their lives for Jesus Christ and to lead as many people as possible to do the same!