In 2004, Rev. John M. Semmes accepted the call to serve as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Mississippi. During his 14 year call, Rev. John led a congregation that experienced significant growth during his service. Previously, he served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to ministry, he enjoyed successful sales careers in both media and medicine in his hometown of Memphis before becoming a second-career seminary student at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his Masters of Divinity in 2001 and received the Jagow Prize for Preaching. A graduate of Memphis University School and the University of Tennessee, John and Cindy, his wife of 27 years, are parents to Emily, a UGA and Vanderbilt alumna and an elementary school teacher in Nashville, and Sophie, an Auburn alumna and graduate student in psychology at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In his free time, John enjoys music, art, reading, sports, exercise and trips to the beach.