Pastor Chris Christopher arrived in January 2016. He holds a Master of Divinity (Class of 1994) from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He is married to the lovely Theresa Russ Christopher and together they have two children, Ada and Charlie. Here are some fun facts about Pastor Chris: (1) His favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz,” (2) his favorite songs are “It’s Only the Beginning” by Chicago and “What a Wonderful World” by Lewis Armstrong, (3) his favorite scripture is Micah 6:8, (4) his favorite candy bar is “Kit Kat,” and (5) he enjoys pineapple or banana ice cream. When asked what he loved about Grace, he said it was our “excitement for the future!” We are so thankful to have Pastor Chris with us! He can be reached in the church office at 504-482-4994 or by email at email@example.com.
Deacon Nicole Garcia arrived at Grace in August 2019 and was ordained on Saturday, October 5th. Nicole is originally from the Carolinas, but she spent a year in Mexico City (where she admits her heart still remains) serving with the Young Adults in Global Mission and one summer at Lutherhill. She is dedicated to the mission of Misión Mesa Abierta and also serves Grace on a part-time basis, supporting Pastor Chris and enhancing the ministry. When she’s not working hard to support two ministries, Nicole loves to do yoga! We are incredibly blessed to have Deacon Nicole at Grace! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Ely, our Church Administrator, coordinates with our Pastor and the entire team to ensure that administrative functions of the congregation are properly addressed. She is also responsible for all bookkeeping duties for Grace. Kim works hard on preparing the bulletin, special announcements, Executive & Council meeting monthly financial reports, and other documentation as needed. She also serves as the point of contact for facilities reservations including volunteer groups & Youthworks. Kim is married and has two children and loves to spend time with her family and their puppy, “Lucy!” She is a valued member of our team. Kim can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 504-482-4994.
Tina Guillot, our Media Director, coordinates with the Pastor and ministry teams to develop and supervise the production of all media for worship services. Additionally, Tina is responsible for congregational communication, including administration of the website and social media accounts. She is married and has two sons. She loves Grace because of the family atmosphere and “all the love.”
Jason Percle, our Music Director, is in charge of all music that falls outside of the pipe organ, including special music and choral music, as well as the music for Saturday night services. He rehearses, organizes, and arranges musical selections for the choir and for the Saturday services. He is also in charge of the stage dressing. He sets up and takes down the sound equipment for every Saturday service, and ensures that everything is back in order for Sunday mornings. Jason has brought such talent and diversity to our team. Not only is he a brilliant and accomplished pianist, he is well trained in rudimental/orchestral percussion and placed 3rd chair or higher in the LMEA all-state concert band for 3 years consecutively. He currently runs a full-capacity studio of 27 private piano students. Jason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.