The University Team

Meet our Shepherds, Ministers, & Staff

Shepherds

Dee Bristow

Shepherd

Dee is originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma. He has been married to his wife, Marilyn, since 1973. Dee and Marilyn have two grown daughters, Jenny and Laura.  Dee retired after selling his Mack/Kenworth truck dealership in Lafayette, LA in 2008 and moved to Bossier City. Dee and Marilyn have been members of University since 2009. 

Wendell Glass

Shepherd

Wendell is a native of Shreveport. He has been married to his wife, Rhonda, since 1977. They have two children.  Wendell and Rhonda have been members of University since 1985. 

Ike House

Shepherd

Ike is a native of Houston, Texas but has resided in the Shreveport area since 1966.  He and his wife, Robin, are both graduates of CE Byrd and LSU. Ike has been married to Robin since 1982 and have three children. He has been a family and cosmetic dentist for 30 years in the suburb of Haughton. Ike and Robin have been members at University since 2000. 

John Kerley

Shepherd

John is a native of Shreveport. He has been married to his wife, Joyce, since 1978. He is a retired Civics teacher. John, Joyce and Jennifer have been members of University since 1987. 

Wayne Simmons

Shepherd

Wayne and his wife, Gale, are natives of Shreveport. They have been married since 1981 and have three grown children: Stefanie, Derek, and Callie. Wayne has owned his own business, Shreveport Electric, for more than twenty years. Wayne and Gale have been members at University since 2010. 

Ministers

Jerry Hodge

Pulpit Minister

Jerry is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. He has been married to his wife, Lori since 1988. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. Jerry and Lori have 3 children: Hailey, Heather and Caleb. Jerry and his family have been members of University since 1994. 

Stuart Freeman

Associate Minister

Stuart is originally from Midland, Texas. He has been married to his wife, Jelisa since 1985. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. Stuart and Jelisa have 2 children: Aubrey and Trevor. Stuart and his family have been members of University since 1996. 

Brian Petree

Youth Minister

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Brian has been all over the South, including a five-year stint in West Monroe. He met his wife, Emilee, at Harding University and they were married in 2014. Brian graduated in 2013 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Other than golf or Tennessee football, Brian's true passion is creating deep relationships and growing them through Christ. 

Emilee Petree

Children's Program Director

Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Emilee graduated from Harding University in 2013. She moved to Shreveport when her husband, Brian, became the Youth Minister. She was named the interim Children’s Program Director in April 2018 and became University’s full-time Children’s Program Director in August 2018. Emilee loves working with children of all ages.

Staff

Paula Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Marnita Ware

Financial Administrator

Ashley Dillard

Communications Administrator

Mike Thomas

Building Administrator

Bob Mosley Jr.

Facilities Manager