Staff & Elders

Martha Langford

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Martha Langford is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Rochester and Third Presbyterian Church in August 2008, she served as a Pastoral Resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. This two-year residency is part of the Lilly Endowment’s Transition into ministry program.

Martha holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and served five years as a Communications Officer in the United States Army. During the six years 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, hiking, home improvements, and city living. Her daughter, Carolyn Kelly, lives and works in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.


Kirby Kline

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Kirby Kline, a native Texan, spent a 22-year career in the US Air Force as a Senior Intelligence Analyst, Administrator, and Targeteer. He served in worldwide locations: Germany was his favorite post but the one year in Korea was the best assignment of his career. After retirement at the rank Senior Master Sergeant, Kirby spent another 13 years as a Federal contractor and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq training US and international forces on database mining and operational analysis. His avocations are singing and golf.




Janet Parker

  Janet and Buzz, moved to La Grange in 2005 from Owego, New York.    A native of Long island, Janet studied music at Ithaca College (once the Ithaca Conservatory of Music) where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Masters of Music in Applied Voice. In-between degrees, she nurtured her life-long creativity as a fabric store employee and knitting teacher while new husband Buzz played jazz trumpet in the U.S. Army Field Band.

     After graduation, Janet taught middle school general music and chorus for a few years part time while studying singing and training at the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. At this point in her life, the challenge of full-time vocal performance called to her, and she traded music education (except for private lessons) for singing opera, performing oratorio and doing solo work with symphony orchestras and choral groups. Accomplishments include some twenty acclaimed operatic roles, ranging from the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland” to the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen.” During this period, she was vocalist with over a dozen orchestras, singing music that extended from the baroque to twentieth century.

     After several years on the stage, Janet decided to “retire” from being on the road and accepted a fulltime teaching position with the Owego Free Academy (public High School in Owego, NY). There she taught Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, Select Choir, General Music class and college-level Music Theory. She and Buzz became eligible for early retirement, much to their benefit and to that of La Grange.

     Since moving here, while not planning for and working with the Chancel Choir, the Praise Band, or with the worship team preparing services, Janet has spent many hours working with Buzz on their extensive and awesome home remodel. She is currently the president of the Colorado Valley Quilt Guild and an extra-active member of the “Thursday Quilters.” When time allows, Janet will play the piano, sew, knit, crochet, garden, read, cook, bake, and make her own cleaning and laundry products (a gift to the environment). She is devoted to Irish Setter, Brady.



Jean McHenry

I was born in San Antoino, Texas on August 24, 1935 to Etta Mae Hargus and Cleo Jackson Smith.  When I was two years old, we moved to the Gulf Coast.  I played for my first church service at the Kemah Methodist Church when I was eleven years old.  We lived in nearby Dickinson until 1953.  I became interested in the organ at age fourteen, when our church in Dickinson acquired an organ..  In 1953, I graduated from Dickinson High School and enrolled at the University of Texas where I studied organ and piano. I was a member of the Symphonic Band, University Singers, Acapella Choir and the Texas Stars Drill Team.


After leaving university, I worked at Texas Eastern Transmission Co. and Exxon in Houston.  I met and married Dr. John McHenry in 1959.  He passed away in Feb. 2000.  We had three children and three grandchildren.  We were members of St. Luke's Methodist Church where I was accompanist for the children's choir for 16 years before coming to La Grange.  I was active in the Medical Society Auxiliary a member of the alumni board,, a volunteer at River Oaks Elementary and St. John's School, a member of the Blue Bird Circle, charter member of the Magic Circle Republican Women's Club and a Junior League Patron.

My parents retired to their farm in Fayetteville in 1974, so I have been coming to this area for over 43 years.  Festival Hill was just getting started an dthey informed me in the spring of 1990 that the Presbyterians needed an organist.  I left my job at Rice University in May of 1990 to take on this wonderful 27 year journey to become your organist.  Four years later St. Paul's Lutheran Church ask me to play for their 8:00 A. M. service, adding their Saturday night service to my schedule in 2006.  My hobbies are attending concerts, gardening, sewing, watching tennis, football and ice skating.  I am a member of Citizens on Patrol and 4th Thursday Quilters.


Jeremy Janda

Jeremy Janda
Born October 1979 in La Grange
Graduated La Grange High School in 1998
Married Jenny 2008
2 sons Will and Reed
Joined church in 2009
Own and operate a self storage facility in Seadrift and Smithville Texas
Free time is spent outside and raising our 2 sons

Church Life Chair

Rebecca Halder

I was born in La Grange,  raised in Nechanitz, and  I graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School. In 1973, I graduated  from the University of Texas in Austin with a BS in Elementary and Special Education and in 1977 I received my Masters in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M.
Religious instruction began where I was raised at Waldeck Lutheran Church.  Sine then, I have attended and been involved in  both ELCA and Missouri Lutheran synods as well as the United Church of Christ.
I am married to Clive Halder and we have  two children, Monica and Brian, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Grant.  Both of our  children live out of state (Denver and Raleigh) and as a family, we make regular visits to see each other.
I have worked as an Educational Diagnostician and teacher for 35 years.  States in which I have worked include Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and North Carolina. 
I am honored to be asked to serve as an Elder for First Presbyterian and sincerely hope that my efforts will be of benefit to Church Life.

Congregational Care

Katie Gross

Katie was born and raised in La Grange.  She has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1986.  Katie enjoys working with her committee to plan a variety of activities for the church.

She is a licensed professional counselor serving the Fayette County area.  Katie also serves on the board of directors of the Texas Women's League.  She and her husband Byron reside in La Grange and have four young children.


Jim Allbright

Born Camp Roberts California, as a child lived in CA, Verdun France, Ft. Leonard Wood MO , Yokohama Japan and Austin TX. Graduated U Of Texas 1974 with BBA in Accounting, Worked in Houston 1974-1983 with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Moved to LG in 1983, work in own CPA practice. Community Participation:

 FAVCC   President and Treasurer
 Boy Scout Troop 204  Chairman and Scoutmaster
 LG Optimist Club - Board Member, Director of youth soccer and basketball programs
 Fayette Memorial Hospital- Trustee, Secretary and Chairman
One Child- JJ Allbright CWO3 US Army Monterey CA
One Granddaughter- Madison Marie Allbright

Clerk of Session and Mission Committee Chair

Bobbie Nash

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Bobbie is happy to be a part of the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange and to be able to serve in this small capacity.  She lives for her family, her small farm with assorted rescue animals and gardening.  A little knitting on the side keeps her balanced. 

As a session member, her responsibility is the Clerk of Session and the chair of Mission Committee.  She relies heavily on the great committee that supports the congregation.


Jim Bowman

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I was born in Beaumont and raised in that general area. My initial encounter with Christ, at around 12 years old, was at the First Baptist Church of Loeb, Texas where I accepted Him as my savior, was baptized, attended church and participated often in that congregations Sunday School and other associated youth ministry programs.


Norma and I moved to La Grange in 2001 and following visitations to many of the local churches began periodically attending Sunday services at FPCLG. Not long after Pastor Jerry arrived we began attending more frequently and ultimately requested membership and were confirmed. We both have grown in our walks with Christ since doing so. My first call to do God’s work was by becoming a volunteer with KAIROS Prison Ministries in late 2016. I continue to serve in that ministry and was called by FPCLG in late 2017 and confirmed to become an Elder of this wonderful organization. Once again, The Lord has blessed me beyond my imagination.


My first assignment as Session Elder is to lead FPCLG’s Community Outreach committee. I am beginning to understand the assignment and have realized I’ll always need the support and heart felt input of my FPCLG Brothers and Sisters in Christ if I am to be in His Will as I do His work. Your prayers are certainly requested and needed.


Worship Committee Chair

Kim Craig

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La Grange has been home for my husband, Kirk,
and me since 1990.
We still work at our kitchen design business.
The work is keeping us young, we think.
Our son & his wife live in Arvada, Colorado.

Kim heads up our Worship Committee with her

 organizational skills we are fortunate in the life of our church to have her skills.

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