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Our Staff

Our staff consists of ordained ministers, program directors, and administrative support staff.  To email a staff member, simply click on their photograph.


Pastoral Staff


The Reverend Dr. Guy M. Richard, Senior Minister

Guy has served as the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church 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 of Guy's publications, click here.  Guy's interests include his family (he and his wife Jennifer have three children: Schyler, Jane Barton, and Ellie), college football (War Eagle!), swimming, running, and most other sports.

Program Staff

RoddyRoddy Russell, Director of Youth and Church Administrator

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.


12022594_1058060627537851_6487485803294309971_o_2Doug Lipscombe, Director of Senior Adult Ministries

Doug assists the pastoral staff in ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of the church’s senior members—especially the LAMBs (Limited Activity MemBers). Discipling and caring for this growing age group is vital to the health of the church. Doug will be enlisting the assistance of all the church as we seek to fulfill Leviticus 19:32 and Proverbs 16:31. Earning a Master of Science in Meteorology and Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, he flew with the Hurricane Hunters and retired from the Department of Defense with 38 years of service. His interests include weather, singing, camping, and golf. He and his wife, Chris, have made Gulfport their home for many years and they have two daughters in college.


DanielDaniel Vernon, Director of Music

Daniel Vernon is Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport and Director of Choral Activities at Gulfport High School.  After graduating from East Central High School in Hurley, MS, Daniel earned a Bachelors degree in Instrumental and Choral Music Education and a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi.  A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he has been active in directing and performing in productions for the past 25 years.  He is an active accompanist, vocal instructor, and adjudicator throughout the  Southeastern United States. Daniel is active in with the American Choral Directors Association, serving as the Chair for Community College Choirs on the State Board of Mississippi for ACDA. He recently received the 2012 Mississippi Young Music Educator of the Year award. He and his beautiful wife Mary have one daughter named Abbie.


AaronAaron Mann, Accompanist & Assistant Music Director

Aaron is a Carthage, MS native.  After completing his music studies at William Carey University (B.M.) and the University of Southern Mississippi (M.M.), he now serves as the Choir Director at Gautier High School in Gautier, MS.  In addition to his passion for music, Aaron is a connoisseur of fine socks.




JanetJanet Burnett, Nursery Coordinator

Janet is a native of Wichita, Kansas, but after living in Gulfport for many years, she calls the Coast her home. She is the mother of five and grandmother of many more. When she is not at the church, she spends her free time reading, cooking, and enjoying her family.





 ac1Austyn Cain, Children's Ministry Coordinator

Austyn is a graduate of The University of Mississippi where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She enjoyed teaching first grade in Oxford, MS before moving to Gulfport in 2012. Austyn and her husband, Robert, have two children: Jack Morgan and Thomas. Austyn enjoys art, photography, and cheering for the Rebels.




Administrative Staff 

CammieCammie 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 Children's Bible Club and Choir here and plays piano as needed. 


Mary BethMary 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.