Pastor and Staff



Rev. Deirdré Allen, Senior Pastor

Rev. Deirdré Allen is a pastor, teacher and people person at her core. She was raised by missionary parents in South Africa who served the Zulu people during the Apartheid years. Returning to America as a teen, she graduated high school at the age of 16 and attended Mississippi College. There she received her RN, BSN and worked in Newborn intensive care and Labor and Delivery.

She is married to Paul and has three grown children. Trey is a physician in Conroe, Texas. Andreé is a teacher in Lafayette, LA, and William is a computer programmer in Baton Rouge, LA.

She attended Asbury Theological Seminary and graduated in 2019. She served as associate pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.

Pastor Deirdré is an avid reader, she loves to cook and is ever eager to try new things. She loves to sing and has been a part of many choirs and ensembles. In all things she strives to give her best and seeks to follow the way of Jesus Christ.


Samantha D. Williams, Administrative Assistant
Samantha has served here since 2019. She is married. She is a retired professional high school counselor and teacher, loves playing with her grandkids, traveling and shopping. She is an avid reader and novice gardener and enjoys being with people.


Beth Lafargue, Financial Manager
Beth Lafargue has served as Financial Manager since 2019. She is a CPA, but her real passion is serving others. She and her late husband were active members at FUMC in Hammond.
Beth currently serves as Treasurer at First Hammond. She is also the Baton Rouge District Disaster Coordinator and is a Certified Lay Leader. She is pursuing the role of Certified Lay Speaker and is an UMCOR Certified ERT trainer. She is President of Center of Hope for Tangipahoa, a nonprofit that she has been active in since 2018. Begun during the COVID pandemic, Beth credits its phenomenal success to God’s grace and His perfect timing.


Shannon D. Lewis,
Director of Family Ministries & Outreach Coordinator
Shannon is a Ponchatoula hometown girl, who moved away for many years to travel the world. Moving back home several years ago she found her home at FUMC Ponchatoula as the Family Ministries Director and Outreach Coordinator. Prior to returning home she served as a full time Director of Youth Ministry and has obtained training from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 
Shannon is a mom to 5 children. 


John Holley, Director of Music Ministry