A Spirit of Welcome and Service for
the Greater Baton Rouge Community
Founded in 1983, Highland Presbyterian Church (USA) is a vibrant tree in God's grace-filled orchard. Deeply rooted in God's life-giving presence here on earth, this tree extends its branches to support one another in faith and reach into the world around it to produce fruit. Whether you are seeking God's presence through questions or service, discussion or fellowship, there is a home for you at Highland.
Our Pastor Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith
Rev. McElwee-Smith was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, graduating in 2005 with a BA degree in Religion and Political Science. In 2009 Rev. McElwee-Smith completed her Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, and was ordained in September of that same year. She joined Highland Presbyterian Church as Senior Pastor in 2016. Rev. McElwee-Smith is married to Brad Smith and they have twin boys born in February 2017.