Pastor - Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis
Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She graduated with honors from St. Leo University with a B.A. Psychology. After traveling as an armed services spouse, she entered Columbia Theological Seminary where she graduated with a Masters in Divinity in May 2013.
While at CTS, she distinguished herself in her in-depth research efforts at the intersection of anti-racism, art, worship, and multi-culturalism for which she was awarded honors in the area of practical theology. Upon her graduation, she was awarded the William Dudley Award for excellence in the area of evangelism and church growth.
Since seminary, Shavon has served calls as pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Midwest City, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, and Providence Presbyterian Church in Providence, RI.
She finds profound joy in crafting worship, pastoral care, and encouraging as many people as possible to be involved with what God is up to in congregational life and beyond through faithful discernment. For the past 6 years, she has been dedicated to supporting the wider church through leadership in the NEXT Church movement as a strategy team member, coordination team leader, and co-chair.
"I am overjoyed to be called to serve as Pastor of Meadowlake Presbyterian Church. For me that means being a sibling in ministry, encourager, supporter, leader, theological resourcer, preacher, teacher, shepherd, and counselor for the Faith Community of Meadowlake Church and Our Neighbors." - Pastor Shavon
Preschool Director - Terra Dean
Terra has worked with young children in various settings for over 20 years. She has a degree in elementary education and early childhood education. Terra has had the privilege of teaching preschool at Meadowlake for the past couple years and is so excited to serve as the new preschool director. She believes in the importance of nurturing and developing the whole child- spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually- in a loving, Christ-like atmosphere. She is looking forward to an awesome school year with the most amazing students, families, and staff!
Church Secretary and Musical Accompanist - Jen Hammond