Our Team

Administrative Pastor

Michael Nutter    


Ashley Nutter


Michael and Ashley serve as Administrative Pastors of Little River Church. Michael joined the Little River ministry team under the leadership of Pastor C.A. Spikes in January 2004 as an Assistant Student Pastor. He served with Josh Payne at this capacity until 2008. At this time, he was given the opportunity to lead as Student Pastor for the next 8 years. Michael and Ashley flourished in this capacity until mid 2015 when Pastor Josh transitioned them to full time Administrative Pastors. As Administrative Pastors, they have created, launched, and equipped multiple serve teams. They also assist in event planning, supporting the Pastoral staff, and team building. Ashley has been very instrumental in the development of the current Power Hour Program for our students ages 4-11. She has excelled in instituting her own curriculum and schedules to help establish our next generation. Michael also uses his talent and skills from the construction industry to take the lead on all of the remodel projects and stage designs around campus. Michael and Ashley enjoy spending time with their two beautiful children, Alaina Grace and Jerrin Michael. In his spare time, Michael loves to read and teach home bible studies.    

student pastor

William Hutson  


Erica Hutson


William and Erica serve as Student Pastors of Little River Church. William spent his teen years as a student as Little River. In 2008, God called him to assist another congregation where he served as Youth Pastor and Music Director for 6 years. God led William and Erica back to Little River and in June of 2015, they were appointed Student Pastors. They have a burden to reach and equip this generation to fulfill their God-given potential. William holds his local license with the UPCI and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is joined in ministry by his lovely wife, Erica, and they have one son, Gentry. 

volunteer pastor

Ricky Shane Barksdale


Laikyn Barksdale   


Ricky Shane and Laikyn Barksdale serve as Volunteer Pastors of Little River Church. Before serving as Volunteer Pastors, Ricky Shane and Laikyn married in 2015. Ricky Shane served as Josh Payne's Administrative Assistant and on our ground maintenance staff, while Laikyn served under her father at First United Pentecostal Church of New Roads as a musician. Ricky Shane and Laikyn have a desire to connect people within the local church and see them empowered to fulfill their purpose in Christ. Both attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. Laikyn obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Management. Ricky Shane currently holds his license with UPCI. He and his wife, Laikyn, have recently been placed into the role of Section One Directors for Louisiana District Youth Ministries. Both are very blessed to be apart of such a loving and compassionate church!   

hyphen pastor

Kyle Johnson


Meagan Johnson

children's ministry

Ashley Nutter


Ashley and her husband, Michael, serve as our Administrative Pastors. Ashley has been very instrumental in the development of the current Power Hour Program and our Sunday's Kids Ministry Program for our students ages 4-11. She has excelled in instituting her own curriculum and schedules to help establish our next generation. 

music/media ministry

Jason Shaffett


Haley Shaffett

communications director

Meagan Johnson    


Meagan serves as the Communications Director of Little River Church. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University, where she received her Bachelors Degree. While attending, she served our campus ministry, Lions For The Lamb, in many areas, primarily as the social media director. Meagan now helps with our Hyphen group, serves on the youth committee, and runs all of our social media accounts. She loves her church and helps out in any way she can.