Pastoral Staff


Alex and Mary Nell Coblentz began their ministry at French Camp Presbyterian Church in July 2008 – Alex as the pastor and Mary Nell as the Ministry Coordinator.

Alex Coblentz grew up in Brazil, the son of missionaries. He is a graduate of the Stony Brook School, Davidson College with a degree in French, and Gordon Conwell Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He has served as a Pastor, and in 3 Christian schools as a teacher, principal and Director of Development.

Mary Nell Coblentz grew up in Huntersville, NC and is a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School and Pfeiffer College with a degree in Christian Education. She has served as a Director of Christian Education, Children’s Ministry Coordinator, and has worked as a Library Assistant.

Alex and Mary Nell have been in the ministry, both the pastorate and Christian education, since their marriage in 1974; they have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.


French Camp Presbyterian Church has seven Ruling Elders who are all deeply committed to serving the Lord and His people through the church.

Glen Barlow serves as the Church Treasurer, the Mayor of French Camp, and Sales Manager for WFCA Radio. Glen is married to Debbie, who is the Administrative Assistant in the FCA Dean of Student’s Office. Glen and Debbie are also Dorm Subs and together cater many of the meals served for special occasions here at French Camp.

John Robert Cockrell and his wife Peggy have been at French Camp for over 40 years and have served in numerous capacities. John Robert served as the H.S. Principal at FCA  for many years and is currently the Athletic Director. Peggy taught school at French Camp Elementary School until she retired.

Dennis Cox teaches Old Testament Survey and Christian Worldview classes at French Camp Academy and often teaches Sunday School at the church. He and his wife Cindy are dorm parents in Griffin Dorm.

Bruce Hosket is the Dean of Students, Football Coach, and former Dorm Parent at French Camp Academy. He is also a graduate of FCA. Bruce’s wife Kim works in the high school library and together with their entire family serve the church and community in a variety of ways.

Larry Littlejohn is the Clerk of Session and currently serves as moderator of Mississippi Valley Presbytery (2012-2013). He is the Assistant Principal at French Camp Academy, has taught H.S. Math and was Camp Director for FCA’s Camp of the Rising Son. Larry’s wife Jeré is a professor at Ole Miss.

Ed Maehlmann teaches Bible and is a work supervisor at French Camp Academy. He serves as the Missions Committee Chairman and together with his wife Margaret has been on numerous mission trips. Margaret is the Receptionist at French Camp’s Welcome Center.

Lance Ragsdale is Vice President of Development at French Camp Academy, is often a guest preacher at area churches and teaches Sunday School at the church. His wife, Anne Katherine, is the church pianist and choir director for French Camp Academy

Board of Deacons

Kevin O’Brien, Chairman
Greg Browning
Danny Donald
Jason Purvis
Roy Purvis
Tim Wade

Women’s Ministry Officers 2016-17 Term

President: Margie Newman
Vice President: Jenni Morgan
Secretary: Hannah O’Brien
Treasurer: Jere Littlejohn
Past President: Margaret Maehlmann
Historian: Anne Katherine Ragsdale
Advisory: Mary Nell Coblentz, Ministry Coordinator

Team Leaders

Children & Youth – Donna Perkins
Communication – Mary Nell Coblentz
Hospitality – Mary Sorensen
Meal – Paige Gallagher
Service & Outreach – Rebecca Edwards
Spiritual Life – Stefani Carmichael

Music Ministry Team

Anne Katherine Ragsdale
Kevin O’Brien
David Dennis
Joy Martin
Margaret Maehlmann:  A/V Technology Coordinator

Custodial Staff

Custodian: Kim Hosket
Lawn Maintenance: Steve Arrowood