Leadership

Pastor

Wimbai Mutonono

Wimbai initially joined to Journey Christian Church as Interim Lead Pastor in 2014.  In the Spring of 2015 Wimbai and his family officially confirmed the desire to serve at Journey Christian Church.  Wimbai’s vision is to see Journey grow to be a place where people experience and share God’s grace, and a place where people find their next steps toward Jesus.

Wimbai has great passion for teaching and preaching, and loves connecting with people in the context of relational ministry.

Prior to coming to Journey Wimbai served as Founding Executive Director with Gulf South Leadership Institute, a Greater New Orleans non-profit that served churches and faith-based non profits with leadership development services and resources.

Wimbai and his wife Lena are both graduates of Kentucky Christian University, an Independent Christian Church school in Grayson, Kentucky.  Wimbai and Lena have two children Stephen and Vera.

Find him on Facebook or email him at wimbai@journeyneworleans.org

Elders

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Carl Duvigneaud

Carl is a New Orleans native.  He attended DeLaSalle HS and Tulane University.  His two children, Carl III and Danielle, both graduated of University of New Orleans. He presently works in Pre-Need Funeral Plans for Security National Life Insurance company.

Carl was confirmed as an elder July 2021.

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Eric Fillinger

Eric is a New Orleans transplant from one of those Ohio cities that starts with a “C”, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati… Doesn’t matter, he’s here now (the correct answer is Columbus).  His wife, Jennifer, and kids made the journey down to NOLA after Katrina to help with the rebuilding efforts. Later on in their stay Eric started Hope Church in Mid City.  After some time, Jen and Eric came to Journey and loved what they saw God doing in this church.  So… they stayed.

Eric was confirmed as an elder July 2021.

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Kyle Foster

Born into a home in River Ridge (they used to call it Harahan) Kyle also called Folsom, Shreveport, Dallas, and Seattle home. In 2013 he returned to family settled in and around Old Jefferson. He has been a baker, warehouse worker, and a parts representative amongst other things. Kyle also plays the drums and opts to ride his bike to the church on sunny days. He previously served at the Seattle Vineyard and Westside Church as a drummer on the worship team.

Kyle was confirmed as an elder July 2019.

You can reach Kyle at kyle.foster@journeyneworleans.org

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Javier Pineda

Javier was born in the Central American country of Costa Rica but was raised a New Orleanian.  He attended Isidore Newman HS and Tulane University. The Saints are his favorite sports team outside of soccer.  Javier loves diversity and culture, so much so that he married a lovely Filipina in 2012.  They have two Asian-Hispanic daughters of elementary school age who love to come to Journey to spend time with their spiritual family.

Javier was confirmed as an elder July 2021.

You can reach Javier at javier.pineda@journeyneworleans.org

Past Elders

We would like to thank the elders who have come been faithful to the Journey community.  Their service has helped shape Journey Church.  We are grateful for your service to this community.

Fernando Guzman

Gary Lazarre

Ben Licata

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