What We Believe:
We are a congregation that is:
Class of 2020 – Sue Benge, Mary Lou Burke, Mark Couvillion, Joe Dye, Jan Laird, and Youth Elder Connor Couvillion.
Deacons – Jerry Burke, Phyllis Cagney, and Virginia Conrad
Committees Serving the Mission of the Church
Pastor - Nanette Cagney
Nanette Cagney was born in Norfolk, Virginia, into a career military family. Her father was in the Navy, so she lived in several states growing up including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, Virginia and South Carolina. She attended College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina, and transferred her junior year to Loyola University, New Orleans. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work and worked primarily in psychiatric social work. Nanette worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents through Catholic Charities in New Orleans, and in the VA psychiatric hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi. She also worked for the welfare department in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Wanting to further her education, she attended Tulane law school and graduated in 1982. She worked in the oil industry and then had a small law firm in Lafayette, Louisiana, before moving to Lake Charles in 1991 to work in the federal court.
Nanette was first licensed to preach in another denomination in 1982. She began doing pulpit supply in the PCUSA in 2001. She was ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2006. After 3 years of study, Nanette became a commissioned ruling elder through Dubuque Theological Seminary. Nanette served unofficially as the pastor of St. Andrew since June, 2006.
Although an attorney trained in the law, Nanette believes in God’s abundant grace. She believes that one of the best experiences for anyone is the realization of the place and power of grace in each life.
Church Secretary – Anita Duhon
Anita Duhon has been the secretary of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for 18 years; the glue that keeps us all together. She has served three pastors.
Anita grew up in Illinois but migrated to Louisiana. She attended McNeese University graduating with a BS degree in Law Enforcement. It was while working at the police department that she met and married her husband, Richard, thirty six years ago.
She has one son, 3 dogs, and 1 cat. Animals have always been in the household since childhood. Anita worked with horses and showed until leaving Illinois. Since then the world of dog sports and events has lead to many new friendships and endless fun.
She came to work at St. Andrew in 1998 when a friend recommended she apply for the secretarial position. She’s been with us through thick and thin. Asked what she likes best about her job….”Working with the people in the congregation.” In addition to her office responsibilities, she is the editor of the monthly newsletter, Hook and Line.
Music Director - Emily Lancon
Emily is a native of Lake Charles. She transferred from LA Tech to McNeese to finish her undergraduate degree in vocal performance (Soprano). She has performed in several musicals including, The Pajama Game, Into the Woods, The LIttle Mermaid and Broadway on Bank. Emily has served as the Choir Director at Alabama Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Sibley, LA.
Assistant Music Director - Bryce Louviere
Bryce is a junior at McNeese. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in vocal performance (bass). Bryce was one of the featured soloists in last year's Messiah performance here in Lake Charles. He helps Dr. Michael Buckles instrct the Bulber Youth Orchestra. While attending Louisiana College prior to McNeese, he was part of a traveling musical ensemble Voices of Louisiana College. Bryce also composes music and has written new arrangements of several hymns that we hope to perform with our choir. Bryce will lead the contemporary worship service the last Sunday of each month.