The Reverend Michael J. Bordelon, M.Div.
Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
The Rev. Michael J. Bordelon was installed as the seventh Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in August of 2019. Fr. Michael is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana and holds degrees from Louisiana College, BS and The University of the South, M.Div. Prior to being called to ordained life, Michael had a business career with a Fortune 500 company: Stryker Orthopedics, specializing in Total Joint Replacement. Before coming to St. Barnabas, Fr. Michael was the Curate and School Chaplain of Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana. Fr. Michael is married to Lauren Bordelon. They have two dogs and two beautiful children, Hollis and Henry.
Fr. Michael enjoys summer camp, meeting new friends, practical jokes and looking for any possible opportunity to talk about Jesus Christ and then making that love real in the world.
The Reverend Benjamin Thoms, M.Div.
The Rev. Benjamin Thoms began his work as Curate at St. Barnabas in May of 2023 after graduating with his M.Div. from The School of Theology at The University of the South. Fr. Ben was also ordained to the Priesthood at Saint Barnabas in May of 2023 as well. A native of Louisiana, he is the youngest of four and also holds a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. He enjoys sharing life in all of its joys with his husband, Jacob,
His passion is telling of God's love for all in Christ and the Mission of the Church: "to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ... as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love." (The Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, 854).
Director of Youth Formation & Parish Administration
Etienna Wright is the Director of Youth Formation at St. Barnabas. Before coming to St. Barnabas, Etienna worked in non-profit leadership in the Lafayette area for twelve years, mostly with the Lafayette Education Foundation where she served as Programs Director before being named Executive Director. Etienna has served on the Vestry and as Sr. Warden at St. Barnabas. Etienna has also been involved in Children's ministry at St. Barnabas for several years in a volunteer capacity before moving into a staff position. Etienna considers it a blessing to be afforded the opportunity to serve the St. Barnabas community as part of the staff.
When not at St. Barnabas, Etienna enjoys spending time with her husband, Peter, and their three children, Claudia, Samuel and Benjamin. Etienna is also very active in the theatre community in Lafayette.
Director of Mother's Day Out
Tera Melancon is the Director of the St. Barnabas Little Lambs Mother's Day Out program. She is originally from the Fort Worth, Texas area and moved to Lafayette in 2015. Tera graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Reading, then received an Alternative Masters in Educational Leadership. Tera taught for four years in Texas and spent the last six years teaching Kindergarten Spanish/English dual language immersion in the Lafayette Parish School System. Her passion is early childhood education, and she loves learning about students' different backgrounds and cultures.
Tera enjoys spending time with her two sweet girls, Ella and Amelia, her husband Matthew, her parents, Lori and Terry, and her grandmother, Janice. Tera also loves spending time outdoors camping, gardening, and riding her bike, and she loves reading, as well as collecting books.
Director of Communications
Hannah is our Director of Communications. She is a lifelong member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and feels incredibly privileged to have been raised in the Episcopal community. She graduated from ULL in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focusing on Hospitality Management and has since worked in non-profit spaces coordinating events, marketing, fundraising, and social media management.
Hannah enjoys baking, cooking with her friends, learning, loving people, enjoying all that Acadiana has to offer, and spending time with her four older sisters and two niblings, Jude and Estelle.
Director of Finance
Lisa LaVigne Billiot is the bookkeeper St. Barnabas. Lisa joins the St. Barnabas team with over 27 years of experience in finance, working in property management, real estate, building materials, health club, and heavy civil construction accounting. Lisa is a native of Marrero, Louisiana, having moved to Lafayette in February 2020 with her husband Jerry Billiot, Sr. She is a mother of four children Jerry Jr., Chase, Shannon and Baylie, and a grandmother of two beautiful children, Brad and Banks. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and is an LSU and Saints football fan, attending every game possible.
Director of Music
Shawn Roy is a professor at UL Lafayette, working as Voice Instructor and Director of Opera and Musical Theatre activities. Shawn regularly performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and does recital work around the country. He and his colleague, pianist Chan Kiat Lim, have released a CD entitled "An American Kaleidoscope: Song Cycles through the lenses of William Bolcom, John Duke, Thomas Pasatieri and Ned Rorem" on the Centaur Records label. The CD is available in Lafayette at Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
Director of Congregational Vitality
Phyllis is a sixth generation Louisianian who went to kindergarten in Morocco, junior
high in Japan, and graduated from high school in Honolulu. She was born in Alexandria. Before retiring (for the first time) in 2008, Phyllis served as Special Assistant to Governor Kathleen Blanco and, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism. For nearly 10 years, she worked for Cleco, first in corporate communications, then as Manager of New Business and Product Development. Her professional background also includes arts administration, media relations and advertising.
Phyllis received her undergraduate degree from LSU and masters from UNO. She was the first woman elected to the Alexandria City Council, and in 2007, was inducted into the Louisiana Center for Women and Government's Hall of Fame. She moved to Lafayette in 2010 to be near her two children and started attending St. Barnabas. Phyllis is a regular at Tuesday Morning Prayer Group & Bible Study, on the Pastoral Care team, and serves as a Eucharistic Minister.
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