Jim McCarthy

Senior Minister

Jim McCarthy is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from Eckerd College in 2008 with a degree in history and religious studies. Jim taught high school social studies for three years, during which time he married his best friend, Jordan. In 2011, the McCarthy's moved to South Carolina for Jim to begin studying at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. During seminary, he served as the Director of Student Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. Upon graduation in 2015, Jim was called to be the Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Jacksonville FL. One year later, Jim was called as the Senior Pastor and continued in that role until accepting the call to First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg in 2018.  The Lord has blessed Jim and Jordan with two daughters, Ellie and Julia, and a son, Locke.




C. Knox Baird

Minister of Missions, Mercy and Mature Believers

Knox Baird is a graduate of Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary.  He is married to Debra and has two children, Alexandria and James Knox.  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.




David H. Jussely

Minister in Residence

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 an Associate Pastor of Preaching and Visitation.  He visits with people of all ages who are in the hospitals.  He helps with pastoral care for all ages, especially Senior Adults. He is married to Andrea Herring Jussely and has four adult children:  Josh, Daniel, Jonathan, and Carrie.






Ministerial Assistants


Todd Robinson

Director of Student Ministries

Todd was born and raised in a small Alabama town called Brewton, where he grew up going to First Presbyterian Church. He was converted on a youth retreat just before college and was heavily involved with RUF, even doing the RUF internship at Georgia Southern University. He met his wife Carla while doing the RUF internship was and was married in May of 2015. Todd did his studies at RTS Jackson while interning at Pearl Presbyterian Church. Todd and Carla have a son named Lucas (August 2017).






Kathy C. Young

Director of Children's Ministry

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.






Music Ministry


Jesse Noote

Director of Music Ministries

Loleeta Rhett

Organist, Arts & Discipleship Coordinator, Accompanist


Support Staff


Tracy Ross

Office Manager