Staff

Our team is invested in New Orleans – we live here, go to church here, serve our neighbors and live out the Gospel in the city we love. Investing in relationships year-round is what makes MissionLab different, and you can trust that the work will continue even after you’ve left New Orleans.

At the end of the day, we’re about the Gospel of Jesus Christ changing the lives of real people. In a city where the need is so evident, we can’t help but be moved to act. We see the Gospel at work and we see our city becoming stronger and more hopeful because of it.

Pete Harbin, Director

Pete was born and raised in Northport, AL. He went on his first international mission trip at the age of 15 and has had a passion for overseas missions ever since. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2010, ROLL TIDE. He then volunteered with the mission organization The Grain Game for two years. He received his M. Div. in Missions from NOBTS in 2015. He enjoys time in the water whether that be swimming in the ocean or going on a boat in the lake.

 

Ryan Watts, Videographer

Ryan is a New Orleans native who loves all the different adventures that this city has to offer.  He enjoys all the festivals that happen in NOLA, taking in the music, the good food, and the culture. Ryan can also be found supporting New Orleans’ major sports teams, both the Pelicans and the Saints. When Ryan needs to get away and relax away from school, you’ll find him playing basketball, kayaking, riding his biking, or finding interesting places in the city to video.  He enjoys house music and EDM, especially Avicii. Ryan is a student at the University of Louisiana Lafayette where he’s working on a degree in Moving Image Arts, and he’s been doing video work for about five years.

 

Taylor Baker, Ministry Site Coordinator

Taylor is from Jonesboro, Arkansas and attended Williams Baptist College in the massive city of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where he met and married the most beautiful woman in the world, Kayla. He moved to New Orleans this January to attend seminary. His favorite time of year is basketball season when he can usually be found cheering for the Duke Blue Devils or the Memphis Grizzlies. He has a secret addiction to Chick-Fil-A. He is excited for the opportunity that coordinating sites gives him to minister in the city of New Orleans.

Bob Jackson, Associate Director – Adult and Family Programs

Bob has served with MissionLab since September 2005. He has a passion for missions, having served with the International Mission Board for ten years working among Muslims in restricted access countries. Bob has a pastor’s heart and desires to lead others to have a passion for missions and reaching the lost for Christ. Bob is a graduate of NOBTS, and New Orleans is his hometown.

 

Steven Polk, Marketing and Sales

Steven was born and raised in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He has served with MissionLab as a summer missionary in 2013 and 2014, and as a summer intern 2015 and 2016. During his free time, Steven likes exploring the city, checking out some of the live music and festivals, and spending time with his friends. He’s a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints, the LA Tech Bulldogs, and the LSU Tigers. Steven graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2015 with a B.S. in Marketing, and has lived in New Orleans ever since.

 
 
 

Emily Sloane, Administrative Assistant

Emily was born in Baton Rouge, LA and raised in Richmond, VA. She returned to Louisiana for a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Louisiana State University and started studying at NOBTS in January of 2016 for an MA in Discipleship. She is passionate about disciple making and discipleship in the local church and is excited to serve with MissionLab to see that happen in New Orleans. In her free time Emily can be found outside hiking, hammocking, exploring, and spending time with friends.