Pastor and staff

bobby daniel

Parish Minister

Bobby Daniel came to First Presbyterian Church in 2021.  Bobby was born and raised in New Iberia, LA and his Cajun heritage is as legit as his jambalaya-making skills.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS before earning his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  In the midst of seeking his educational goals he had the opportunity to serve as a summer missionary in Zimbabwe, Africa.  It was while in training for that he met a young lady from Cincinnati at the Missionary Learning Center who was preparing for her summer of mission work in Uganda, Africa.  Her name is Brigitte and they were married on Jan. 6, 1996.
He is the husband of one and the father of two.  Regan was born in 1997, a lovely little surprise to discover on their first anniversary, and Caleb came along in 2001.  Regan has her daddy wrapped around her little finger and works for the Horseman’s Association bank at Delta Downs in Vinton.  Caleb has too much of his dad’s sense of humor and is a student at Louisiana Tech University studying Computer Information systems.
Together Bobby and Brigitte have been in Vinton, LA for over 12 years and served their previous congregation during that time.  They are excited and thrilled about this new opportunity and ministry that God has opened the door to with their new First Presbyterian family!

Darren Hoyland

Director of Music

Darren Hoyland has served as Music Director since 2006.   Darren leads the music ministry throughout the life of the church. This includes using the church’s musical gifts to aid worship, minister to each other through music, encourage appreciation of music, and foster musical talents and expression throughout all age groups.  Darren’s work provides us with another avenue for worship and helps build our relationship with the Lord.   He works with the pastor and volunteers to ensure appropriate congregational and special music are provided for all Sunday worship services and for other church services and programs.  He lead the Praise Team for the the services and cultivates their musical gifts.  He also brings the joy and teaching of music to the children of First Presbyterian Dayschool.  Darren also provides a key role in assisting with many committee events and occasions in the church. Darren is married to Terri Hoyland, who sings with our Praise Team.  Darren and Terri have to grown children, Andrew and Whitley.

cara love

Church Administrator

Since 2007, Cara Love has served as the Church Administrator.  Cara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and has over twenty six years’ experience in administration, accounting, public relations, and marketing. 
Cara is married to Joe Love, Jr., who is a Senior Vice President with First Financial Bank.  They have two adult children, Travis and Trey.  The Loves are members of North Orange Baptist Church, where she and Joe, both, serve on various church committees.  They are avid Texas A&M University fans.  Cara enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

cris barrientos


Cris Barrientos has been with First Presbyterian Church since 2007.  Since the beginning, Cris has considered First Presbyterian Church as her home. She loves the church immensely and feels she is honoring God when she is doing her job.  While most of her duties are behind the scenes, she makes it possible for our church to do hands-on ministry, to worship on Sundays and for many groups in our church and community to have functions here.  Cris made it official and joined us in church membership in 2020!  In her spare time Cris enjoys cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and volunteering at our Lighthouse Soup Kitchen.