First Presbyterian Church of Lafayette

A Place to Experience, Explore, and Express the Love of God



Pastor: The Rev. Zach Sasser

A native of Georgia, Zach and his family moved to Lafayette in 2010 to serve as our Pastor. He holds Masters degrees in Christian Education and Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Zach has served congregations in Virginia and Georgia from the mountains to the coast. His passion is connecting faith with everyday living and encouraging a lifestyle of responsiveness to Godʼs grace. Zach believes his calling as a husband and father is a gift from God, and you may see him around town coaching soccer or lifting his children to catch beads on a passing float

Choir Director and Organist: Arthur Ghere

Arthur comes to us from Thibodaux, Louisiana, by way of New Orleans - where has lived for the last 10 years.  He holds a Master of Divinty with a Specialization in Christian Education and a Master of Music in Church Music from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has served at various churches in the New Orleans area in both education and music ministries.  He is involved in the  American Guild of Organists and enjoys collaborating and associating with other local musicians.  

Secretary: Barbara Brooks

Barbara is a professinal gardener and a Legal Transcriptionist - and she certainly keeps us organized! She oversees student parking and our communications in general.  

Congregational Leadership

Leadership in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is representative and from the grass roots rather than administered from the top down. In the local congregation, the governing council is called the Session. Representatives elected by the congregation to serve two year terms on the Session are called Ruling Elders. Session meetings are moderated by our Pastor, who is also known as a Teaching Elder. The Clerk is the chief recording officer, responsible for communications, record keeping, and reports to higher governing councils. Sessions are often organized into ministry teams or committees. Deacons are also elected for ministries related to serving the needs of the congregation. Our current Leadership includes:


Monique Peddy

Clerk of Session


Stephen Andrew

Property Chair

Marilyn Mosley-Haggerty

Nominating Chair

Robert Nash

Outreach and Service Chair

Bruce Turner

Worship Chair


Julie Clement

Christian Education Chair

Richard Hebert


Tiffany Steward


Wendy Mayfield



Rose Marcus

Member Care

Masie Underwood

Member Care

Tom Foard

Stewardship and Finance

Rush Caldwell


Melanie Schoeffler


Al Pfeuffer

Stewardship and Finance