Staff & Elders

PASTOR

Martha Langford

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Martha Langford is a native Houstonian and a 2007 graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. After seminary, she served churches in Chicago and Rochester, New York.  

Martha holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and served five years as a Communications Officer in the United States Army.  Before entering seminary, she served as the Director of Communications for the Presbytery of New Covenant in Houston.

A “cradle” Presbyterian, Martha loves reading, writing, arts and crafts, walking, and action/adventure movies among other things. After a long sojourn out of state, she is delighted to return to Texas where she is near her family. Her mother, brothers, and sisters live in the greater Houston area. Her daughter Carolyn and granddaughter Rose live near Dallas/Fort Worth.




ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Bobbie Nash

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Bobbie began her service as Administrative Assistant in May 2020. She came to La Grange and First Presbyterian Church in 2008 to join family already living in the Muldoon area. She and her husband George live in the city with their family of cats. She enjoys their farm, gardening, llamas, sheep, and fiber crafts, and she volunteers around the community. Bobbie feels fortunate to have her son and daughter near by along with grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Bobbie is also an ordained Presbyterian Elder, who has served as Clerk of Session for the last several years.

 




ACCOMPANIST

Jean McHenry

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Jean was born in San Antonio, Texas. At two, she moved with her parents, Etta Mae Hargus and Cleo Jackson Smith, to live on the Gulf Coast.  She played for her first church service at the age of eleven and became interested in organ by age fourteen. Jean studied organ and piano at University of texas where she was also a member of the Symphonic Band, University Singers, Acapella Choir and the Texas Stars Drill Team. After leaving university, she worked at Texas Eastern Transmission Company and Exxon in Houston. 

In 1959, she met and married Dr. John McHenry who passed away in February of 2000.  She has three children and three grandchildren. While in Houston, Jean served sixteen years at St. Luke's Methodist Church as accompaniest for the children's choir. In 1990, Festival Hill circulated the job posting for an organist at First Presbyterian Church and in May of that year Jean moved to LaGrange and began her tenure with this congregation.

In her three decades in LaGrange, Jean has become a member of Citizens on Patrol and also plays organ for St Paul's Lutheran Church. Jean likes to attend concerts, loves gardening, sewing, watching tennis, football, and ice skating, and she is a member of the Fourth Thursday Quilters.




FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Jim Allbright

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Jim is ordained as a Presbyterian Elder and began serving the Session in January of 2016. In 2018, he accepted an additional term of service that began January of 2019.

Jim is chair of the Finance and Administration committee.

 




BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Jeremy Janda

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Jeremy Janda was ordained as an Presbyterian Elder in 2016 and began service on the Session in January of 2017.
 
He serves as chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee. 
 



OUTREACH

Jim Bowman

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Jim was ordained as a Presbyterian Elder in 2017 and began serving the Session in January of 2018.

He is chair of the Outreach Committee.




CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Renata Leach

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Renata was ordained a Presbyterian Elder in 2018 and began service on the Session in January 2019.

She is co-chair of the Christian Education Committee.




CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Ben Schovajsa

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Ben was ordained a Presbyterian Elder in 2018 and began service on the Session in January of 2019.

He serves as co-chair of the Christian Education Committee.




CHURCH LIFE

Anna Katherine Schmidt

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A.K. is an ordained Presbyterian elder and began a new term of service on the Session in January of 2020.

She is chair of the Church Life Committee.




CONGREGATIONAL CARE

Pam Hurst

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Pam is an ordained Presbyterian elder and began a new term of service on the Session in January of 2020.

She is chair of the Congregational Care Committee.




WORSHIP

Kim Craig

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Kim is an ordained Presbyterian Elder and began service on the Session in January of 2018.

She is chair of the Worship Committee.