Worship Leader Spotlight – Herb Armentrout

Worship Pastor at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana

By Savannah Cone

Passionate worship leader, experienced professor and caring pastor, Herb Armentrout has much to offer rookie and veteran leaders alike. Herb prioritizes reaching the lost and being intentional. Herb currently serves as the traditional worship pastor at Broadmoor Baptist in Shreveport, Louisiana and teaches occasionally as an adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.



Missions

Local, regional and international missions are a priority for Herb’s worship ministry to lead and experience. “We are very intentional about being on a mission. Our team will go anywhere to share the gospel.” Herb’s worship choir takes an annual trip to prisons in Texas and invites other local choirs to join them. In preparation, throughout the year they discuss how to share their faith in a real and tangible way. During the summer of 2022 his entire worship team was invited to Scotland on a mission trip.

“The energy and passion from a mission trip overtakes us and we carry that back into our church.” One of the goals of choir mission ventures is to help communicate to all involved that missions is a lifestyle, not just something we do on trips. Herb’s prayer for his team is for them to not become entitled in focusing on themselves, rather focusing their efforts living a lifestyle on mission.

“The energy and passion from a mission trip overtakes us and we carry that back into our church.”

Intentionality

When it comes to creating a set-list, Herb is sure to select songs with doctrinal accuracy and a theme matching the pastor’s message. “When the majority of our congregation is singing the lyrics, this is an indication they are understanding their worship to God and not checking out.” In preparation of a new song, the choir will rehearse it for several weeks ahead and record themselves to use as vocal tracks and stems. During this rehearsal period, his team is listening to these words on repeat, and he will discuss with them the lyrical implications. Herb is also extremely intentional in using scripture, prayer, and exhortation during transitions. He uses this time of transition to carry on the moment of teaching or reverent worship.

Herb has been the traditional worship pastor at Broadmoor Baptist in Shreveport, Louisiana for twenty-three years and has been adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has led in the worship ministry for thirty-eight years. Herb’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, a Master of Music degree from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies.