Ministers & Staff

The Reverend Dr. Olin McBride

Olin graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. His youthful dream was to be a professional golfer or baseball player but God had other plans.

Olin was called to ministry in 1983 and graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, in 1987 with a Master Divinity degree. In 1997 he received his Doctor of Ministry degree. He has served churches in Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina. Rev. McBride is an avid golfer, tennis player and enjoys hunting and fly fishing. Olin and his wife, “Jim” have been married for 37 years having first met in high school in 1976. Olin’s mother actually taught “Jim” in the first grade. They have two children, Emory (Pearl, MS) and Watson (Madison, MS) both graduates of Mississippi State. They are also blessed with two grandchildren, Emma Watson Skates and Aubrey Watson McBride. “Jim” and Olin also loved to travel and have led groups to Honduras, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Scotland and Ireland.

Melissa McDuffie

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!

Allie Neal

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.

Head of Staff Vacancy


Contact Details

First Presbyterian Church
400 W. Jefferson St.
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone: 662.842.5681 Fax: 662.842.1696