Church Ministry and Staff
Rev. Jerry Shetler, Interim Pastor/Head of Staff
Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, Associate Pastor
Sarah Cooper Searight began her ministry here in January 2009. Originally from Dallas, TX, Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Austin College in Sherman, TX. After serving a year as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, NI, Sarah attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA where she received her Master of Divinity degree. Before coming to First Presbyterian, Sarah served as Director of Urban Ministries for Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, PA. In her ministry, Sarah strives to encourage relationship building and a broader understanding of biblical hospitality that urges us to be faithful stewards of God's love to all people. Study interests include social and theological ethics, biblical narrative, and worship. As Associate for Young Adults and Families, Sarah has the privilege of developing study, fellowship, mission, and support opportunities for this wide-ranging group. For fun, Sarah enjoys being outdoors, reading, throwing pottery, and time with friends. Sarah is married to Bill Searight who is also a proud Austin College kangaroo and graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary.
Rhodes is our Parish Associate for Visitation and Pastoral Care. Rhodes is a retired Presbyterian (USA) pastor, having served churches in Kentucky, Louisiana, and most recently in Texas.
Lauren Rogers, Director of Youth Ministry/Outreach Coordinator
Lauren has spent most of her life in Shreveport, LA. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Religious Studies at Centenary College of Louisiana and serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Alpha Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies/Theology. Lauren became a member of First Presbyterian in June 2006, and she has been active ever since, currently serving on the Board of Deacons and singing in the choir. Lauren enjoys many activities including traveling, reading, theater, and spoiling her two dogs.
Dr. Hollice S. Watson, Choir Director and Organist
Dr. Hollice S. Watson (Holly) grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, as a NASA kid and proud southern Baptist. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Music degree, and the Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester with Master’s and Doctoral degrees in organ performance, as well as the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Holly moved to First Presbyterian, Shreveport as the Organist/Choir Director in 1992, coming from a similar position at First Presbyterian in Salisbury, North Carolina. She has had vast experience working with a variety of denominations prior to becoming Presbyterian, but particularly enjoys reformed worship. The music ministry in her hands is a joyous, varied, enthusiastic, and educational/inspirational ministry, composed of choirs and ensembles of all ages. Holly is also an adjunct faculty member at Centenary College in Shreveport, and enjoys attending concerts, listening to recordings, reading, cooking, traveling, and concertizing in her spare time. She is married to Richard Watson, a professional symphonic trumpeter from Evanston, Illinois; one of their greatest joys in life is performing and traveling together.
Lona Lockard, Staff Secretary/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff McKenzie, Sexton
Jennifer Maness, PCHAS Director
Cindy Natale, First Presbyterian Day School Director/ email@example.com
Sherry Odom, Housekeeper
Peggy Sartin, Administrative Coordinator/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Lillie Sutton, Housekeeper
Susan Whaley, Church Secretary/ email@example.com
Susan Abney, Communications Director / SABNEY@FPCSHREVEPORT.ORG