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First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans
5401 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
Pastors, elders, and members of the Presbytery of South Louisiana are invited to attend the commissioning of Rev. Kimberly Rodrigue into ministry at First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans
Sunday, September 3, in a service led by Rev. Jan Edmiston, co-moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Rev. Rodrigue is a native of New Orleans and was invited to serve as a transitional pastor for the progressive congregation by the Presbytery of South Louisiana. A graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Rev. Rodrigue has served churches in Nashville, Tenn., Washington, D.C., and, Arlington, Va., as well as a hospital chaplain and with the Ghost Ranch Presbyterian Conference Center in New Mexico. Her childhood friend, Trice Gibbons will give the charge as a homecoming to Rev. Rodrigue. They met at Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church but Mr. Gibbons is currently a member of Second Presbyterian Church where Rev. Rodrigue was ordained in 1987.
Serving as a pastor, theologian, and writer, Rev. Edmiston is a bold but calming voice in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as to the greater Christian community across the U.S. Currently serving as associate executive presbyter for ministry in the Presbytery of Chicago, she blogs at A Church for Starving Artists, which examines the life of Christians today and addresses the challenges facing churches and leaders as they strive to minister to a hungry world. She co-moderates the 222nd General Assembly of the PCUSA along with Rev. Denise Anderson, a term that will conclude in 2018. The election of Rev. Edmiston and Rev. Anderson represented the first time the General Assembly has elected co-moderators and the first time an all-female slate was chosen.
The commissioning service will begin at 2:00pm and will include music performed on the church’s historic Opus 635 (1916) Austin Organ. A Labor Day-themed reception will follow.
The nearly 200-year old First Presbyterian Church is the oldest Presbyterian church in New Orleans and the city’s second oldest protestant church. It is the only full More Light Presbyterians congregation in Louisiana and shares its space with another church, a daycare center, and dance and social organizations.