About LBU

Leading the Way in Christian Education for Over 50 Years

For over 50 years, LBU has embraced new educational paradigms and remains a leader in training 21st Century world changers. Join us and experience the LBU difference.

Our History

Louisiana Baptist University was founded in 1973 with the mission to provide faith-based higher education that integrates biblical principles across academic disciplines. Emerging from the vision of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, LBU was established as a private Christian liberal arts college intent on training students for service and leadership.

In our beginning, LBU focused on education degrees to prepare future pastors and teachers. Over the decades, the curriculum expanded to include Christian Counseling and Communication and Leadership degrees. Even
with our changes, LBU remains grounded in its biblical heritage and dedication to equipping students to fulfill the Great Commission.

Doctrinal Statement

In 1973, LBU was founded on the Word of God. Today, LBU continues to stand on the inspired, inerrant Word of God, in its entirety, as our authority in an age of ideological and theological compromise.

Louisiana Baptist University and Seminary is founded on the following doctrines. We believe...

Leadership

Continuing the vision of Dr. J.G. Tharpe and Dr. Neal Weaver, Dr. Gregory S. Lyons has served as President since 2022. Under Dr. Lyon’s guidance, LBU is continuing to embrace new educational paradigms and remains a leader in training 21st Century world changers to fulfill the Great Commission.

Dr. Gregory S. Lyons

President

Dr. Gregory S. Lyons serves as the President of East Coast Baptist College, bringing over 20 years of leadership in Christian higher education. Prior to his presidency, Dr. Lyons held various administrative roles at ECBC including Vice President of Academics and Dean of the School of Ministry.

Dr. Lyons received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from East Coast Baptist College, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education from Andersonville Theological Institute.

Beyond his administrative expertise, Dr. Lyons has contributed to academia through teaching, mentoring students, and published works. He has taught theology, biblical counseling, and homiletics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. His academic commentaries and articles have appeared in various ministry journals and publications.

Office Contact

Chris Keeny, Executive Assistant to the Office of the President

ckeeny@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Dr. Gregory S. Lyons

President

Dr. Gregory S. Lyons serves as the President of Louisiana Baptist University, bringing over 25 years of leadership in ministry and Christian higher education. Prior to his presidency, Dr. Lyons founded and is still a part of several ministries in the Philippines: Community Baptist Church (1994); Global Surge urban church-planting ministry (1994), Global Life University (formerly Baptist Bible College Asia) (1999), Youth JAM/Hoop Heaven International (2000), Global Surge International School (2000), Kidz JAM (2003), Megacity Community Development International, Inc. (2005), Global Youth Revolution (2006), Non-Facility Dependent Urban Church Planting Strategy (2007), Global Missionary Clearinghouse (2017), S4 Conferences (2018).

Office Contact

president@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Neal Weaver, PH.D., D.D

Chancellor

Dr. Neal Weaver serves as Chancellor at Louisiana Baptist University, bringing over 30 years of ministerial leadership and teaching experience. Dr. Weaver holds B.A., M.Th., and Th.D. degrees from Eastern Baptist Institute, a D.Min. degree from Baptist Christian University, and a Ph.D. from Holy Trinity Seminary.

Dr. Mark Conn

Vice-President

Mark Conn is the Vice President of LBU and divides his time between Shreveport and the picturesque Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. With a career spanning over three decades in higher education, Mark has helped shape the minds and hearts of countless ministry students. His teaching portfolio encompasses a range of subjects, including Bible studies, Biblical Prophecy, Christian Ministry, Cultural Engagement, and Pastoral Studies. One of his foremost passions lies in guiding students to wrestle with the authentic message of the Bible, steering them away from interpretations based in cultural tradition.

Contact

mconn@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Dr. Walter Swaim

Academic Dean

Dr. Walter Swaim joined the Leadership team at LBU in 2023. He earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from LBU. He brings with him the experiences of being a missionary in Argentina and to the Hispanics of South Florida for fifteen years and being a pastor for eighteen years.

Contact

wswaim@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Dr. David Keeny

Dean of Seminary

Dr. David Keeny serves as Dean of the Seminary. He holds a Doctorate of Theology from Louisiana Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from the Baptist Bible Graduate School of Theology in Springfield, Missouri. He has been with the University for fifteen years. His interests are in the Biblical languages and theological studies.

Contact

dkeeny@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Dr. Jay Foster

Dean of Christian Counseling

Dr. Jay Foster joined LBU in January 2019 as the Director of Prisoner Ministry. In June 2019, he also became the Dean of Biblical Christian Counseling. He earned a B.A. with a double major in Christian Ministry and Behavioral Science from East Texas Baptist University, a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Louisiana Baptist University.

Contact

jfoster@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Misael Rodriguez

Director of Hispanic Department

Misael Rodriguez joined LBU as the Director of Hispanic Department in 2022. He and his family immigrated to the United States in 2012. In 1993, he graduated from the Baptist Theological Seminary of Havana, Cuba, and pastored several church in the Western Cuban Baptist Convention. He also holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Master in Christian Ministries from Cuba. He has a Master in Theological Studies from SWBTS.

Contact

mrodriguez@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Dr. Edgar Trinidad

Associate Dean of Counseling

Dr. Edgar Trinidad has been an adjunct instructor for LBU for many years. He joined LBU as the Associate Dean of Counseling in 2023. He holds a B.A. in theology, an M.A. in counseling, and a Doctorate. He is a Certified Master Life Coach and Master Coach in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Contact

#@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Dr. Jay Foster

Dean of Christian Counseling

Dr. Jay Foster joined LBU in January 2019 as the Director of Prisoner Ministry. In June 2019, he also became the Dean of Biblical Christian Counseling. He earned a B.A. with a double major in Christian Ministry and Behavioral Science from East Texas Baptist University, a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Louisiana Baptist University.

Contact

jfoster@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Lisa Lawrence

Registrar​

Mrs. Lisa Lawrence joined LBU in 2021as the Registrar. She holds a B.S. degree from Baptist Bible College, an M.Ed. degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, and an M.A. degree from Missouri State University.

Contact

llawrence@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Terri Graham

Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Terri Graham began as an Administrative Assistant in January 2020 before moving into her current role as Chief Financial Officer/HR manager in June 2021. She is a 2023 graduate of LBU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Christian Counseling. She is currently pursuing Master Mental Health Coach and Professional Life Coach Certification.

Contact

tgraham@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Janice Alvarado

Receptionist

Contact

jalvardo@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Jai Tibayan

Assistant Registrar

Jai became the Assistant Registrar in June 2023. In the Philippines, she is a National Topnotcher with a rank of 8 and an overall rating of 93%. She holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education with a major in Special Education and passed the Board of Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers in 2022.

Contact

jai@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Accreditation & Affiliations

Our mission is, and always has been, to train people for ministry. Because of the unique education we provide and because of our strong belief in the separation of powers, we have not invited government oversight of our programs. Even though we are not accredited, we uphold high standards of academic integrity. In fact, several accredited schools have accepted our credits and our graduates’ degrees.
LBU is recognized by the Louisiana Board of Regents to grant degrees and is reviewed annually.

Baptist Bible Fellowship International

LBU is an approved school of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International.

The Baptist Bible Fellowship International is a fellowship of pastors, churches, missionaries and educational institutions worldwide, affiliated with the purpose of evangelism, discipleship and church planting worldwide.

BBFI Missions

The BBFI Mission Office serves over 700 missionaries in over 80 countries around the world, over 4,000 US churches and over 20,000 churches outside the US. The LBU missions courses are approved by the BBFI Mission Office to meet the educational requirements for Career Missionary Approval. For more information, visit bbfimissions.com.

Dr. Gregory S. Lyons

President

Dr. Gregory S. Lyons serves as the President of Louisiana Baptist University, bringing over 25 years of leadership in ministry and Christian higher education. Prior to his presidency, Dr. Lyons founded and is still a part of several ministries in the Philippines: Community Baptist Church (1994); Global Surge urban church-planting ministry (1994), Global Life University (formerly Baptist Bible College Asia) (1999), Youth JAM/Hoop Heaven International (2000), Global Surge International School (2000), Kidz JAM (2003), Megacity Community Development International, Inc. (2005), Global Youth
Revolution (2006), Non-Facility Dependent Urban Church Planting Strategy (2007), Global Missionary Clearinghouse (2017), S4 Conferences (2018).

Dr. Lyons holds the following degrees:

  • A.A. in Missions, Baptist Bible College West, Denver, CO
  • B.A. in Biblical Studies, Louisiana Baptist University
  • B.S. in Biblical Studies, Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO
  • M.B.A. from Louisiana Baptist University
  • Ph.D. in Communication and Leadership, Louisiana Baptist University
 

Dr. Lyons is a sought-after conference speaker around the world, averaging 20+ international speaking engagements per year, while maintaining his leadership roles. Dr. Lyons also has served or currently serves on several boards in the Philippines and in the USA, including Global Missionary Clearing House, Global Surge, Inc. 501(c)3, Medical Plaza Building Association, Inc., Reach Youth Global (RYG) 501(c)3, and the Rawlings Foundation.

Office Contact

president@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360

Dr. Mark Conn

Vice-President

Mark Conn is the Vice President of LBU and divides his time between Shreveport and the picturesque Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. With a career spanning over three decades in higher education, Mark has helped shape the minds and hearts of countless ministry students. His teaching portfolio encompasses a range of subjects, including Bible studies, Biblical Prophecy, Christian Ministry, Cultural Engagement, and Pastoral Studies. One of his foremost passions lies in guiding students to wrestle with the authentic message of the Bible, steering them away from interpretations based in cultural tradition. Mark is a sought-after contributor to various international publications, as well as radio programs and podcasts. His insights span an array of topics, from biblical prophecy to the intricate interplay between faith and culture, and even the enigmatic supernatural aspects within the pages of the Bible. In addition to his work in education, he has dedicated a significant portion of his career to church revitalization. Over the years he has worked with churches of various sizes and cultural settings to help them overcome challenges and reinvigorate their congregations. As a consultant in church revitalization, he has helped churches identify their strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies for growth, and implement effective outreach programs. He believes God’s desire is for every church to thrive, and he is committed to helping them fulfill the Great Commission. Beyond his professional endeavors, Mark boasts a diverse range of interests including writing, technology, cooking, old car restomodding, overlanding in a modified Jeep WJ, and embraces the title of a “coffee snob.”

Contact

mconn@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360