First Baptist Church of Lockport

Tyler Ellis


 Tyler was raised in the church. As the oldest of three and the son of a Pastor/Air Force Chaplain, he was immersed in church culture early in life. At a young age he was involved in not only the regular church activities (Sunday morning and evening services and Wednesday services) but also several extracurricular activities. At five years old, after a discussion of the crucifixion at Bible Study Fellowship, Tyler stated that he wanted to be a Christian. He was questioned by his Father about the decision that he wanted to make, then he was led in a prayer of faith and repentance and baptized several weeks later. While Tyler acknowledges that it was certainly at this point that he decided that he wanted to be a Christian, it was not until his teenage years that he grew to understand exactly what that meant. In the meantime he consistently struggled with doubts about his salvation, and those doubts were never fully reconciled until the point of his call into ministry at 13 years old.

Tyler holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from McNeese State University and a Master’s of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His primary calling is toward teaching and preaching; however he serves primarily in worship leadership due to the persistent need of the church. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Old Testament from NOBTS. Tyler, his wife Anna, and their four children, Micah, Miriam, Luther, and Alton, live on the campus of NOBTS in the Gentilly area of New Orleans.

As a worship pastor, Tyler hopes to help people to realize that a vibrant relationship with Christ should produce a vibrant life of worship. Corporate worship is expressed in prayer, giving, communion, and the preaching and hearing of the word of God; but music has a unique ability to appeal not only the ethos (the logical, dispassionate, thoughtful part of a person), but also to the pathos (the emotional, subjective part) in a way that words alone are often incapable of, for the purpose of facilitating an atmosphere of worship. However, corporate worship is only one facet. In Romans 12, Paul urges us to present our bodies as living sacrifices, and states that this is our “reasonable” act of worship. Essentially, Paul is saying that every activity in our lives should flow out of us as an act of worship. Our worship should overflow the walls of the church and inundate every aspect of our comings and goings; anything less is unreasonable.