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Tim Grider

Youth Director

Tim was born in raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Upon graduating from Covenant Christian Academy, he moved to Mississippi to attend Mississippi State University. There he majored in Anthropology with a minor in Philosophy and Religion. After Graduating, he moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2015 to work as an RUF intern at Samford University.

Russ Hightower

Senior Pastor

Russ was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, where he grew up attending Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church. From there he attended Wake Forest University and graduated as a religion major in 1997. He then went to Princeton Theological Seminary for his Master of Divinity. As a student, he interned at Princeton Presbyterian Church, where he was hired as their youth pastor upon graduation. He was ordained in 2001 in Metropolitan New York Presbytery. In 2003, First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga called him as Assistant Pastor for Youth & Families. He served there until Faith Pres called him in 2010.

Russ and Amanda were married in 2002. They have a seven year old son, Hayes. Their first daughter, Viviana, went to be with the Lord in 2009. In 2012, they joyfully celebrated the arrival of another daughter, Emerson.

Dale Linton

Asst Pastor of Congregational Care

Dale is a longtime faithful presence around Faith. He and Ann served as missionaries in Bolivia, before serving as missions pastor at Coral Ridge for several years, and finally returning to Mississippi to serve at several local churches in our presbytery (Sharon, Magee, Meadville, and others). Dale has been a very faithful shepherd for many years, and we are glad to have his wisdom and care among our body.

He is a proud graduate of Brookhaven High School, Tampa University and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is a veteran of Korean War, serving with Strategic Air Command, including 10 years of active service. He was a letter Carrier at the Brookhaven Post Office for 11+ years, and served as missionary in Bolivia, returning in 1979 to attend RTS.

"I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, Ann Cameron Linton, six children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren..." and counting.

Lynne Lofton


David Montgomery

Director of Music & Worship

David and his wife Kathy joined us in October 2016. David was called to be the Director of Music & Worship.

David was born in Pascagoula, MS and raised in Bogue Chitto, MS. He attended Co-Lin Community College where he studied Music Education and also received foundational and specialist certificates in worship leadership from Integrity Worship Institute. He served in churches throughout Mississippi and Louisiana for 8 years before being called to Faith Presbyterian.

David and Kathy were married in 2005. The Montgomery children include Ali, Henry, Ruthie & Rosalie.

Chad Scott

Associate Pastor

Chad Scott and his wife Kelly joined us in 2013 when Chad accepted the call to become our Assistant Pastor.

Chad was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and raised in Clinton, MS where he grew up attending Providence Presbyterian Church. From there he attended Belhaven University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in 2003. He then attended Reformed Theological Seminary for his Masters of Divinity. As a student, he interned at Carthage Presbyterian Church and upon graduation accepted a call to be the RUF Campus Minister at Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS. He was ordained in the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley in 2008. After serving three years at Hinds Chad accepted the call to be the RUF Campus MInister at his alma mater Belhaven. He served there for two years before joining us here at Faith.

Chad and Kelly were married in 2003. They have three beautiful children: Wyatt, their oldest boy who is eight; Raney, their curly headed seven year old girl; and Holden, their youngest boy who is five.

Christina Smith

Children's Ministry Director

Originally from Houston, Texas, Christina join Faith in 2012. She served as Nursery Coordinator for several years before being asked to serve as our Children's Ministry Director. She thoroughly enjoys working with the children each week and planting little nuggets of the gospel along the way.

She is married to Chris and they have two children: daughter, Elizabeth, and son, Quinn.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and helping out at her children's schools.

Judith Smith

Church Administrator

God makes the world go around. Judith helps us keep up with all the many details we would otherwise miss.

Our pastors are broken people - sinners saved by grace. They have lots of deficiencies. Another joy of the Gospel is that in God's grace our teamwork fills in for many of our individual shortcomings. Judith helps our staff in just that sort of way. We thank God for giving Judith gifts we don't have.

She has a husband, Steve, and is the proud parent of two grown children, Jordan & Dee. An avid animal enthusiast, they have two dogs, Margot & Shasta, but take care of every stray that comes through. It's that heart that we all love so much.

Jane Statham

Director, Faith Presbyterian Kindergarten

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