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The Rev. Evan McClanahan
Pastor McClanahan is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. As a son of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Shreveport, he was steeped in Lutheran liturgy and theology. He attended Centenary College of Louisiana and earned a B.A. Music, focusing on classical guitar.
Pastor McClanahan worked for two years as an executive recruiter before being called to seminary. He attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for three years, and had a one year internship at St. John Lutheran in Royal, Illinois, a town of 300 in central Illinois. He met his wife Amanda in Chicago and they married August 6, 2006.
Upon graduating from seminary, he was called to Living Word Lutheran Church in Grapevine, Texas, where he served as Associate Pastor. In December 2009, he was called to serve as Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. He enjoys playing guitar and mountain dulcimer and won second place in a national mountain dulcimer competition in September, 2011.
In May 2009, he and his wife had their first child, daughter Adalyn Rose. She was baptized into Christ August 30, 2009. In March, 2011, they had their son Alister Gregory, who was baptized into Christ August 28, 2011. Amanda and Evan both enjoy entertaining, cooking, and spending time with their children and their dog Gus.
While at First, he has initiated several ministries, including Jesus 101, an outreach to HCC students, the Bonhoeffer House, a house of studies with seven participants currently enrolled, and the First Word debate and lecture series. You can read more about Pastor McClanahan here.
Jane Almquist, Deaconness
Deaconess Jane Almquist is a native Houstonian. A graduate in Humanities from the University of Houston -- Downtown, she studied Pastoral Theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston. After three years of deaconess education and formation through the Lutheran Deaconess Association at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, she was consecrated in 1998 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston. She completed an extended unit plus a one-year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Currently, she is in the midst of a three-year course in Spiritual Direction through the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Deaconess Jane has served as a hospital chaplain, a parish deaconess, and a Christian day school teacher. In the secular world, she spent fifteen years in the education field. As well as serving the Bonhoeffer House, a ministry of First Evangelical Lutheran, she pastors Trinity Lutheran Church in Liberty, Texas.
Jane and her husband, John, are parents of Sarah Carson, Mary Almquist, and Elizabeth Almquist, and grandparents to Levi and Lydia Carson. They enjoy baseball games, pubs, cooking, and family time with the girls, son-in-law, babies, and their pets--two dogs and seven cats.
Nancy Kincaid, Administrative Assistant
Dorry Shaddock, Organist
Josh Hortman, Choir Director
Gemta Tessema, Custodian
The Rev. Edwin D. Peterman