Landon Dowden, Ph.D.
With the firm belief that the Gospel is the only hope for aligning our lives with God's Word, Landon is firmly committed to verse by verse exposition of the Bible, because "nothing is better for God’s people than God’s Word." Landon yielded his own life to Christ at the age of eight while growing up in Louisiana. After finishing with a Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University, Landon furthered his studies with three graduate-level degrees (Master of Divinity, Master of Theology & Doctorate of Philosophy) at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA.
He is married to Tara and father to Arabella, Adalaide, Adoniram & Alastair. Leading and shepherding his family is a great priority to Landon, as is making disciples through preaching, mentoring, biblical counseling, and through living life together in the power of the Gospel.
Some of Landon's hidden talents are humming and beatboxing simultaneously, rapping part of Psalm 23 in Hebrew, being a national record holder for Jump Rope for Heart, and still being able to remember the “cheat code” to Contra on Nintendo.
Associate Pastor of Students
Kevin was saved by grace at the age of eight. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, and after several years in the small business world, surrendered his life to God’s call to the gospel ministry. He is currently an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He was ordained in 2009, and before coming to Trace, served as Children’s and Youth Pastor at Holly Baptist Church in Corinth, MS. Kevin believes in the power of the gospel to bring regeneration and transformation to people’s lives, and in accordance he sees his role as “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12) Kevin particularly loves discipling youth and their parents as they grow in Christ and live out the gospel.
Kevin and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Olivia, a college student, and Caroline Gillentine, who is married to Jordan and the mother of Haddon.
Kevin knows all the lyrics to Rapper’s Delight, and is an avid #hailstate fan. He also enjoys being able to bequeath his knowledge of 70’s and 80’s history to other “less-seasoned” staff members.
Associate Pastor of Children's Ministry
Mathew Gilbert serves as Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing. Mathew is a graduate of Boyce College and an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming to Trace, Mathew served as Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. Mathew has a desire to equip parents to disciple their children in the gospel of Christ. He finds joy in serving Trace families and visitors through building relationships with parents and children. Nothing thrills him more than seeing children and families growing in the likeness of Christ. Mathew is married to his high school sweetheart, Erica. Mathew and Erica have two sons, Jude & Jack.
Associate Pastor of Music & Media
Mitchell was born in Shreveport, LA, July 21, 1986. At the age of seven, he was rescued by the King. He felt God calling him to full-time ministry when he was a senior in high school. It was then that he publicly surrendered to that calling at Jefferson Baptist Church (Baton Rouge, LA). He pursued a music business degree in 2004 at Louisiana State University. In the fall of 2006, he transferred to Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. Mitchell is currently pursuing a Master of Arts through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a worship leader for corporate, college and youth gatherings since 2005, as well as serving at Jefferson Baptist as a student minister and young adult minister.
On June 5, 2010, Mitchell married his best friend, Dustin. Not only does she support Mitch's calling, but she also feels a personal call to serve alongside him wherever God leads. God has given Mitchell and Dustin a heart for the nations, and they enjoy serving overseas as often as possible.
On October 2, 2011, Mitchell was ordained into the gospel ministry by Jefferson Baptist Church. He desires that his life, as well as the music and worship he is a part of, will point people of all ages to the glory of Jesus Christ.
In November of 2015, Mitchell & Dustin adopted their children Maisy, Olivia & Gabe from Poland. They are in the process of adopting their sibling, Evangeline.