Dr. James L. Shull
Pastor Jim is a native of Columbus, Mississippi. He received his B.A. from Belhaven University, his M. Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, and his D. Min. also from Reformed Seminary. Ordained in July, 1975, he has served 4 churches over the course of his ministry, including FPC Crystal Springs since 2002. Jim married Beth Wingate in June of 1972. They have 2 children, Katie Brunone (Allen, TX) and Jonathan Shull (Jackson, MS), both of whom are happily married and each have three children of their own. Jim’s first loves are (in order): Jesus, Beth, his children and his grandchildren (or is it grandchildren, then children?). He also loves pastoring First Presbyterian and teaching part-time at Belhaven. His favorite activities include reading, listening to sacred and classical music, and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Director of Youth Ministries
Grant Gilliam became the Youth Director in 2016, nearly a month after he got married to his wife, Jada. Both natives of Mississippi, they met in the library of Mississippi College, their alma mater. While there, Grant earned his degree in Christian Studies and Philosophy and participated in RUF campus ministry where he developed a call to ministry within the Presbyterian Church in America. He is currently a student at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. Grant can usually be found playing soccer or cheering for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Also, loving to both read and drink coffee, Grant will often have a book in hand with coffee in the other.
Karen Hodges became our Office Manager in November 2018 and is originally from Greenwood, Mississippi. She studied Social Work at Mississippi Delta Community College and Ole Miss, and she studied Business at Mississippi College. She is married to Dr. Jay Hodges who serves as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Hazlehurst. Together they have served churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and served on a church planting team in Las Vegas, Nevada. Karen and Jay have three beautiful children: Ann Marie, Nathan, and Jayson. Karen enjoys singing, listening to music, and spending time with her family.
Janie Taylor was raised in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. She received her B.M.Ed from Mississippi College in 1980 and married Robbie Taylor from Gallman, Mississippi that same year. Since that time, she has worked as a secretary/Administrative Assistant and served as pianist and organist at various churches. She enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family.