Ryan is a native of Shelbyville, Tennessee and a graduate of The University of Memphis (BBA) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (MDiv). A lifelong Presbyterian, he was ordained into ministry in 2009 at Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama and served as youth director to churches in Shelbyville and Franklin, Tennessee. Ryan is married to Laura Massey Jensen has two children: Camille (11) and Knox (9). Ryan loves spending time with his family and is an occasional runner, swimmer, canoe guide, and connoisseur of fine ales. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, where he was “Newcomer of the Year” in 2020-2021.
Ryan received his certificate in The David G. Buttrick Program in Homiletic Peer Coach Preaching from Vanderbilt University in April of 2022.
He enjoys spending time perfecting the art of smoked pork ribs, and is forever hopeful for a Memphis Tiger victory. Pastor Ryan arrived to LPC in 2012 and is passionate about worship, mission, ministry with people of all ages, and dreaming about the future of Christ’s church. He strongly believes in critical thought, an intentionally inclusive church, the connectivity of the larger church, and remaining vigilant in following and serving Jesus wherever the Spirit leads. He welcomes the opportunity to visit with members old and new, as well as those who are interested in learning more about the Christian faith and how it is lived out at LPC.
Annette Houtz is the Administrative Director at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church and has been employed since 2002. Previously she was employed at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Lilburn for 7 years. A native of the Pennsylvania Dutch country she and her husband have lived in the Lawrenceville area for 40 years.
Annette Houtz is active in the Administrative Personnel Association (APA) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2002. She is a Certified Church Administrator and has APA Certification in Levels I, II and III and a Certificate of Polity.
Annette and her husband are members of the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville and she has served in many ministry areas of the church. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren.
Director of Music
Hunter McGee is the Director of Music at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, overseeing and directing all music ensembles at LPC, including the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and Lawrenceville Community Orchestra since 2016. He also serves as the piano and organ accompanist for all services. Hunter has been a lifelong member of LPC.
Additionally, McGee serves as the Director of Bands at Riverwatch Middle School in Suwanee, Georgia. Under his direction, the Riverwatch Symphonic Band performed at the 2022 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference and is a two-time recipient of the GMEA Exemplary Performance Award (2019 & 2022). He has also worked extensively with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, serving as the Percussion Coordinator from 2013-2020. McGee has performed in Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Carnegie Hall (NYC), Severance Hall (Cleveland), the New World Center (Miami), and the Music Center at Strathmore.
McGee graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, where he was a percussion student of Timothy K. Adams and Kimberly Toscano Adams. While completing his Bachelors of Music Education, he performed with the UGA Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Percussion Ensemble, including a performance at the GMEA In-State Conference and recording sessions with the Hogdson Wind Ensemble. Prior to his appointment at Riverwatch, Mr. McGee served as Director of Bands at Dacula Middle School. He also served as Director of Percussion at Lakeside High School (Atlanta) from 2014-2017. McGee arranges and composes music for various organizations in the Metro-Atlanta area. Professional affiliations include NAfME, GMEA, NBA, and PAGE.
Akosua Asantewaa comes from Ghana in West Africa in a town called Osramani in Kete-Krachi District of Oti Region. Her father was from the Ashanti Region and her mother was from Oti Region in Ghana. She completed high school in Ghana and her profession became baking bread. She also was a seamstress and a hairdresser apprentice before immigrating to the United States in November of 2016.
Akosua became an American citizen and is married to Raphael Kofi Mensah from Ghana on April 23, 2014. Raphael is one of the Elders at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church. Akosua currently serves as the nursery attendant at the church.
Along with being married to Raphael, they are parents to three strong boys that they consider to be blessings from God. Their names are Samuel, Prince and Saviour.
Akosua is very kind, frank, sincere with integrity, dedicated, committed, loyal, polite, ready to share and help the needy, but above all she is God fearing.