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.

Grant Gilliam

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.

Caitlin Ratliff

Office Manager

Caitlin Ratliff is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. She studied English at Mississippi State University and graduated in 2009, shortly after which she married her husband, Ben. After working for the Department of Veterans Affairs while Ben studied at Reformed Theological Seminary, they moved to Maryland where she was an Administrative Assistant. They have now returned home to the South and live in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where her husband is the pastor at First Presbyterian Church. Caitlin began working as the Office Manager of FPC Crystal Springs in 2017. She has two dogs, Colby and Watson, that she enjoys spoiling. She loves reading, collecting, and discussing all kinds of books, as well as writing, sewing, and crafting.


Janie Taylor


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.