Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances in the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.

1. We are guided by Pastors

The Pastoral staff team is led by the Lead Pastor. This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. These staff pastors serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the church. The Pastor Leadership Team members serve as Staff Elders.

Ben Davis

Lead Pastor

Ben loves golf, ice cream, watching sports, and  inviting people to enjoy friendship with God.
After touring with a Christian band as a drummer for seven years (where he met and fell in love with his wife Melanie) and earning his B.A. in Business from Southeastern Louisiana University, Ben became the Associate Pastor at The Mission Church in Hammond, LA where he served for ten years until the end of 2012.

Ben and Melanie have been married for 21 years, and have four energetic boys, Jackson, Silas, Luke, and Ezra. Melanie was born and raised in Lafayette, and earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from LSU.

In January 2012, Ben and Melanie felt drawn back to Lafayette to plant a life-giving church in Melanie’s hometown. Fourteen months later, with the support and partnership of their home church, The Mission Church, along with the ARC (Association of Related Churches), they moved to Lafayette in March of 2013 and planted Pathway Church in September of that same year.

Together, Ben and Melanie have a desire to share the love of Jesus, and to see people reach their full potential. They are dedicated to creating a culture of healthy leadership, strong marriages and families, and seeing the next generation go further for the cause of Christ. They are excited to be in the city they love, and to be a part of what God is doing in South Louisiana.

2. We are protected by Trustees

The Trustees are  members of the congregation who oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Lead Pastor Leadership team regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Trustees serve as Non-staff Elders.

3. We are strengthened by Overseers

The Overseers are  pastors of respected congregations and ministries who love Pathway Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Lead Pastor if requested by the Pastors or Trustees. The Overseers serve as Apostolic Elders.
The Overseers for Pathway Church are:

Pastor Deven & Kathy Pedeaux

The Mission Church, Hammond La

Pastor Scott & Vanessa Bledsoe

Household of Faith, Gonzales La

Pastor Josh & Amber Canizaro

One Hope Church, New Orleans La

Pastor Scott Hornsby

Founding Board member ARC (Association of Related Churches)

Pathway Church is an inter-denominational, evangelical church that is accountable to a board of Spiritual Overseers, and the ARC (Association of Related Churches). The ARC is a network of existing churches/organizations and church planters who combine their relational, leadership, and financial resources together to empower churches around the world and start life-giving churches.