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Rev. DeRon Lamar Talley was installed as Pastor of the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church on September 1, 2019. He served as Interim Pastor prior to being installed beginning on January 6, 2019, before being elected by the members in July 2019. DeRon was licensed as a minister in September 2015 under the leadership of Rev. Charles R. Brown of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Donaldsonville, La. In 2019, DeRon was ordained under the leadership of Rev. Brown.

Service above self. That’s what DeRon and Patience Talley profess to live by in their everyday lives. It’s not something that’s new to them either. The young couple believes they are made for mission work and are making sure to fulfill that call. 

Being the parents of Demi Lee Talley is what the couple agrees is their biggest blessing and honor. While they are serving the community in a number of areas, parenting is their most favorite thing to do.

DeRon was born and raised in Folsom, Louisiana, and is a 2019graduate of the Louisiana State University-Shreveport University (LSU-Shreveport) with a Master of Business Administration - Marketing, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, where he ran track for two years. He is the son of Dexter Talley and Rhonda Barnett and has two brothers.

Currently, he works at Northeast Delta Human Services Authority as the Public Information Director. He has served at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center as the Director of Marketing & Communications. He has served as the Editor of the Donaldsonville Chief Newspaper and also the Editor of the Gonzales Weekly Citizen Newspaper in 2013 serving both roles concurrently until 2015. As an Editor, Talley collectively garnered nearly two dozen Louisiana Press Association awards.


Rev. DeRon L. Talley, wife Patience, and daughter Demi are the first family of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church.

DeRon was appointed by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser to serve as a Commissioner for Volunteer Louisiana. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana. He also has served as the President of the Twin Cities Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow for contributing more than $1,000 to the organization. He is a graduate of Leadership Ouachita Class of 2017. DeRon has also served as the Vice-President of the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


In August 2016, the Talleys founded Journey 4 Success and it was created to develop, inform and empower teens and young adults on their academic and professional journey.

Patience was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, and is a 2020 Master of Science graduate of ULM and is a 2015 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, where she served on the LSU Cheer Squad for three years. She is the daughter of Foster and Martha Phillips and has five siblings.

Patience currently works as the Director of Community Centers and Programs for the City of Monroe. Patience is the former University of Louisiana Monroe Head Coach of the Cheer Squad, where she won the 2020 National Championship for All-Girl Competition.

The Talleys also own Key Marketing Solutions, a Louisiana-based digital marketing services company.

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