I thank God every time I remember you...
Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith
Pastor Janie was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived all over the southeastern United States. After serving congregations in South Carolina and Louisiana, she and her family began ministry with FPCH in summer of 2019.
She has twin sons, Lucien and Arthur, in Junior Kindergarten, twin bonus daughters, Taylor and Caitlin, in college, and two "old men" puppies (both sixteen), Loki & Charlie. She and her family enjoy travel, good food, board games, and nerd culture.
I am convinced ... nothing else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
A native of Cleveland Ohio, Walter has degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore MD. He has been a church musician for 47 years in Pennsylvania and Maryland. He has been serving First Presbyterian Church for 14 years.
He is married to Susan; they have one Daughter Amy, who lives in Pittsburgh.
Church Administrator: Angela Koelle
Born and raised in Hollidaysburg, Angela is a military spouse with one teenage daughter and one Vizsla puppy, Penny. She values time spent with family and friends. She loves to cook and bake in her free time, as well as attend her daughter’s sporting events. She loves the beach, the sun, summer, and traveling.
Childcare Worker: Taylor Thompson
Originally from Prairieville, Louisiana, Taylor moved to Hollidaysburg with Pastor Janie and her late husband Brad in 2019. She has been caring for their twin sons, Luc & Thor, since they were six months old and has since become a permanent member of the family - their bonus daughter. Taylor is currently studying Psychology at Penn State Altoona and also works at T&N Nails. She joined the FPCH family as our Childcare Worker in 2020.
In her free time, Taylor enjoys puzzles, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.