Dr. Guy M. Richard, Senior Minister
Guy has served as the Minister of FPC Gulfport since September 2005, the week after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the church and much of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is a graduate of Auburn University (B.I.E.), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Edinburgh (Ph.D.). He has published two books, What is Faith? (2012) and The Supremacy of God in the Theology of Samuel Rutherford (2009), in addition to several other articles in various books and journals (for a complete list, click here). Guy's interests include his family (he and his wife Jennifer have 3 children, Schyler, Jane Barton, and Ellie), college football (War Eagle!), swimming, running, and most other sports.
Drew Jones, Assistant Minister
Drew joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church in 2014. An Army brat, he was born in Heidelberg, Germany and grew up all over the country before settling down in Huntsville, Alabama in high school. Drew is a graduate of Auburn University (B.S) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Prior to becoming First Presbyterian’s assistant minister, he served as a Navy chaplain for five years, serving in Japan and the Seattle, Washington area. Drew’s interests include sushi, coffee, fountain pens, guitars, and Auburn football. He and his bride, Janel, have three children.
Roddy Russell, Director of Youth, Church Administrator
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Roddy grew up in Gulfport and graduated from Gulfport High School in 1981. He then attended Jefferson Davis Junior College, receiving an Associates degree in 1983. Two years later, Roddy received his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. The prospect of a year-long internship moved Roddy and his wife Lucy to Brewster, New York, where they worked as Group Home managers. Upon returning to Gulfport Roddy received a position as Manager of Gulf Coast Industries, an extension of the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center. It was during his time at Gulf Coast Industries that Roddy began working as the Youth Director for First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport. This marked the beginning of his ministry with FPC that has now grown into a full time position as the Director of Youth and the Church Business Administrator. His goal is to continue, with God's guidance, to grow youth one lesson and activity at a time (Isaiah 40:31). Roddy's interests include singing tenor in the FPC choir, and directing music for the Gulfport Little Theater children's and youth productions. He and his wife Lucy have three children, Bryce, Andrew, and Olivia.
Daniel Vernon, Music Director
Daniel Vernon is Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport and Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College- Perkinston. (MGCCC Perk). He graduated from East Central High School in Hurley, MS. Daniel earned a Bachelors degree in Instrumental and Choral Music Education as well as a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he has been active in Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Opera, directing and performing in productions for the past 25 years. He is an active accompanist, voice instructor and, adjudicator for the Mississippi as well as for the Southeastern United States. Daniel is active in with the American Choral Directors Association where he serves as the Chair for Community College Choirs on the State Board of Mississippi for ACDA. He has recently received the 2012 Mississippi Young Music Educator of the Year award. He and his beautiful wife Mary reside in Saucier with their dog “Bubba”.
Aaron Mann, Accompanist & Assistant Music Director
Cammie Bullock, Administrative Assistant
Cammie is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with emphasis on Marketing. She is originally from Brookhaven, MS where she attended Faith Presbyterian Church and is a graduate of Brookhaven High School . Cammie moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast immediately following Hurricane Katrina to participate in disaster recovery efforts at Lagniappe Church in Bay St. Louis, MS. Past church work experience includes serving as Office Assistant at Twin Lakes Summer Camp and Volunteer Coordinator at Lagniappe Church. She is married to Derek Bullock of Gulfport and has one daughter named Kate Taylor. She enjoys teaching kindergarten Sunday School classes here and plays piano as needed. She also serves as President of the MSU Alumni Association for Harrison & Stone Counties.
Mary Beth Lanassa, Financial Secretary
Mary Beth is originally from New Orleans but has lived on the Gulf Coast since 2002. She is retired from Volunteers of America where she served for 25 years. Mary Beth loves to garden and show and train dogs as a hobby.
Janet Burnett, Nursery Coordinator