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Norwood N. “Woody” Hingle III, Ph.D.

Senior Pastor
woody@lakevistaumc.org

About Woody Hingle

Norwood Noel Hingle III is my given name. Other than my mom, people usually call me Woody. I love the city of New Orleans, but not just because I was born and raised there. I love the food, the culture, and the Saints! This is truly a great city. And we are a city in desperate need of Jesus’ love.

My home church growing up was Napoleon Ave. UMC. I went to high school at Ecole Classique (class of ’81) where during my junior year I made a commitment to Jesus as Lord and Savior that stuck. My college years were at the University of New Orleans where I received a B.S. in General Business Administration in 1985. My interest in ministry grew in college through my involvement with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For seminary I chose Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and finished the Master of Divinity degree in 1988. After seminary I crossed the ocean and earned a Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, finishing in 1995.
In 1997 I was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. The charges I have served in the past are Tangipahoa UMC-Pine Ridge UMC and Lacombe UMC as pastor, and St. Paul’s UMC in Monroe as the associate pastor. In 1999 I was given the privileged appointment as pastor to Lake Vista UMC.

The Lord granted me a huge gift in my wife Elena, who is also a New Orleans native. The Lord has graciously given us three children who are our jewels: Norwood IV, Emily, and Nathan.

I love being a pastor! There are basically two deep passions I have for ministry. The first is to see women and men mature in a holistic way–in heart and mind– as disciples of Jesus with the Bible as their final authority. In this way people will learn to live and love like Jesus. Moreover, they will learn to defend the historical reliability of the Bible to a skeptical world and articulate why the Bible is extremely relevant for modern life. The second goal is to see Christians actively involved in making a difference in the world, and thus healing the world with Jesus’ love. In this way we will shine like lighthouses for Christ!



Susan Halter Doyle

Administration
susan@lakevistaumc.org

Susan Halter Doyle

In high school, I was advised not to take a typing class because the thinking back then was, if a girl learned now to type, she would be “typecast” as a secretary (sorry!) and that wasn’t for me! But here I am, anyway…

I was born and raised in New Orleans, a member of the first four-year graduating class of Marion Abramson High School (’71). I went on to earn a BA in English and Economics at Rice University (’75), and an MA in English at the University of New Orleans (‘85). I taught English composition for about 35 years at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, and began working as Lake Vista UMC’s part-time secretary and office administrator in 2002.

Beginning in about 2000, a growing number of overt Christians apparently randomly started interacting with me, and for months I prayed to a God who may or may not have been real, for all I knew, and read His Word, trying to discern if what I was hearing was true. And then I knew it was—and is, and I gave my life to Him.
That’s about it. Woody tells me I am a very improbable Christian—a well-educated professional with a great many liberal colleagues and with no Christian upbringing who was willing to let the Lord turn her life inside-out at the age of 48. I know I am an improbable church secretary, but they let me keep this lovely job anyway, and they even supply me with HUGE cups of the most delicious coffee and chicory anywhere!
When I am not busy with church work, I love hanging out with family and friends, especially other people’s children (including my grown stepson). I like to cook and read, and I am actually trying to learn, at my advanced age, how to do housework!

 



Randy Roberts

Worship Leader
gerald@lakevistaumc.org

Randy Roberts

Randy was born and raised in Arabi, Louisiana. He graduated from Chalmette Senior High (class of ’73), and he earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Assisted Drafting degree from River Parish Technical College. Randy is the Worship Leader at Lake Vista UMC.

He became a Christian back in 1977 through First Assembly of God in New Orleans. Randy is a “jack of all trades”—and a master of many! His hobbies are organic gardening, singing, cooking, and small construction/carpentry work.

 

 

 

 

 



Leonardo Santos

Pianist
leonardo@lakevistaumc.org
Leonardo Santos

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mr. Santos grew up in a Christian family. He became a Christian in March of 1988, during a worship service at Realengo's Congregational Church where he was also baptized in August of 1992. Mr. Santos is a dedicated and accomplished musician and teacher. He holds Bachelor's degrees in theology and piano performance as well as Master degrees for arts in music, piano performance, piano pedagogy, and church music. He has studied at the Seminario Teologico Betel and Universidade Federal do Estado in Rio de Janeiro as well as Campbellsville University, the University of Louisville, and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Currently, Mr. Santos is working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a private piano instructor, and has been teaching both private and class piano since 2001. His hobbies include reading, attending concerts, making friends, and relaxing on the beach with some iced coconut water!

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What We Believe:

We at Lake Vista UMC affirm The United Methodist Church’s Doctrinal Standards, which are found in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, Part III Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task.

Thus we believe in the classic Christian doctrines such as:

  • The Trinity. That there is one God who exists in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the world who took the penalty of our sins through His death in our place on the cross.
  • God calls the world-- regardless of race, sex, or background-- to repent of his or her sins and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and thus be born again.
  • The Holy Spirit is God living in believers and shapes believers from the inside-out with new life. This new life is expressed first in love and adoration of God, and secondly in love of one’s neighbors as oneself.
  • Jesus has risen bodily from the dead, and all believers will rise bodily one day to be in His Kingdom forever.
  • Jesus will return as Judge of the living and the dead. Jesus clearly taught that Heaven and Hell are real places, and He desperately desires all to enter His eternal Kingdom of Heaven. However, He respects people’s free will to accept Him or reject Him. Thus, those who enter His eternal Kingdom say to Him, “Your will be done”, and to those who don’t enter His eternal Kingdom He says, “Your will be done”.
  • The Bible is our final authority. While such things as tradition, reason, and experience can help with understanding the Bible, they are submitted to its authority.


 

Sensitive Social Issues:

Lake Vista UMC affirms The United Methodist Church’s positions on these sensitive social issues:

  • Marriage is created by God between one man and one woman. As the Book of Discipline states, “We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. . . The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching” (¶161 II.G).
  • Abortion cannot be affirmed “as an acceptable means of birth control, and we unconditionally reject it as a means of gender selection or eugenics”. Moreover, “We oppose the use of late-term abortion known as dilation and extraction (partial-birth abortion) and call for the end of this practice except when the physical life of the mother is in danger and no other medical procedure is available. . .” (Book of Discipline ¶ 161 II.K).
  • Racism is a contradiction of the gospel, which is open to all people. Thus, “we recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons. We rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to our total life” (Book of Discipline ¶ 161 III.A).


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