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The Reverend David Watson - Pastor

Rev. David Watson began serving as the Pastor of Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church on August 1st, 2018.

Before joining the MRPC Family, David worked for Baptist Community Ministries and served as Chaplain for the New Orleans Police Department from 2016-2018. In that role David served the members and families of the N.O.P.D. as well as the citizens of New Orleans. While there David earned his Board Certification in Chaplaincy becoming a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2009) and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2015). After completing his degree from Austin Seminary, David completed a Chaplain Residency Program with Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. During that program, David served as the Trauma Chaplain at Dell Children’s Medical Center and the ICU Chaplain at Seton Medical Center in Austin.

David is married to the Reverend Sarah Chancellor-Watson who serves as the Associate Pastor for Mission and Outreach at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. David and Sarah have a dog named Buster, who fills up half of the pictures on David’s phone. David has a passion for cooking and golf, and is beyond excited to join the family at MRPC!

Email: Rev. David Watson 

Jaynie Owen - Financial Assistant

Jaynie has been with Metairie Ridge as the part-time Financial Assistant since October 2014.
She and her husband, Tom, have been married since September 2007. Jaynie has five wonderful children; Matthew, Katy, Hope, Audrey, and Patrick.
She also has two adorable grandchildren. Jaynie loves her part-time schedule here which allows her to spend more time being with and taking care of her family.

Email: Jaynie Owen     

Gloria Cuadrado - Music Director

Gloria, a church organist for 48 years, has served as the choir director and organist at Metairie Ridge for over 25 years. 

With a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education from Loyola and a Master's degree in Piano Performance from Western Kentucky University,
she has been a music educator and accompanist in the New Orleans area for 35 years.
Gloria worked at NOCCA for 11 years as an accompanist in the Classical Vocal department and presently teaches General Music and
Choir to 5th-12th graders at the Academy of the Sacred Heart on St. Charles Avenue.
She is also the accompanist for the opera quartet Bon Operatit that performs in New Orleans, as well as the Northshore and Gulf Coast areas.
Gloria has also served as music director and accompanist for over forty musical theater productions around town
and also serves as organist at Old Metairie Protestant Church and Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

Email: Gloria Cuadrado   

Barbara Joseph - Sexton

Barbara has been the Sexton at Metairie Ridge since December 2017.
She has one daughter named Bianca and a granddaughter named Giselle.
Barbara really enjoys working here and being around the teachers and children of our Child Development & Daycare Centers.

Darlene Evans - Child Development Center Director


Darlene has been with the Metairie Ridge preschool since 1981 and has been it's director since 1990.
She has a B.S. in Elementary Education and has taught elementary school students for five years before coming to Metairie Ridge.

Darlene and her husband, Don, have been married since June 1974. They have three children; Chad, Robert, and Courtney.
She also has eight amazing grandchildren.
Darlene enjoys being the director and watching the students develop over the years they attend the preschool.

Email: Darlene Evans     

Keri Mercer - Daycare Center Director

It’s with great excitement that Metairie Ridge welcomes our new Daycare Director. Keri began serving in this role on August 12th, 2019, but she is no stranger to MRPC. Keri was previously the lead teacher for the two-year-old room, and her exceptional work made her stand out. 

Keri has a great passion for working with children that began when she worked at a summer camp when she was 14 years old.
After graduating from high school, she wanted to further her education in child development.
To help with that goal Keri began working as a teacher at Metairie Ridge while working on her certifications in Child Care. 

After a brief time away from Metairie Ridge, Keri rejoined the teachers of MRPC in her new role as a lead teacher.
Keri credited her love for Metairie Ridge as the main reason for her returning to daycare.
That passion for Metairie Ridge and its daycare is evident in the work that she has already done. 

Keri recently completed and was awarded her Child Development Associate Certification and is excited for the future of the Metairie Ridge Daycare.  


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