Rev. Alex Lee-Cornell
Alex grew up in Decatur, Georgia with his mother, a Presbyterian pastor; his father, an urban planner; and his younger brother, a fellow preacher’s kid. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where studied sociology, Spanish, and breakfast tacos. Upon graduation, he lived in Lima, Peru for a year, as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) for the Presbyterian Church (USA), There, he gained experience in cross-cultural, small-church ministry, but left his appendix and any illusion of his own self-sufficiency. He completed a second year as a YAV in Los Angeles, California, living with other YAVs in a Christian community house, grounded in prayer and service to one another and to the most vulnerable citizens of Los Angeles.
Alex then returned to Texas to complete the Master’s of Divinity program at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (though it does feel presumptuous to suggest that he has “mastered divinity”). As part of his coursework, he spent a summer in New Orleans as a pastoral intern at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. That summer he met his wife, Kathy, who is now also an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor and Austin Seminary graduate.
Alex and Kathy have two children, Owen and Gabe, who (besides being mischievous preacher’s kids in their own right) attend St. Paul’s Episcopal School and the LPC Weekday School. Prior to coming to LPC, Alex served St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Houston, St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson, TX, and most recently was the Transitional Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Throughout his career, Alex has worked to help congregations imagine new ways to “do church” in the 21st century, emphasizing community building and neighborhood partnerships.
Alex is passionate about church potlucks, new interpretations of scripture, and working for a more just world. He also enjoys exploring all the magical culinary and cultural offerings of New Orleans, running (i.e. mainly sweating) in City Park, and spending far too much time streaming online after his children (finally) go to bed.
Director of Music
Thomas Brown, Ed. D, has joined Lakeview Presbyterian as our Director of Music and Pianist/Organist. Thomas has enjoyed a 45 year career as choral director for the public school, university and church. Most recently he served as Director of Music Ministry for the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin TX for 23 years. After he "retired" in 2018, he and his wife Ann moved to New Orleans. We are so happy to have Thomas and Ann in the city and here at Lakeview Presbyterian.
Weekday School Interim Director
Angelle Gupet has worked at Lakeview Presbyterian Weekday School for 14 years. She began as a Pre-K 4 Lead Teacher, then became the Assistance Director. Now she serves as the Interim Director.
A certified art teacher, Angelle has been in the teaching profession for more than twenty years. "I love working at LPWS and am very passionate about children, our school, and teaching! I strive every day to be constantly learning so I can do what is best for our children and their parents!"