After a two-year search, the congregation of Highland Presbyterian Church has named a new pastor, the Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith.
McElwee-Smith is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Vanderbilt Divinity School. She was ordained as a Presbyterian Church (USA) teaching elder in 2009 and formerly served as associate pastor in the First Presbyterian Church of Sumter, South Carolina.
The members of Highland Presbyterian welcomed McElwee-Smith and husband Brad to the Baton Rouge community at services on Jan. 10.