Our Team


  • Rev. Derek Joyce

    Executive Pastor

    Derek grew up in Shreveport, LA. He came to know Christ during his college years through the ministry of the Louisiana Tech Wesley Foundation. He graduated form Louisiana Tech University in 1997 with a degree in aviation (a perfect degree for ministry!). He married his wife Jamie in November of 1997, and today they are proud parents of their daughter, Mackenzie.


    Derek is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and has been at First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, since 2002.  He currently serves as an associate pastor. He loves watching movies with his family, cycling, reading, and laughter.

  • Heather Gunter

    Director of Contemporary Worship

    Heather Gunter was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. She is an alumna of LSU-S and a 2011 graduate of LA Tech with a Masters of Arts in Teaching. In November of 2008, Heather married Derek Gunter and in November of 2014, they welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world named Liam. She also has a spoiled cat named Toby that keeps life interesting! Worship, music, and songwriting are her greatest passions. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, playing Mario, and cooking. Heather's favorite scripture is Romans 8, and her favorite worship song is Death Was Arrested by North Point Worship.

  • Jamie Sanders

    Altar Design

    Jamie Sanders is the creative genius behind the amazing sets for our FaithLink service. He’s an accomplished artist and extremely handy! We are so blessed to have Jamie on our team!

  • Erik Rasmussen

    Director Connect Group, Singles, Counseling, & Marriage Ministries

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  • Derek Gunter

    Band Leader/Acoustic Guitar

    Derek’s musical endeavors started when he bought his first drum kit at the age of 13. Over the next few years, music began to transform from just a hobby to a true passion. At age 16, Derek began learning both the guitar and bass guitar. He enjoys playing all of these instruments, but the one he connects with the most is the acoustic guitar. He has been leading/assisting worship for 20 years. Professionally, Derek has been working for Claiborne Sharp Professional Audio for over 15 years doing service, training, installation, and system design. He also enjoys recording and producing in his home studio. Derek has been married to his wife, Heather, for 9 years. Together, they have a 3 year old son named Liam and a mischievous cat named Toby. When Derek is not playing music, he enjoys cycling, carpentry work, watching movies, and spending time working outdoors. His favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31, and his favorite worship song is Reckless Love by Cory Asbury.

  • Jonathan Jackson

    Keyboard/Vocals

    Jonathan was born in San Antonio, but moved frequently depending on where the Air Force stationed his father. His love for music began early on. He grew up watching his mom play the piano and his dad sing. Around age 10, he joined the choir at his church and thus began his journey with music. Altogether, Jonathan has been singing and playing instruments for around 30 years. His primary instrument is the piano; however, he also knows how to play the guitar, bass, drums, and (his initial instrument) the trumpet. After high school, Jonathan went to college briefly, but decided to join the Army. He was part of the 25th Infantry Division for 3 years where he was stationed in Hawaii. The most interesting place he traveled to in the Army was Japan. Jonathan has a really cool job! He works as a Lieutenant for the CSI Department of Bossier Parish. He also is married to the beautiful Michelle Jackson, has 3 beautiful daughters: Leah, Lexie, and Aubry, and 2 energetic stepsons: Miller and Grady. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, watching tv, spending time with his family, and being outdoors. We are so blessed to have Jonathan as part of our worship team!

  • Jessica Baker

    Vocals

    Jessica was born in Odessa, TX and raised here in Shreveport, LA. She has been singing even before she could really talk. In fact, as a child, Jessica loved singing so much that she never left home without her red Playskool cassette player that had a yellow microphone attached to it so she could sing to the mixed tapes her mom made for her. In addition to singing, Jessica plays the guitar and a little piano. In 2010, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from LSUS with a degree in Marketing. For 6 1/2 years, Jessica was in a cover band called The Groove Agents that played at various local and out of town venues. She has tried out for American Idol twice and even recorded a demo in Nashville in 2008. In her free time, Jessica enjoys fishing, working out and running, hunting, and camping. She has been singing with the FaithLink Worship Team for 3 years now! We are so happy to have her as part of our wonderful community & look forward to seeing the ways God will continue move in her life!

  • Roger Barnes

    Audio Engineer

    Roger is a Shreveport, Louisiana native and graduate of LSU Baton Rouge school of business. He has lived and worked as a keyboard player/vocalist in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Nashville.His touring credits include Canada, with the Red River Revel; Norway, with Dennis LaCorrie of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and Mexico, with The Hamilton, Ontario Arts Festival. Roger is also a recording engineer producer, who has worked on albums by Dorsey Summerfield and the Polyfonics, Seva May (former Miss Georgia) ,bluesman Buddy Flett and The Red River Revel Louisiana State of Mind artist compilation album, featuring Kenny Wayne. He is also the recording engineer for the Human Metronome-a classical cello duet, featuring Ruth Drummond of the Shreveport Symphony and Paul Christopher of Northwestern State University. Roger currently lives in Shreveport and performs as a solo artist and keyboardist for Jazziana ,as well as being an audio engineer for the contemporary service of First United Methodist Church.

  • Daniel Colosimo

    Bass Guitar

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  • Chase Edwards

    Acoustic Guitar

    Chase has been playing the acoustic guitar in FaithLink since mid 2017. He started playing the guitar in 2013. Currently, Chase is a Junior at C.E. Byrd High School. In his free time, Chase enjoys Boy Scouts, rock climbing, and anything that gets his adrenaline pumping. His favorite worship song is 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman, and his favorite scripture is Exodus 4:12.

  • Henry Edwards

    Violin

    Henry plays the violin for FaithLink, but he can also play the viola, guitar, tenor banjo, and flute. He has been part of the FaithLink Team for 12 years now, but has been playing the violin for 41 years. Henry’s mom is a retired music teacher, so music is something that his whole family is passionate about. In college, Henry obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Violin Performance. Currently, in addition to playing for FaithLink each Sunday, Henry is a violinist for the Shreveport Symphony and works as the Membership Director for Red River Radio. In his free time, Henry loves to go on walks before work each morning, play chess and card games, cooking, and watching basketball on t.v. He has a cat named McWayne who is his much loved companion. We are so blessed to have Henry as part of our community and are thankful for all he contributes to our worship service each week!

  • Bob Holladay

    Vocals

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  • Carrie Irvin

    Vocals

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  • Jerry Lee

    Electric Guitar

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  • Collin McDonald

    Drums/Percussion

    Collin started off playing the guitar, but realized he enjoyed playing the drums more. He has been playing the drums for 12 years now. Currently, Collin is a teacher at Ruston High School.  In his free time, Collin enjoys playing golf and other sports and hanging out with his friends. At Tech, he has been a cheerleader for two years now (last year he was the mascot) and he is also a member of the 2014 orientation staff. Collin has been playing the drums/percussion for FaithLink for about 7 years now! We are so blessed to have him as such an integral part of our worship team and look forward to all the many wonderful things God has planned for him.

  • Mark Mitchell

    Lighting

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  • Chris Williams

    Vocals

    Chris has been singing on the FaithLink worship team since 2017. He has been singing in church most of his life. In fact, he was in a church band with his mother and sister when he was 13. In addition to singing, Chris also plays the drums. Chris has a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University and attended SMU for 2 years. He has a beautiful wife, Melissa, and together they have three awesome kids, Trevor, Ainsley, and Emma. In his free time, Chris likes to exercise, deer hunt, and golf. Chris's favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, and his favorite worship song is By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North.

  • Eric Sullivan

    Visual Media

    Eric has been running visual media in FaithLink since 2015. In addition to running media, Eric plays desktop percussion, air guitar, provides deep background silent harmonies, and is always prepared to provide witty suggestions. He has a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana Tech University and has lived in Shreveport since 1992. Aside of his silent musical contributions and mad media skills, Eric enjoys triathlons, karate, travel, and spending time with his incredible wife, Vicki. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, and Revelation Song by Kari Jobe is his favorite worship song.