welcome to our new pastor
Meet Our New Pastor, Bruce Case!
Parkway Heights is excited to welcome our new lead pastor, Rev. Bruce Case, to our church family! Bruce’s first Sunday with us was July 2.
Although Bruce will be new to Parkway Heights, he is no stranger to Hattiesburg. Bruce was the pastor of Court Street UMC in Downtown Hattiesburg for five years before serving at Parkway Hills in Madison, where he is currently. Before Court Street, Bruce was a pastor in the Alaska Missionary Conference and expanded Christ First UMC of Wasilla, AK into Palmer, AK. He has also served as a youth minister and associate pastor in Meridian.
Bruce grew up in Brookhaven and was active at Brookhaven First United Methodist Church. He graduated from Brookhaven High School and Mississippi State University. He received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 1997.
Bruce originally planned to become a golf professional at a country club, but, ironically, he didn’t like working on Sundays! (Bruce acknowledges that God has a great sense of humor!) After college, while working at McLane Distribution Center, Bruce felt the strong pull to serve in the church, and that’s when he decided to attend seminary and answer the call to full-time ministry.
“It dawned on me one day that this was where I loved to be,” he said. “Serving the church was life-giving and exciting. I discovered that the church was a place where people came to ask life’s most important questions, to draw love, accountability and support from each other. Church was where people connected with God!”
He added, “Wesley’s emphasis on grace, accountability groups and actually participating in your faith as a way of life took on new meaning to me.”
Bruce expresses his gratitude to get to do what he does as a pastor.
“I enjoy building relationships with people. I love to preach and teach. I love the challenge of building networks of people in the church to do things that couldn’t possibly be done by any one person. I get great joy out of seeing people find their purpose and calling in life. And there’s nothing like seeing someone being transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ and His body, the Church. It’s also fun to see how an inspired church can impact the community and build connections both across the street and across the world.”
Bruce and his wife, Jen, who will be working as a teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School, have been married for 20 years. They have two children—Tripp, who recently completed his first year at Copiah-Lincoln Community College as a scholarship tennis player, and Susannah, who will be attending Oak Grove High School as a freshman.
The Cases love to read, travel and play games and sports, such as tennis and golf. Bruce also enjoys singing, playing the guitar and hiking. He has already hiked on the Appalachian Trail and hopes to someday hike at Big Bend National Park.
We are so happy to have Bruce and his family join us, and he is anxious as well.
“I look forward to working collaboratively with our staff and with our lay leaders to discern with each other what God’s ‘next’ is for us. And I’m eager to jump in and learn as much as I can about the journey and history of Parkway Heights. I’m just honored and thankful for the opportunity to build on what God has done through the people at Parkway Heights.”