Our Staff

Meet the people who keep everything running smoothly!

Lead Pastor

Les Newsom

Les is a native of Memphis, TN and graduated from The University of Memphis in the 1991. He earned a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson graduating in 1994. In the Fall of '94, Les moved back to Memphis to start the ministry of RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) at The University of Memphis. He soon met and married Ginger Hubbard, a Jackson, MS native and Graduate of Ole Miss with her Masters in Mathematics.

After five years in Memphis, Les was called to work with RUF at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in the Fall of ’99. In the summer of 2011, he accepted a position as Area Coordinator of RUF ministries in Arkansas, West Tennessee, and Mississippi (Midsouth) and Alabama. In the July of 2018, Les accepted a call to become the Lead Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Oxford, MS. Les and Ginger are the proud parents of three children: Anna Grace, '99, Caroline, '01, and Luke, '04.

Associate Pastor

Curt Presley

Curt was born and raised in and around Clarksdale MS. He graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in English and later with a law degree. While in law school at Ole Miss, Curt met his wife Kathy while coaching a girl’s flag football team. They married in 1986 and moved to the Jackson area where Curt practiced law full or part-time for 9 years.

From 1992-95 Curt attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Clinton, MS. Thereafter, for three years, he was an assistant pastor at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, MS. After that, he served as pastor for three years at the Sharon Presbyterian Church in Magee, Mississippi, before coming to Christ Presbyterian, Oxford, in August 2001.

Curt and Kathy have four children, one son-in-law, two grandsons, and three dogs. Curt enjoys gardening, fishing, and cooking out with family and friends.

Assistant Pastor, Youth

Scott Byrd

Scott was born and raised in Brookhaven, MS. After high school, his family moved to the Jackson area where they attended Pear Orchard Presbyterian. He went to Mississippi State for two years and decided to take a year off to figure out what he wanted to do. It was during this time that he felt God's call to youth ministry. He transferred to Moody Bible Institute in the fall of 2008 and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry and Bible in 2011. Five years later he received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson.

Scott has worked in youth ministry either as a volunteer, part time employee, or full time employee for about ten years and has loved (almost) every bit of it. He enjoys playing golf, watching and playing most sports, and pretty much anything outdoors. He and his wife, Grace Anne moved to Oxford in 2015 and have two children, Sophie & Will.

Assistant Pastor, Adult Education

Melvin Manickavasagam

Melvin currently serves as Coordinator for Worship, Adult Education and International Ministries at Christ Presbyterian Church and has been on staff since 2010. Originally from Malaysia, Melvin came to the US in 1995. After graduating from Ole Miss in 2000, he worked in the telecommunications industry for four years before attending Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson.

After obtaining his Master of Divinity in 2010, Melvin came on staff at CPC as International Ministry Coordinator, eventually moving into other areas of church ministry. He was licensed to preach by Covenant Presbytery in February 2014. Melvin has been married to his wife Lindsey since 2011.

Women's Ministry Coordinator

Anna Dabbs

Anna was born and raised in Jackson, MS. She attended the University of Mississippi and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education. She met her husband Clay through RUF at Ole Miss and they were married in 2000.

Anna worked in the Oxford School District as a substitute teacher and EL Tutor from 2010 until joining the staff of CPC in January of 2019.  Clay and Anna have three (awesome!) kids, Clayton, Walker and Alice.

International Ministries Assistant

Christine Hom

Christine Hom has worked part-time as the International Ministries Assistant at Christ Presbyterian Church for the past three years. Her primary work right now is in supporting her husband Erik and raising her two children, Nathanael and Evniki. She and her family moved to Oxford, MS three years ago for Erik to begin as an Assistant Professor in the Biology department at Ole Miss.

In the past, Christine has worked in different administrative roles at the City Church of San Francisco and Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, MA. She also served as a RUFI intern at the University of Texas for two years. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a B.M. in Double Bass Performance (1997) and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time (and when she’s not hanging out with family), she enjoys reading, the arts, and drinking tea with friends.

Church Administrator

Luke Jones

More about Luke to come soon!

Office Assistant

Susanna Levy

Susanna was born in Yazoo City, MS. From there, her family moved to Fort Payne, AL and then ended up in Starkville, MS. She got a degree in the School of Applied Sciences from Ole Miss in 2005. For the next few years, she lived in the Nashville area where she was an intern for Reformed University Fellowship at Middle Tennessee State University. In 2009, she moved back to Oxford, got married to Mark Levy, and worked in various jobs, both in the hospitality industry and in administrative positions. She and Mark have three children, Louise (2013), James (2014), and Sallie (2018), who are tons of fun and totally exhausting. Susanna’s two favorite things are Sunday afternoon naps and a hot cup of coffee paired with a slice of pie.

Nursery & Events Coordinator

Margaret Neely

Margaret grew up in Memphis, TN. She graduated from Ole Miss in 2002 and moved to Nashville. She met Rob while in college, she moved to Nashville after graduating from college and moved back to Oxford after marrying Rob in 2003. After moving back to Oxford she worked as a legal assistant and then a property manager until deciding to stay home with her two year old son Robert in 2011. Later that year her daughter Miller joined the family.

Margaret's husband Rob has regularly attended church at Christ Presbyterian Church almost since its formation. They began attending after she moved back from Nashville and have been members since 2005. Margaret began working as the Nursery Coordinator in early 2009.

Children's Ministry & Communications Coordinator

Whitney Reese

Whitney grew up in Madison, Mississippi and went to Ole Miss for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She met her husband, Matt, during graduate school, graduating in 2006 with their Master in Business Administration. They were married later that year and left Oxford to move to Memphis for the next seven years.

During her time in Memphis she worked as a Marketing Intern for a website design company and eventually ended up as the Director of Marketing & Research for a commercial real estate firm. They also welcomed their first child.

In 2013 they relocated back to Oxford, MS, just before the birth of their second child. Whitney was offered the Children’s Ministry Coordinator position in 2016 and later that year accepted an additional part-time job with CPC as the Communications Coordinator.

Youth Coordinator

CiCi Rutherford

CiCi grew up in Nashville, TN with her three siblings and two loving parents. Upon graduating high school, she took the four hour trek down south to Ole Miss to begin freshman year. There, she studied business marketing and was involved in RUF. CiCi started working at Christ Pres as a part time intern her junior year of college but fell in love with Ole Miss, Oxford, and CPC and knew she couldn’t leave right after graduating. In the summer of 2018, she came on staff full time and now serves as the Youth Coordinator. In her free time, she loves to paint large hearts and whatever else she can think up!