Rev. Dr. Chris Currie
Pastor/Head of Staff
Chris Currie began his ministry here at First Presbyterian as pastor/head of staff in October 2013. Born in Scotland and raised in Texas, Chris attended Davidson College where he developed a love of learning and continued to pursue the life of faith at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. After graduation, he moved to Charlotte, taught high school history and attended Covenant Presbyterian Church. Chris attended Princeton Seminary and served for six years as the pastor of Calypso Presbyterian Church in Calypso, NC. In 2010, Chris and his family left Calypso for Edinburgh, Scotland, where Chris pursued a PhD in Theology at the University of Edinburgh, School of Divinity. While a full-time student, Chris continued in ministry by serving as a Church of Scotland chaplain at the local prison. He also served as a temporary minister at Greyfriars Kirk in central Edinburgh. Along with his wife Stephanie and their three children, Chris took advantage of the many opportunities for travel and exploration while living abroad, and the family is excited about new adventures and experiences in Louisiana, in and through the life at First Presbyterian Church. Through his ministry here in Shreveport, Chris looks forward to joining us in service to Jesus Christ, the most powerful force at work in our world, risen from the dead and on the loose, invading our lives and calling upon us to leave what we thought was everything behind to follow him.
318-222-0604 ext 227
Rev. Seth Saathoff
Associate Pastor for Mission, Youth and Discipleship
Seth Saathoff was born in San Antonio and grew up in Bandera, Texas (the Cowboy Capital of the World). Seth attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas where he first explored his call to ministry. Seth met his wife, Katy, at McMurry and after graduating, enrolled in the Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his M.Div. While in seminary, Seth gained a greater sense of his vocational calling towards parish ministry. In addition to serving churches in Texas and New Jersey (and now Louisiana) Seth has also worked with college and camp ministries. Seth’s primary responsibilities include working with the Youth Program, Outreach Ministry and Discipleship. Seth is married to Katy and they are the proud parents of Sydney, their Labrador puppy.
318-222-0604 ext 218
Rev. R. Rhodes Stipp
Parish Associate for Visitation & Pastoral Care
Rhodes retired from active ministry in 2010 after serving churches for forty-four years. He and his wife, Susan, moved to Shreveport to be near their daughter and her family, who were active members at First Presbyterian Church. In March of 2011 Rhodes was called to serve as Parish Associate with primary responsibilities for visitation, with some time for pastoral care and leadership in worship. Rhodes grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, attended the University and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. He received his M.Div. degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and did additional graduate work at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. After seminary Rhodes served five congregations located in Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. He has always been active in his Presbytery and Synod.
318-222-0604 ext 228
Lynace Pabst Veit
Director of Children & Family Ministry
Lynace served as the Director of Children's Ministries from August 2013-September 2014 and returned as Director of Children & Family Ministry in March of 2015. Originally from Danville, PA, Lynace received a B.M. in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA and an M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, in Princeton, NJ. After seminary, Lynace served as the Children's and Youth Choir Director for Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg, PA and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA. Before coming to First Presbyterian, Lynace spent two years as the Director of Children's Ministry and Children's Choir Director at First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches, LA. As her call to ministry, Lynace seeks to encourage children to have a personal relationship with Christ through bible study, worship, fellowship, and service. Her study interests include children in worship, the role of families in spiritual development, congregational singing, and the Sacraments. Beyond work, Lynace enjoys going to the movies, crocheting, baking & cooking, and spending time with her husband, TC Veit, and their little boy, Theo.
318-222-0604 ext 225
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.
318-222-0604 ext 210
Will Wilson is currently pursuing a M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. Originally from Asheville NC, he is a 2013 graduate of Montreat College, double majoring in philosophy and biblical studies. He has worked on Montreat Conference Center’s summer staff for two years, and has served as a ministry intern at Churches in Asheville NC, Trenton, NJ, and New York, NY. Will is very excited to be doing a second internship here at First Presbyterian. This time he will be with us from mid-August to mid-June. He will have a variety of ministry responsibilities and will be involved specifically in Christian Education (Adult, Youth, and Children's ministry), Mission and Outreach activities, worship, pastoral care, stewardship, and church administration ministries. He will live in the Highland community and looks forward to his full participation in our life and work over the next year. Following graduation from Seminary, he hopes to be called into parish ministry.
318-222-0604 ext 224
Susan Whaley - Church Secretary
Lona Lockard - Staff Secretary
318-222-0604 ext. 220
Peggy Sartin - Administrative Coordinator
318-222-0604 ext. 213
Susan Abney - Director of Communications
318-222-0604 ext. 212
Kathy Booth - FPDS Director
318-222-0604 ext. 216