Church Staff

Jeneille Lagrone

Senior Minister

A pastor, preacher, Biblical teacher, encourager, equipper, and fellow learner as well as a wife, mom and friend; Jeneille has served as Senior Minister of First Christian Church since 2018. She guides and equips our church to realize God’s gifts in our lives and how best to use them to honor God. 


In 20 years of ministry, Jeneille has served as senior pastor, worship minister, and minister to youth and young adults. Her motivation in ministry is to move people toward glorifying God with their whole self - to  know Jesus’ love, to daily live their faith, and to share their authentic stories of God’s goodness. 


She and her husband Chad have been life-long friends and married for 14 years. They have 3 kids who are each different, quirky, and offer an amazing peek into who God is. She holds two degrees from Texas Christian University and loves her TCU Horned Frogs, reading books and listening to podcasts, singing and playing her guitar.


Meredeth brown

Children's ministry

Meredeth has been on staff at First Christian Church since 2006. She is the guru of all things children ministry! She is also the wife to Scot, and mom to Michael and Courtlyn. Meredeth is creative, loving, and a dedicated servant. She can be found around the church scheming up Sunday School fun, creating VBS {organized} chaos, and building wonderful lessons that help children experience the Bible. Beyond working with our children, Meredeth also trains our teachers and volunteers so they can feel confident in serving God through our children's ministry. 

Kate Auringer

Music Ministry

Kate Auringer is the Director of Worship Ministries and brings a unique spirit to ‘making a joyful noise’! Growing up in Chandler, Texas she was raised on church music by her parents and grandparents and continues that legacy of family and faith. She helps people connect to God through the gift of music in our various music groups - handbells, pop up choir and our praise team.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, with a degree in Music emphasizing Piano Pedagogy, Kate also uses her gifts teaching.  Along with having a private piano studio, Kate also teaches piano at the Choir School of East Texas and elementary music and art at Promise Academy in Tyler.

Kate can often be found hiking various trails throughout east Texas, and is always up for an outdoor adventure. She also enjoys yoga and time snuggled up with Mr. Thomas, her cat.