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.
Adrain Vaughn-Worship Leader
Adrain Vaughn has served as our Worship Leader since October 2007 and blessed us with her voice, selection of inspiring music and her leadership. Adrain has served in a number of different churches in similar positions across the city and was highly sought after. Her gifts, training and passion for worship are unmatched. We are very fortunate to have her. She has assembled one of the best worship bands in the city, "Committed." Adrains's responsibilities will include selecting praise music, leading worship, securing musicians for the praise time and helping to plan the worship experience.
Tina Watson-Church Secretary
Tina Watson has served as our Secretary since February 2008 and is married to Jerry. They have an adult son, Christopher. They serve together as a family in their church and community. Through the years, she has served in Women's Ministry, Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Intercessory Prayer. As a family, they are very involved in Special Olympics and the special needs population in the community.
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!