Dr. Heath Peloquin
Dr. Heath Peloquin joined the staff of Summer Grove on November 18, 2018 after serving as the Director of Missions for the North Texas Baptist Association. He has over 23 years’ experience in ministry. He received his Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism and Missions from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Peloquin and his wife, Jennifer have four children, Emilee, Ethan, Anna and Logan.
God has gifted Heath with tremendous enthusiasm and passion for the lost. His faithfulness to the Word of God and his communication style make his sermons both powerful and engaging. He is uniquely gifted to clearly communicate the Gospel to all ages. He possesses the rare qualities of an evangelist heart, faithfulness to God’s word, and the ability to relate to all he meets.
I was raised in a Christian home by parents who love Jesus and taught me to love Him. At the age of 10, I fell under the conviction of the Holy Spirit at a revival service, repented of my sin and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. God saved me that night and my life has never been the same. I felt the call of God to ministry at age 13. I have served in ministry full time since 1996. God has continually affirmed His call on my life.
Executive Pastor & Business Administrator
Matt joined the staff at Summer Grove in the summer of 2019. Matt came from the DFW area where he was the Executive Director of One Conversation, a non-profit ministry that is responsible for equipping pastors with strategies enabling more effective ministries. Matt also has a 20 year background as a former executive business leader highly experienced in the healthcare financial sector.
Matt and his wife Sarah were married in 1997, and they have three daughters: Kinsey, Katie, and Caroline.
Pastor of Education and Discipleship
Todd joined the staff of Summer Grove in June of 2014 after serving in churches in Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama. He is from Franklin, TN, and is married to Amy Pratt Young, from Bossier City. Todd and Amy have two daughters, Sadie, and Macy. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Church Recreation from Samford University, in Birmingham, AL, and his Master’s degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Pastor of Mature Adults & Pastoral Care
Keith joined the staff of Summer Grove in December of 2016 after 37 years as a full-time student pastor in churches in Texas, Florida & Arkansas. He is married to Debbie (Brinson) Tarkington. They have two amazing sons & beautiful daughters-in-law & three wonderful grandchildren (Dallas, Memphis & Phoenix).
Keith was a Bible major at Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, TX and a Christian Education major at Baptist Bible College in Shreveport, La. He was born in Malvern, Arkansas, but grew up in the DFW area in Texas. He trusted in Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 12 & surrendered to full-time ministry at the age of 17.
Heart for Ministry:
“I love being around the “Mature Adults!” They are just as much fun as working with teens. They still have so much love to give. This is definitely God’s call on my life at this stage of my life and I truly love it!”
Katie joined the leadership staff at Summer Grove Baptist Church in the beginning of 2014 after working as a teacher in the weekday programs. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jason, for over 18 years. Katie and Jason both grew up in the Shreveport area and own a small business. They are blessed with three amazing and amusing children, Kelley, Emily, and Mitchell. Katie has a degree in Mass Communications and studies in Early Childhood Education at Louisiana State University at Shreveport. She has worked in church preschool for over 10 years as a preschool teacher. She loves working with and sharing the love of Christ with our babies and preschoolers.
Director of Facilities
Danny joined the staff of Summer Grove Baptist Church in 2006 after retiring from AT&T. He and his wife and best friend, Sandra, have three children and six beautiful grandchildren. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Louisiana Baptist University. Danny’s philosophy of life is: God first, family second, and LSU football third.
Retail Services Coordinator
Debbie joined the Summer Grove team in December of 2016. She is married to our Mature Adult/Pastoral Care pastor, Keith Tarkington. Being a pastor’s daughter, Debbie learned at an early age the importance of serving and ministry. She worked alongside Keith for 37 years of youth ministry in Texas, Florida & Arkansas. She also served on staff in an administration role at a former church for 12 years.
Debbie comes to SGBC with Retail experience which has helped as she manages the Summer Grove Thrift Store, which provides the funds needed to support the Summer Grove Compassion House. Her family is her LIFE which includes two sons & daughters-in-law (Ryan & Jessica and Sean & Morgan) and three grandchildren whom she says are “Her World!”
Director of Media
Sam became a part of the Summer Grove staff in January of 2011, coming most recently from the Media Services department of Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He was born in California, and at age 4 moved to Venezuela with his family, as his parents followed God’s call to overseas missions. Upon returning to the US for college, Sam met his beautiful wife Briana at LeTourneau University, and they were married in December of 2007. They both finished their Undergraduate Degrees in 2009, and after a brief time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, came to Shreveport to serve at Summer Grove. They have three wonderful children, Joy, Lillian, and Simon.
Assistant to Thrift Store
Graphic Design Associate
The maintenance crew at Summer Grove work to make sure our beautiful Church home stays safe and clean! If you see one of our maintenance crew around make sure to say “Hi” and thank them for all their hard work!
Sunday Service Times
9:15am // Celebration Worship
10:40am // Elevate Worship
10:40am // SG En Español
Groups for all ages meet on Sunday at 9:15 & 10:40 am
8924 Jewella Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71118-2117