New ministers tapped at Tupelo churches

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Two downtown Tupelo congregations will be served by new ministers starting this summer.
Tupelo First United Methodist Church will welcome as its senior pastor Oxford native and Ole Miss graduate the Rev. Jim Curtis.
Curtis will take over the pulpit June 26 from the Rev. Andy Ray, who served the church for five years.
Curtis comes to First Methodist after serving four years at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gulfport.
He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Mississippi in 1980, then received his master of divinity from Emory University.
Curtis’ first stint as a senior pastor was in Horn Lake, and Tupelo will make his eighth charge as leader of a congregation.
“My hope for any church is for it to embrace the vision of God’s kingdom, and to operate effectively in the lives of people and in the world,” said Curtis, who will assume duties after the denomination’s statewide conference.
First Presbyterian Church Tupelo, located just to the north of First Methodist across Jefferson Street, voted Sunday to call the Rev. Carson Overstreet as its associate pastor.
A Virginia native, Overstreet received her bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College and her master of divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
Overstreet comes to Tupelo from Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Decatur, where she serves as director of fellowship and outreach.
The mother of two young girls will begin her ministry in Tupelo July 15.
“We experience God’s radical hospitality in our everyday lives,” said Overstreet, adding that the concept will be at the heart of her ministry.
“It’s how God meets each of us in those blessed and broken places of life,” she said.

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