Hello! My name is Melissa McDuffie and I currently serve as the Interim Co-Youth Director at First
Presbyterian Church. I was born, baptized and raised in these halls and pews and am honored to serve in
this role. It is humbling to work with the youth group that nurtured my faith and helped shaped me
during my middle school and high school years! Since High School, I have earned a degree in Biblical
Studies with an emphasis in Christian Ministry from Belhaven College, married Jason McDuffie, served
with Jason as Camp Directors to Presbyterian Camp on Okoboji in Northwest Iowa and welcomed three
children into this world – Joey, 9; Carter, 5; and Emma, 3. A week at the beach, fun times outside, trying
to stay a step ahead of my kids and good conversations with friends are a few of my favorite things! My
absolute favorite part of serving as Youth Director is the relationships that are built and the questions
and discussions that spill out of those relationships!
My name is Allison Neal and I am excited to introduce myself to you as FPC’s new Communications Director. I am a lifelong resident of north Mississippi and currently reside in Oxford where I am studying English Education with a minor in Journalism. I have spent the past 6 years of my life taking part in public relations. I have served as the Nettleton High School Yearbook Editor, Newspaper Co-Editor, Weekly Newscast Anchor, Marching-Band Drum Major, Cheerleader, and Jr. Civitan Public Relations Coordinator. I was also named the 2015 State of Mississippi High School Yearbook Editor of the Year. I spent one year at Itawamba Community College, where I served as the yearbook editor.
I work specifically with the FPC Facebook page, The Tower, website, event flyer design, Constant Contact, and weekly newsletter.PLEASE feel free to send me any information, news, events, pictures, etc., that you would like to be dispersed out.
Reverend Dr. Ron Richardson
Ron is the youngest of ten children. He was raised on a farm in Delta City, MS. He grew up knowing how to feed the chickens, pigs, cows (milking as well), ducks, and horses (rode them as well). He drove the tractor to prepare the land for planting beans, corn, and cotton. He then plowed each of the crops along with hoeing, chopping, and picking the cotton. He also helped prepare and plant two gardens (the family had to eat). He gladly left the farm and became a graduate of Hinds Jr. College, Mississippi State University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Religious Education), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Columbia Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He completed 13 quarters of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bryce Mental Hospital, Kentucky Baptist Hospital, and Memorial Hospital (Houston, Texas). He developed the first Department of Pastoral Care at NMMC and was Director of this Department for 29 years. During this time he developed and was Clinical Director of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, developed and chaired the Medical Ethics Committee, developed and lead the Grief Guidance Team, developed and was an advisor to the Parkinson Disease Support group, initiated and helped develop the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Tupelo, chaired the State Certification Committee for the College of Chaplains,and developed industrial chaplaincy programs for local industries serving for 14 years in two of the industries. Ron has served as interim and supply pastor in area Presbyterian churches. He retired from the NMMC in 2005 and became the Pastoral Visitor for First Presbyterian Church in August of the same year. Ron was certified as a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher in 2003. He teaches weekly classes at the Wellness Center and First Presbyterian Church. He is married to Deanna (47 years), has two sons (Chris and Todd), two daughters-in-law (Angelia and Leigh) and four grandchildren (Anna Reese, Christopher Cole, Ava Holland, and Corinne Louise).He enjoys being with his family and taking motorcycle trips on his Harley Davidson.