Sean Michael Lucas serves as the eighth senior minister in the history of First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Born in Stratford, New Jersey, Sean moved up and down the eastern seaboard as a child. He graduated from Bob Jones University (BA, 1993; MA, 1994) and Westminster Theological Seminary (PhD, 2002). He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 2003 and served on the staffs of two churches, Community Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), St. Louis, Missouri. He, his wife Sara, and their four children came to FPC in 2009.
From 2004 to 2009, Sean worked at Covenant Theological Seminary where he served as Chief Academic Officer and associate professor of church history. He has written several books: Robert Lewis Dabney: A Southern Presbyterian Life (2005); On Being Presbyterian: Our Beliefs, Practices, and Stories (2006); What is Church Government? (2009); What is Grace? (2011); God’s Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards (2011); and Daniel: Trusting the True Hero (2012). In his spare time, he loves to run and follow the St. Louis Cardinals.
Knox Baird is a graduate of Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is married to Debra and has one child, Alexandria. He spent two years in Africa with African Bible Colleges, and has also worked in the oil business and as a broker in the financial world. Knox likes sports and history.
Knox works with outreach and missions with First Presbyterian Church. This involves encouraging and equipping all members to be an ambassador for Christ across the street or across the world.
Born in Autauga City, Alabama, Norman Bagby grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, graduating from Hattiesburg High in 1957. After attending the University of Southern Mississippi, he graduated from Belhaven University in 1962. He went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend Westminster Theological Seminary, from which he would graduate in 1966; while in Philadelphia, he met wife, Frances, whom he married in 1965. Norman has served his entire ministry in south Mississippi, working as a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Taylorsville; Calvary Presbyterian Church, Mize; Sharon Presbyterian Church, Magee; Collins Presbyterian Church; and Moss Point Presbyterian Church. He came to First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, to serve as minister of visitation and senior adults in 2001. He and Frances have four adult children and several grandchildren.
Dr. David Jussely has over 38 years of pastoral experience in Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He has filled pulpits in Centreville, Yazoo City, and Hattiesburg. In December 1997, he received his Ph.D. from USM and joined the faculty at RTS in June 1999. In 2010, he returned to Hattiesburg to serve as Minister of Teaching and Discipleship at FPC. He is married to Andrea Herring Jussely and has four adult children: Josh, Daniel, Jonathan, and Carrie.
Kathy has spent a career spanning more than 20 years in the field of early education, teaching children and training those who lead them. She holds a master’s degree in child development and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is an author of books for children and teachers. Kathy enjoys employing her experiences and knowledge of child development to promote excellent Christian education. She also delights in observing God’s hand at work in the hearts of children. Kathy, and her husband, Louis have been members of the First Presbyterian Church family since 1994, and are grateful to be the parents of teenagers, Chase and Janie.
Ben is a native of Hattiesburg and has been on staff at First Presbyterian since 2007. He is a proud graduate of Presbyterian Christian School and of Southern Miss, where he met, secretly dated, and married his beautiful RUF intern, Rebecca. They have two children, Margaret and Owen, who are loved and spoiled by the “big kids.” Ben is a seminary student at RTS, loves what he does, hunts when he can, and can’t handle when students beat him at ping-pong.