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Bruce Case

Lead Pastor

Bruce Case joined Parkway Heights as lead pastor in July 2017. Bruce provides leadership in all areas of Parkway Heights - worship, teaching, administration, spiritual development and vision of the church. Before joining Parkway Heights, Bruce had previously served in Hattiesburg at Court Street UMC. He has also led congregations in Meridian, Madison and Alaska! Bruce graduated from Mississippi State University, and he received his Master of Divinity from Duke University in 1997. He is married to Jen, and they have two children - Tripp and Susannah. Bruce enjoys reading, traveling, playing golf and tennis, playing the guitar and hiking.

Julie Collins

Executive Pastor

Julie serves as executive pastor at Parkway Heights, working with volunteer coordination, Senior Adult Ministries and the staff in setting priorities and deadlines. An ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, Julie has served for over 25 years in churches in Mississippi and Tennessee. Julie and her husband, Sid, have two children, Emily and Keith, and a big dog named Pirate. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, cooking and reading.

Susan Eaton

Discipleship Pastor

Susan Eaton serves as the discipleship pastor at Parkway Heights. Susan helps create opportunities for learning, belonging and spiritual growth in small group settings; and she coordinates the Women’s Ministry and College Ministry. Susan also serves as one of our preaching pastors. Susan holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She is married to Stewart Eaton, and they have two children, Will and Rachel. You can follow Susan on Twitter: @susaneaton12

David Sellers

Open Door Pastor

David is one of the associate pastors at Parkway Heights. David leads the weekly services at The Open Door Community, Parkway Heights' recovery ministry. He is also responsible for all the support programs that meet at The Open Door. David and his wife Thu have three children, Quinn, Elijah and Kara.

Wes Ingram

Director of Youth and Family

Wes serves as the director of Youth & Family Ministry. Wes has a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS and a Doctorate of Ministry in youth, family, and culture from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Wes is married to a wonderful godly woman, Katie, and they have two daughters, Hallie and Kendall. You can follow Wes on Twitter and Instagram: @wesingram

Lesley Ellison

Director of Children's and Family

Lesley Ellison is Parkway Heights' director of Children's and Family Ministry, which includes Preschool Ministry, Children's Sunday School and The Loft. She is also organizing special events such as Vacation Bible School. Lesley is married to Chris and they have two sons, Henry and Joseph.

Wes Arrington

Director of Outreach Ministries

Director of Outreach Ministries Wes Arrington coordinates local outreach ministries and acts as the liaison with our national and international missions. He is also responsible for maintenance of our facilities. Wes has four children, two grandsons and a enough animals to almost make a small farm!

Amanda Cooper

Financial Administrator

As financial administrator, Amanda handles all accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting and all financial reporting for the church. She is also responsible for human resources. Amanda is married to Chris, and they have one daughter, Kara.

Avril Sword

Executive Secretary

Avril sits at the reception desk, and she is ready to meet and greet you! Avril is the pastor’s secretary, and she is responsible for his calendar. Avril’s duties include maintaining our member database system, church correspondence and administering our mobile app. Avril moved from Dundee, Scotland in April 2003 due to her husband being relocated to St. Louis, MO, where they stayed for five years. She then lived in Germany for one year before coming to Mississippi to live permanently. She started working at Parkway Heights in December 2014. Avril has an associate degree in business administration. Her hobbies are volunteering for a local animal shelter and walking her dog Ziggy!

Brooke Bryan

Communications Coordinator

Brooke is responsible for all church communication materials, such as the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletters, brochures and other communication pieces. She also oversees social media and website maintenance. Brooke received her bachelor's degree in communication from Mississippi State University and her master's degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Alabama. Brooke is married to Russ, and they have two children, Neal and Morgan.

Sam Bruton

Praise Band Director

Sam serves as leader of the Praise Band for our contemporary worship services. Sam is also a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi and a musician who performs regularly with a variety of ensembles in South Mississippi.

Gregory Fuller

Director of Music

As director of music, Dr. Fuller conducts the Sanctuary Choir and leads the music each week for the traditional worship service and other special services. Dr. Fuller is also a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Charles Thomas


Charles serves as organist for the 11 a.m. traditional worship service and for special services and weddings. He also serves as accompanist for the Sanctuary Choir. Charles is retired from Sunbeam Corporation as vice president operations. His wife Diane is retired as financial secretary at Parkway Heights.

Clair Speed

Nursery Supervisor

Nursery Supervisor Clair Speed manages the church nursery and supervises the nursery staff. Clair is married to Jeff, and they have two children, Maggie and Max.

Joe Hubbard


We welcomed Joe Hubbard as a new employee of Parkway Heights in 2017. Joe handles facility maintenance and event set-up.

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