Pastor Roger came to Gretna United Methodist Church in November of 2017. He is very excited to serve a church that has a unique vision to "Connect diverse communities to a lifestyle devoted to Jesus."
He's a Louisiana native of Lottie and a graduate of Livonia High School. After enjoying college a bit too much, he eventually graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana and the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX. Somehow, he became an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church in 1993 and has been blessed to serve churches in Natchitoches, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Sulphur and Vinton.
He is married to Pam who is a gifted artist and art instructor. He married up! Two daughters, Bethany and Penelope and one son, Atticus makes his home life complete and happy. Two dogs, Ivy and Phoenix and a bird named Rio rounds out the Templeton home.
Pastor Roger's passion in church is to create an environment where every person experiences the love of God and is inspired to serve the Lord with joy. You never know what to expect from his sermons...except that they are always Biblically grounded and grace focused.
Carol Britt, DMA-Choir Director and Organist
Carol Britt began studying organ in 7th grade and has played somewhere practically every Sunday since. That's a lot of Sundays! She has played for the Presbyterians (her home church), the Baptists, the Methodists, and the Episcopalians, and she is now back with the Methodists! She feels like she is home!
Carol has several degrees ending with her Doctor of Musical Arts, always with organ as her major instrument. She has taught all levels from elementary to college. She retired (Ha! Ha!) in 2014 from Nicholls State University after 21 years, the last 12 as head of the Music Department.
Carol's husband, Bennett, is the musician at Community Church Unitarian Universalist and is a retired Social Worker. They met at an organ convention-how else! They live music and attend almost every music event in the area!
They have 2 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 cats, and a nice garden. Life is good!