About Us

400 State Street
Natchez, MS 39120

 

Office: 601.442.2581
Fax: 601.442.2590

 

The Pastors, Rev. Denny Read and Rev. Noelle Read
Biographical Summaries of Our Co-Pastors
 
Denny grew up in the greater Atlanta area attending Shallowford Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Columbia Seminary. Denny’s experience includes serving as a summer ministry intern in Kenya in 1998. He completed a multi-year Clinical Pastoral Education Program and Chaplaincy Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Denny graduated from Columbia and was ordained in 2002. Prior coming to FPC Natchez he served for seven years as Associate Pastor for Youth and Worship at South Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Denny is a thoughtful, engaging Pastor with a warm sense of humor. He is the proud father of four children and a loving husband.
 
The Reverend Noelle H. Read Noelle grew up in Anderson, South Carolina, as a member of Central Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Winthrop College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked in the insurance industry in Charlotte, before exploring ministry by serving as a PCUSA mission volunteer in 1994. Assigned to a small United Reform Congregation in London, England, she ministered to the elderly and mentally ill in that role. Upon her return, Noelle entered Columbia Seminary and served as Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for ten years. She completed the basic Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. after graduating and being ordained in the summer of 1999. Noelle served two years as the Resident in Parish Ministry for a 3,800 member suburban congregation in Indianapolis. Her other experience includes serving as a Youth Director, Director of Young Adult Ministries for First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, prior to coming to FPC Natchez she served as Associate Pastor for Young Adults and Discipleship at South Highland Presbyterian Church.  Her excitement for ministry and service to others can best be described as contagious! She is the proud mother of 7 year old Ethan and 2 year old triplets Emily, Benjamin and Daniel.

Elders:
Paul Benoist - Administration
Courtney Aldridge - Clerk of Session
Leigh Anderson - Congregational Life
Hal Hicks - Treasurer
Stratton Bull - Property
Bob Dearing - Christian Education
Lee Jones - Global Mission
Sue Savino - Membership and Evangelism
Charles Hall - Worship
Tanna Davis - Congregational Life
Marc Doyle - Membership and Evangelism
Ralph Loe - Christian Education
Aaron Schermer - Property
 
Deacons:
Jenna Aldridge
John Holyoak
Stephanie Butts - Chairperson
Barbara Colwell
Kay McNeil - TLC Chairperson
George Rutherford
Donna Ball
Sandy Lane
Susanna Sharp - Bereavement Chairperson