Our Staff

Parish Associate The Reverend Rims Barber

Rims came to Mississippi for Freedom Summer in 1964. That summer has become more than 50 years of advocacy and witness for equality and justice.  Rims received his BA degree from Coe College in 1958 and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1962. He worked for the Delta Ministry (1965 to 1977) and for the Children's Defense Fund (1977 to 1989), and he currently works with community groups to enable the voices of the poor and oppressed to be heard through the Mississippi Human Services Agenda. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Tougaloo College in 1993. Rims is a constant presence during the Mississippi Legislature’s sessions as he advocates for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized in our communities. 

Rims served the Presbyterian Church USA as Moderator for Alexander Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kosciusko (1990–2012) and as a member of the National Hunger Council (1991–1995) and the Mary Holmes College Board of Trustees (1986–2003). He has served Fondren Presbyterian Church as Parish Associate since 1999.

Rims and his wife Judy live in Belhaven and have been married 41 years.  They have four children and four grandchildren.

Music Director Dr. Nell Adams

Before her retirement in 2015, Dr. Adams taught for forty years in the music departments of two Baptist institutions, Clarke College and then Mississippi College. Music Director at Fondren Presbyterian since 2006, the Clinton resident has two daughters and two grown grandchildren.

Church Organist Jeff Hardy

Jeff is no stranger to Fondren having served as our interim organist since late August 2018.  A graduate of MC, he has extensive experience as both a teacher and church musician. 

Fondren Support Staff

Interim Administrative Assistant: Bonnie Bowley

Bonnie joined the Fondren staff in May 2019 as Interim Administrative Assistant. No stranger to the church office, Bonnie has been filling in on occasion for more than a year when previous Administrative Assistants were away. An active member of Fondren, Bonnie serves on the Children and Youth Ministry Committee and is active in the 5:45 Contemplative Service.

Interim financial administrator: Christel Howell

Christel is a long-time member of Fondren and served for many years as Business Administrator. She is active in congregational life and serves on the Pastoral Care Committee.

Kitchen Assistant Jeannette Blockman

Biography to come.

Sexton Terry Longino

Biography to come.


Class of 2020
Sheldon Alston, Beverly Ray, Zach Taylor, Jill Upton

Class of 2021
Carol Brasfield, Peggy Miller, Stanton Wilkinson, Jay Wood

Class of 2022
Lisa Brown, Brenda Dyson, John Huntington, Jane Sanders