Clergy

Rev. John M. Semmes

Rev. John M. Semmes

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 ...

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Rev. Catherine E. Foster

Catherine, a native of Chattanooga, TN, comes to us from First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, TN, where she served as the Associate Pastor for Young Adults. Catherine began her ministry as the Lilly Endowment Resident Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, TX. She graduated from Davidson College where she studied Religion and Spanish. She received several grants to publish and promote a new church curriculum about Christian responses to Latino immigration, entitled Beyond ¡Hola!: A Christian hospitality project for ...

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Rev. Laura H. Jernigan

Rev. Laura H Jernigan

Laura has served as Associate Pastor of Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta since June of 2012. She is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and of Rhodes College, where she was a music major. Laura also served as pastor of churches in Virginia and Tennessee before moving to Georgia. From 2005-2012, she served on faculty of the Lovett School as religion teacher and chaplain. In 2006, her husband, Dr. John Jernigan, joined the Shallowford congregation and Laura became ...

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