Rev. Kyle Brent | Pastor

Kyle is a Mississippi native, raised in the small South Mississippi village of Beauregard. After graduating from high school, Kyle went on to earn a B. A. in Philosophy from Mississippi State University. Deeply sensing his call to the ministry, he continued theological and pastoral studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. For one year of his time at RTS, he up and moved to serve as Pastoral Apprentice at Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, GA. He returned to Jackson to complete his studies, serving as Pulpit Supply for Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Edwards, MS, and completing his M. Div in the Spring of 2018. Kyle considers these experiences and the many friendships made through them to be particular treasures of the Lord’s kindness to him.

Kyle considers himself to be an “avid indoorsman,” but takes exception when it comes to grilling and smoking meat and going on hunting trips. He can almost always be found with his head in a book and a pot of tea close by. He and his wife, Katie, cherish every moment in New Albany, and look forward to many years of serving God and His people here.


Stephen Ewing | Director of Youth and Families

Stephen was born in Tupelo, MS. He joined the NAPC family as a member in 2007. His academic background is an unusual one, having begun a degree in Business Administration at Mississippi State and then transferring to complete his studies at their chief rival school, the University of Mississippi. Even so, his allegiance lies with the Bulldogs! In 2012, he became NAPC’s Director of Youth and Families and has been instructing and nurturing those in his care unto a true knowledge of and love for the Lord ever since.

He and his wife Renee have three children, Sam, Wes, and Sarah Grace, with whom there is never a dull moment. Stephen serves our church and also works for his father-in-law’s business, TSA Embroidery in New Albany. He is devoted in all of these callings and still manages to take classes at Reformed Theological Seminary as he pursues his M.Div. In his free time, he most enjoys fishing with his Dad and his son, Wes.


Dana Hall | Church Secretary

Dana was born in Tupelo, but has lived in New Albany her whole life. She attended Northeast Community College and graduated with a degree in Secretarial Science (after also earning the title of Ping Pong Champion of ’88). In 1990, she joined the New Albany Presbyterian staff as a temporary secretary, or so she thought! Dana stayed, and has remained a crucial and dearly loved asset for this church family ever since. She tells us, “God had bigger things in mind,” and we are so thankful.

Dana adores her husband Robby and her two beautiful daughters, Emily and Lindsay. With one of her girls married and the other in college, the now empty nest stays busy with a number of dogs and even a few farm animals. With her critters, as well as with her family, friends, and any stranger she meets, Dana loves helping others and showing them the love of Christ.

 


Dr. Greg Long | Choir Director

Dr. Long was born in Oxford, MS but raised in its rival– Starkville. He attended high school and college in Clinton, graduating with a B.M. in Voice from Mississippi College. Dr. Long continued into postgraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and earned his M.M. in Voice in 1984. Years later, in 2008, he would complete his D.M.A. at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Long has been serving churches with his music for over 30 years now, and has done so in more states than we can count! In 2008, he married his lovely wife, Laura, who is an instructor and accompanist for Blue Mountain College in Ripley, MS, where Dr. Long is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department and a Professor of Music. In his rare free time, Dr. long enjoys fishing, traveling, and being reminded that there is life outside of his musical world!

 


Dianne Pou | Nursery Director

Dianne was born in Casey, South Carolina. She and her late husband Eddy were married for 50 years. Dianne has two daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She joined New Albany Pres in 1967, and became the nursery director in 2016. She loves sewing and is “semi-retired”, still doing medical billing but primarily spending her time having fun with the grands and great-grands.

 

 

 

 


Jamie Grace Provence | Organist

Grace was born and raised in New Albany. Her parents and grandparents were members of what is now New Albany Presbyterian Church, and she began playing the organ for us when she was only in 6th grade. She has served as our organist on and off ever since. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Education in just three years so that she and her high school sweetheart could marry. They enjoyed thirty years of marriage before his passing. They have two daughters and now six grandchildren. After teaching high school math for the duration of her career, she is now retired, and most enjoys playing bridge with friends and being part of the guilds for the local museum and library.


Denise Boatner | Pianist

Denise was born in Jackson, MS and came to New Albany at the age of 6 when her father, Bill Everett, would begin to pastor New Albany Presbyterian. She was drawn like a moth to a flame when she first heard the piano at the age of 5, and only a couple of years later she began to play. She is an audiologist for ENT Physicians of North MS, diagnosing and managing hearing loss and vestibular/balance issues for her patients. Denise prides herself on her professional napping skills and most enjoys spending her free time with her boxer, Tess.