Lead Pastor Mike McKnight casts the vision and direction for Parkway Heights. In addition to weekly preaching and worship planning, Mike provides pastoral care for our congregation. He also provides leadership to all staff and church committees. Mike received his undergraduate degree from Troy University and his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Mike and his wife Rene have three children and seven grandchildren. Mike is serving as lead pastor in an interim capacity until June 2017.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A long-time employee of Parkway Heights, Buford handles facility maintenance and event set-up.