Rev. Barrett C. Milner

Rev. Barrett C. Milner

  • BA, University of Kentucky
  • MDiv., Lexington Theological Seminary

Pastor Barrett C. Milner began his ministry with the First Presbyterian Church family in Oxford in June of 2020.  Before answering the call to serve as the congregation’s 26th Pastor and Head of Staff, he most recently served churches in New Orleans, LA and Lexington, KY.  Rev. Milner received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and completed his Master of Divinity at the Lexington Theological Seminary.  Barrett is married to his life-long friend and fellow Lexington native, Carrie, and together they are the proud parents of three wonderful, charming, and incorrigible boys: Cole, Tucker, and Price.

Along with a heart for mission and justice and a devotion to his vocation, Barrett also brings to Oxford and the First Church family a love of books, of good conversation, and of music—both playing and listening.  He brings his passion for all things immersed in God’s creation: hiking, fishing, canoeing, and simply being.  And he brings with him, too, an open mind, an open heart, and an openness to the murmurings and nudging of the Spirit.

Senior Pastor/Head of Staff

Rev. Deb de Boer

Rev. Deb de Boer

I grew up in West Michigan, and attended seminary at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.  Since then, I have served as a theological educator in Guatemala, served churches in pastoral ministry for more than twenty years in New York, California, and Mississippi, and worked in the wider governing bodies of the the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a Consultant for Leadership Development for the Synod of the Northeast and Assistant Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of San Joaquin. In California I also spent four years as a Hospice Spiritual Counselor. I have been helping churches cope with change as a Transitional Pastor since moving to Oxford in 2018. Social justice and peacemaking work are my passions, along with hiking and family adventures with our son Chai, daughter Nalani, and spouse Michael Fagans. I am looking forward to getting to know you, and discovering how God is at work at FPC Oxford.

Interim Associate Pastor

Rev. Allison C. Wehrung

Rev. Allison C. Wehrung

  • BA, Furman University, 2010
  • MDiv., Columbia Theological Seminary, 2015

North Carolina native with Ohioan roots. She landed in Oxford in February of 2017, and serves as the Campus Minister at UKirk Ole Miss** as well as the Presbytery of St. Andrew’s Associate Executive Presbyter for Campus Ministry. (UKirk meets in FPC’s annex building.) She is a graduate of Furman University and Columbia Theological Seminary, as well as an alumna of the PC(USA)’s Young Adult Volunteer program. She’s not a big fan of scary movies or ants, but her likes include: National Parks, local coffee shops, making art with recyclables, and her favorite Southern vegetable — mac and cheese.

To find out more about UKirk, please visit our website here: www.ukirkolemiss.org.

Pastor, UKirk Ministry

Creighton Holder

Creighton Holder

  • BM, MM, University of Southern Mississippi

Creighton Holder began his service as Director of Music (Organist/Choirmaster) at the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford in June 2021. Creighton is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned the Master of Music in Choral Conducting and the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. His primary instructors were Dr. Gregory Fuller and Dr. Ellen Price Elder. He recently earned the Professional Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) under Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink and continues to focus research and performance on women composers of sacred music. Creighton’s wife, Jessica, is an accountant and graduate of USM. Their beautiful daughters Rosalie and Lucille love playing with new friends, swimming, and reading new books with their Mom and Dad!

While at Southern Miss, Creighton was the collaborative keyboardist for multiple choral and musical ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Men’s and Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers, Hattiesburg Choral Union, and Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera. Through his work as a collaborative artist, he participated in multiple world premieres by award-winning composers including Mack Wilberg, James Quitman Mulholland, Richard Burchard, Tõnu Kõrvits, and Galina Grigorjeva. He has been an instructor through the Southern Miss Piano Institute and has presented sessions on sacred music for the Mississippi and North Carolina ACDAs and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. Creighton holds active memberships with the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association.

Director of Music

Frances Saralvarez

Frances Saralvarez

Office Administrator

Jessica M. McPhail

Jessica M. McPhail

Director of Communications

LaShaunda L. Sisk

LaShaunda L. Sisk

Nursery Director

Wade Simpson

Wade Simpson

Property Manager