ESL, English as a Second Language classes are held at 6:30pm on Friday evenings at Gretna United Methodist Church with instructors, Gary McMillen and Libby Rodriguez.


Gary is a very kind and effective teacher. His goal is to get you confident in your ability to converse in English. Gary has four years of experience, teaching English to the local Hispanic and Vietnamese community. Students who have taken ESL class with Gary attest to the level of confidence that they have while speaking English.

Libby is a certified ESL, retired teacher and public school administrator. Students will

enjoy her sweet spirit!


Class sizes range from 10-40 people. However, the program can accommodate more people! Above are some of the students who successfully completed the ESL class of 2018-2019.


Child care for Las Alitas students is available every Friday night. Sylvia Sanchez watches the children as they play games, work on puzzles, draw pictures and read Bible stories. The children love Sylvia and feel safe under her attentive care.  On one Friday of each month the Gretna United Methodist Church hosts a children’s event called “Friends Following Faith on Friday” and children who’s parents are in the ESL class attend this fun evening of activities.

Gretna United Methodist Church is a place where anyone can feel at home. The mission of the church is “Connecting Diverse Communities to a Lifestyle Devoted to Jesus.” You, your children and everyone in your family is invited to join in any of the social activities that the church hosts each year such as: Ash Wednesday “drive-through” service, the Christmas party, Easter Egg Hunt, Blessing of the Pets, Jazz and Gospel on the Green and many other ministries intended to connect Christians in fun and fellowship. 



You are also invited to worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00am.



Pastor Jo Ann Cooper has a heart and love for all people.  Her exceptional leadership in all her appointments, her proven ability to lead a church from a place of discouragement and struggle to cohesion and vibrancy, her heart for the disenfranchised and broken, and her specialized training enhances her ability to lead Gretna UMC.  Join us on Sunday and let Rev. Jo Ann Cooper share the word of God with you.

The ESL course lasts 9 months and costs $30.


Gretna United Methodist Church serves the community through spiritual healing as well as impacting lives through small groups. Let us serve you. The office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm.


1309 Whitney Avenue

Gretna, La 70056

(504) 366-6685

GUMP (504) 367-5841

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