Jason Harris is the pastor of both First United Methodist Church and the Galilean Lutheran Church – both here in La Place. Prior to being a Senior Pastor, Jason worked as a Youth Pastor for 15 years and is a volunteer with his children’s youth group. Jason was the Head Coach of the Minden Tennis & Aquatic Club Stingrays for 3 years in Minden, LA before moving to Destrehan in 2018. He also swam competitively for St. Amant High School. Jason is married to Michelle Harris and lives in Destrehan with their three children – Emma, Jackson, and Evelyn.
Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructor, Melynie Wright swam competitively at Robert E Lee High School and through junior AAU Swimming. After high school and swimming and diving with the Baton Rouge Country Club, she finished her swimming career as a walk-on for the Louisiana State University Swim team using her butterfly and freestyle specialties. Melynie then went on to coach several swim teams throughout the Baton Rouge metro area.
Throughout her life, Melynie has been an advocate for water safety and instruction. An active community member, she volunteers whenever wherever needed in order to positively impact her community and improve the health and well being of all its citizens. Each summer Melynie volunteers her time to do a Water Safety Day for Walmart and, for the last 8 years, Melynie has also assisted with the coordination of the St. John Parish learn to swim program, which provided free swimming lessons to 150 kids and 40 adults annually.
Two years ago, President and Executive Director Melynie and her partner opened Louisiana Splash and Water safety. Built on the principle Water Safety Saves Lives, the foundation was opened to provide water safety instruction for adults, special needs, kids and first responders, as well as water aerobics to improve the over all health of individuals, at a minimum or no cost to the individuals. She also does back yard consulting for water safety issues and provides safety equipment as needed for the area pools.
In addition to her water safety ventures, Melynie enters her 3rd year with the Belle Terre Piranhas, providing her focus on the Piranha littles.