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Spring Life Classes 2019 - Session II


Life Classes are for you!

Life Classes are designed to provide opportunities for you to apply Biblical truths to everyday living and to fulfill your unique purpose.  You will finish your Life Class equipped with tools you need to follow, serve and grow as a disciple of Christ.


May Life Class Registration is now open!  Life classes will be held on WEDNESDAY evenings from 7:00 pm until 8:15 pm on May 1st, 8th, and 15th. Class size is limited and registration is required. To register, click the link of the class below or visit one of the Welcome Centers.  The final day to register is April 28th.




Forgiveness - Cecil Perry, Sr.

Forgiveness is a core character trait of God.  You cannot separate God’s love and His forgiveness. We will study the necessity of forgiveness.  Old Testament and New Testament characters will be studied as we explore how they forgave the guilty in extraordinary fashion.  Learning to forgive others who have wronged you will free your spirit.


Cecil  Perry, Sr.  is an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International.  He began preaching and teaching as a teenager under his pastor, Rev. T. W. Barnes.  He pastored for eight years before coming back to serve as Operations Manager for the Louisiana District UPCI, a position he has held for a total of almost eleven years.  He has been married to his wonderful wife, Gay, for almost forty-two years. In addition to serving as an Usher at POA, he and Gay serve POA as coordinators of our Sixty Plus Group.


God’s Tabernacles and Temples – Roger Skluzacek

In this class light will be shed on the seeming conspiracy of silence about the Tabernacle. Even though it is a very neglected area of study, its sacrifices, services, priesthood, and feasts are central to the understanding of the entire Bible. Many hidden treasures found throughout the Bible will be brought to light. The Tabernacle of both Moses and David and Solomon’s Temple give us blueprints of the plan of salvation, prophecy, the church, discipleship, true worship, and heaven. In addition to the workable pattern for prayer provided by Pastor in his book, Heaven to Earth, this class will give insight into the setup of the tabernacles and temples, the eternal purpose of God and what is required of us as tabernacles and temples.


In 1972, Roger Skluzacek began to fulfill a promise to God that if He showed him that He was real, he would serve Him. Immediately upon coming to the truth, he began teaching Home Bible studies and in time began serving in various ministries, i.e. bus routes, visitation, choir, tape ministry, youth ministry, scouts, dramas, and coordinator of the 13-year-old Sunday School class for 23 years. As the Outreach Director for 20 years, he led in the development of Ministry Training, Orientation, Baptistry workers, Record Keepers, and Ministry Teams. He is currently over Discover your Ministry and Ministry Teams. Roger is retired after working as lead in Adult Education and quality improvement initiatives for the Air Force and later the Army.


H.O.P.E. (Helping Overwhelmed Parents Endure//Helping Our Prodigals Eternally) – Don & Dy Anne Long

In the Fall of 2000, the Longs began to see the enemy inching his way into their son’s life.  He was a licensed Student Pastor at the time.   They prayed however they did not fully understand and take seriously Satan’s strategy.  In the Summer Of 2001, they reeled as they watched him deliberately walk away from God.  They knew the consequences would not be good.  For the next seventeen years, they walked a painful road that, ultimately, included their son’s return and still includes ongoing restoration.  From that journey, they purposed to not waste their pain.  Their intention was to one day use their story for God’s glory and when asked agreed to share through this class.  It is from a compassion for hurting parents and other family members of prodigals, that the Longs invite you to join them as they share in this class.  You will leave encouraged and equipped to stay the course and welcome your prodigals home.


Don and Dy Anne Long are lifelong members of POA.  They have been married 47 years and are parents of one son, Dustin.  They are local business owners.  Dy Anne is a former Patient Advocate at Rapides Regional Medical.  POA ministries involvement includes Orientation Department (32 years), Bible Studies, Choir and Chorale, Sunday School, Bus Routes, Women’s Team Ministry, Section Ministry, Prayer Ministry, etc.  For the last four years, their purpose and passion has been HOPE Prayer, a ministry for prodigals and those who love them.


I Was Broke, Now I’m Not. Part II – Kenny Elliott & Heath Wester

$30 Materials Fee provides book, workbook and materials for March and May Sessions

Are you ready to be financially free?  Are you ready to be flexible and able to do what you have been put on earth to do?  Join us for this practical, action-oriented and Biblically-based study.  You will be inspired to take charge of your finances through these three key lessons:  how to use the I Was Broke.  Now I’m Not.  Ladder to set financial goals; how to fund your plans, hopes & dreams; how do develop a spending plan and budget that actually works.  Money doesn’t have to be a frustrating or confusing topic.  When you apply the practical tools shared in this class, you will have the opportunity to gain control of your finances and be equipped to live a fully funded life.


Kenny Elliott  has been a member of the POA since January of 2014 and enjoys serving with his son Elijah. Before coming to the POA he served in various ministry capacities, and has designed, organized, and led outreach and discipleship programs. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State University and graduate with a Master of Business Administration in Finance in December of 2017. He has worked as a Financial Advisor/Planner for the past 11 years and has worked for JP Morgan as a Private Client Advisor since 2010 helping families and organizations plan and invest for the future and is a Certified Financial Planner©.


Heath Wester has been working in financial services for over 18 years.  His work experience includes time spent as a loan officer, branch manager and for the last 8 years as an investment adviser helping families and businesses navigate the road to retirement.  He holds a degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State University. Spending time with his wife Spring and his children, Daisy and Garrett, is one of his favorite pastimes.  He has been blessed to be a part of the POA family for almost 20 years.


Leader 1.0 – Pastor Ryan Franklin

Are you a leader fulfilling a leadership role?  Do you feel the desire to lead?  Are you ready to grow to a new level? Whether you are already a leader in some capacity here at the POA, or you have a desire to lead in the future, this class is for you!  As we will learn, leading is not about acquiring a position or a title, leading is about using the gifts God has given you to influence and guide others along the journey of discipleship. In this class, you will learn principles to better lead yourself, lead others, and lead within the church.  Regardless of your life age or stage, if you are ready to grow as a leader, come join us!


Prior to becoming involved in full-time church ministry in 2005, Ryan Franklin’s natural leadership gifts brought him to the forefront in the field of nursing.  He served as a nursing director at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC, where he was an integral part of restructuring and revitalizing what was a failing health care facility. Ryan currently serves as the Ministries Pastor at the Pentecostals of Alexandria, charged with overseeing many of the adult ministries of the local church. He has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry: Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Ryan is the author of several popular Bible studies, including The Bible Made Simple. He also has experience as a Leadership Coach assisting with the development of church leaders. He and his wife, Angie, are raising two tremendous kids, Olivia and Neil.


Parenting, Technology and Kids oh MY! – Derek Parker

Technology has become a noticeable part of daily family life, and like it or not, it is here to stay. With all the benefits of being digitally connected, there are also challenges for parents. How is technology changing the way our families communicate and interact with each other?  How can we help protect and guide our children from inappropriate content and connections? As parents in this technology generation, our responsibility to guide our children toward habits of appropriate use is critical.  In this interactive class, we will discuss how to use technology as a purposeful tool, learn tips and tricks for connecting/disconnecting gaming consoles to the world of other players, and learn to set safeguards for navigating YouTube and other apps.  Come join us as dive into the digital world.


Derek Parker graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Management Information Systems. He has spent over 20 years in the Information Technology field and currently is the Manager of Data Integrity at CHRISTUS Health. Derek has also been involved in ministry with the United Pentecostal Church International for over 15 years.  He served as youth pastor, assistant pastor, and sectional youth director in the New Orleans area.  He also had the privilege of pastoring a church for nine years.


Some Lessons I’ve Learned – Thetus Tenney

Sometimes, in the absence of dress rehearsals and practice runs for life situations, it helps us all to hear from someone who has “been there and done that.”  Thetus Tenney brings to the table a life lived well for over 84 years, filled with the Holy Ghost for 76 of those years, and teaching 69 of them.  You’ll want to listen and learn from the lessons she’s learned along the way.


Thetus Tenney is a member of POA, with a life long history of teaching and speaking in events attended by multiplied thousands, and Sunday School classes with just a few.  At age 84, her wisdom and knowledge combined with her experiences in life, make her an excellent source of hope and help for you and me wherever we are on our own life’s journey.  She loves God, she loves people, she loves teaching.  She loves her kids (2) and her grandkids (5), and her great-grands (9).


Temple Cleansing: Taking Care of the Body – Deb Cook

I Corinthians 6:19  “What?  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”  Sharing from her own personal journey of healing and deliverances from 14+ years of anorexia/bulimia and other destructive mindsets, Deb will facilitate this interactive class.  The class will explore clean eating and small steps towards wholeness in mind, body, soul and spirit with open discussion and recipe sharing.


Deb Cook and her husband, Bryan have been members at POA for 13 years and are actively involved in the POA music ministry. She is the Administrative Assistant to Pastor & Sis. Mickey. Deb spent 12 years teaching in junior high and high school Sunday School before coming to POA where she & Bryan served on YMC staff for 11 years. Deb has taught several module classes (now Life Classes) at POA and has found that in every class, the teacher learns as much as the class attendees. We are all on a journey together... from glory to glory changed into his image.


The Good, The Bad, & The Indifferent – Shane Spears

We are all a mess. We all spend our lives grappling with who we are, and we all struggle to find our identity. Who am I? How do people see me? How am I judged by the world? How do I judge myself? Whose opinion of me really matters? We care about criticism and the opinions of others whether we like to admit it or not, and we respond to the good and the bad in life from our brokenness. Come join us as we look at Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church and dig into how we should see ourselves and how God sees us. We will examine some practical tools that will help shape the way you see yourself through the eyes of the gospel. God’s Word has some powerful things to say to us about what matters and doesn’t matter when it comes to our value and our worth.  The truth might surprise you.


Shane thinks the highest compliment you could give him would be to call him a learner. The constant journey to be a better disciple of Jesus, husband, father, and friend is what moves and motivates him. He is blessed to be married to his true love and soul-mate, Teryn, and they are raising 4 boys to change the world.  Shane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration.



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Sunday School, 9:30 am


Sunday Morning Worship, 10:30 am

Sunday Evening Worship, 6:00 pm


Wednesday Evening, 7:00 pm


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