This is a blog about having a foot in two worlds, and being inadequate and available to God in both at the same time.


After earning an undergraduate degree in Biology from Southwestern University and serving in Youth Ministry for two congregations, Jessica LaGrone earned a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.  She served as an Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena beginning in 2002, overseeing the Missions and Evangelism ministries.  She was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2005.

In January 2006, Jessica began her current appointment as Associate Pastor at The Woodlands UMC, a church with over 8,000 members.  She describes it as more of a small town than a church, with lots of communities within the greater congregation and an amazing gathering of people with a great passion for growing in relationship with Jesus.  Currently she servest as Pastor of Worship, a position that is best explained as Worship Architect, planning and developing four of the church’s seven weekly worship experiences and working with amazing contractors with talent in music, media and preaching.

Her other projects include leading the development of TWUMC’s Online Church initiative and acting as the church’s Pastoral Liason and Chaplain to the Asbury Theological Seminary program, ACE that will begin classes at TWUMC in Fall 2011.

Jessica is a frequent guest speaker for congregations, events and retreats.  See the Speaking Tab for more information and booking.


Jessica married Jim LaGrone (AKA iHusband) in March of 2005.  Jim is a doctoral candidate in Computer Science at the University of Houston, the reluctant IT department for his wife and entire extended family, and the sole reason that the LaGrones eat homemade meals regularly.  Their dream of starting a family was delayed several years by a battle with infertility and miscarriage.  In 2010 they welcomed Andrew James, or Drew, who proved to be totally worth the wait.