Staff

Reverend Kimberly Rodrigue

A graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Rev. Rodrigue has served as an associate pastor in Nashville, TN, lead pastor in Washington, D. C. and Arlington, VA, and most recently was the interim pastor in Nashville, TN. Other career highlights include time at the Ghost Ranch Presbyterian Conference Center and as a hospital chaplain. In her own words, "I thrive in a church that is vibrant, questioning, growing, aware that it is not perfect. This imperfect community of believers and doubters seeks to know God, follow Jesus, uphold one another in struggle and celebration, reach out beyond itself to serve and stand with others. God is love. I believe that, trust that and stake my life on it. Everything else flows from that very basic reality." 

Pastor Kim is passionate about church transformation. She will serve a our Transitional Pastor for a 3 year full time (temporary) term that could end up being a long-term installed position. 

Pastor Kim has initiated a Pastor Around Town approach to connecting with members, visiors, and community members.  One of her commitments in my weekly work schedule is to have some set hours at a place outside the church building, saying, "Sometimes people are more comfortable talking with a pastor outside of the walls of a church. It may be a time for you to drop by or to bring a friend to visit. You don't have to have a particular need to stop by, but it is fine if you do.  It’s a time for conversation on anything from personal matters to church concerns to world peace – or anything else."

Pastor Kim’s walk, coffee & beer hours are subject to change, but are posted on the church's web calendar weekly.  In addition, she will be at the church on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4 for anyone who wants to drop by, or call 504-866-7409 or email kim@fpcno.org to set up another time or location.

Administrative Assistant

Cheryl Roberts is the Secretary/Administrative Assistant at First Presbyterian of New Orleans. She has also been a member of the church for more than 16 years. She has two wonderful adult children De'Antra Armstrong and Christopher Roberts  as well as three grandchildren, Ka'mari, Ke'maya and Kaileigh.  She has been providing office support for First Presbyterian since 1996 with a break to work for a major law firm in New Orleans for 4 years. She left in August 2005 when hurricane Katrina hit, evacuating to Bryan, College Station, Texas, (a place she had never heard of before)  and began working at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas as an Administrative Assistant. She learned to love Texas and First Presbyterian, Bryan, and still keeps in contact with them. She returned to New Orleans and to the the staff of First Presbyterian Church in 2010. 

 

She says: “ When God makes a path for you to follow, he will put things in front of you to recognize and as long as you follow his lead your life will be filled with joy, happiness and prosperity. Out of all the jobs I have had the most rewarding one is being a church secretary. I have been led from one state to the other to share my Christian faith with others. My duties in life are to help and serve others through God's faith in me. Thank you First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans and Bryan, Texas for keeping me grounded.”

Web Admin

Terry Ruppel  is the one of the members of the web team.  

Sunday School Teachers

Parent volunteers Kristy Ruppel and Leslie Schutt alternate teaching the little kids Sunday School class.  

Youth Group

Parent volunteer Tracy Rene Helms-Capasso teaches the pre-teen Sunday School class on scheduled Sundays and is the leader of the church Youth Group.

Wedding Coordinator

Sue Young is a longtime friend of First Presbyterian, starting her relationship with us as a Young Adult Volunteer in 2006 after Katrina. She performed administrative office functions and helped coordinate our numerous volunteer work groups. She spent the year as wedding coordinator as well to fill-in and give the then-coordinator maternity leave.

After her year of service as a volunteer, Sue returned to the northeast, but not for long. As happens in many cases, Sue realized that she belonged in New Orleans and we are thrilled to have her back. Her talents include attention to detail, organization, and prompt, clear communication.  She is an asset to both the church and wedding party members. Sue can be reached via email, weddings@fpcno.org.

 

Presbyterian Fun Fact

There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide and about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

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