Michael Wood has served as the Lead Pastor of First West in West Monroe, La., since 2014. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Michael has served the convention in various capacities, as well as co-founding the LA Young Pastors Network in Louisiana. He is also the Executive Director of Multiply NELA, a multiplication and revitalization initiative in Northeast LA. He and his wife, Abby, have three sons and one daughter.