Parkway Heights Staff

  • Bruce Case

    Lead Pastor

    Bruce is in his 21st year under appointment in the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He went to seminary at Duke Divinity School. He has served churches in Meridian, Mississippi; Wasilla, Alaska; Madison, Mississippi; and Hattiesburg. Bruce loves leading, teaching, preaching and mentoring. He believes that the local church can be fun and transformative and that it is the place where disciples are made, strengthened, trained and sent out. He enjoys playing the guitar and singing, golf, reading and hiking.

    Bruce is married to Jennifer Dallin Case, who teaches fifth grade math at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School. Jen enjoys reading and yoga. Bruce caught up with Jen when he was attending seminary in North Carolina. They have two children - Tripp, who is 19, and Susannah, who is 15. Tripp is finishing his second year at Co-Lin Community College and will be attending the University of Mississippi in the fall of 2018. Tripp is on the varsity tennis team at Co-Lin. Susannah is a ninth grader at Oak Grove High School, and she loves to dance and practice yoga.

  • 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. She is also the leader of our Stephen Ministry program. 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

    In her role as discipleship pastor, Susan helps create opportunities for learning, belonging and spiritual growth in small group settings. Along with preaching and teaching, Susan also leads spiritual formation retreats for women and helps plan creative worship experiences for the congregation. Susan holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. When she's not at the church or with family, you will probably find her at her favorite local yoga studio. You can follow Susan on Twitter: @susaneaton12, Instagram: @suseaton and on her blog at

  • david sellers

    pastor of open door community

    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 & family ministries

    Wes Ingram 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 & family ministries

    Lesley serves as Parkway Heights' director of Children's and Family Ministry. She oversees Preschool and Children's Ministry, including Sunday School and special events. She and her husband, Chris, have two children, Henry and Joseph. Lesley worked with children of all ages as a speech pathologist prior to serving at Parkway Heights. She enjoys sewing and crafting.

  • wes arrington

    director of outreach ministries & facility management

    Wes Arrington coordinates local outreach ministries and acts as the liaison with our other missions. He is also responsible for maintenance of our facilities and coordinating building use by the community. Wes is married to Angela (A.J.) Arrington and has four children and two grandsons and has been known to paint occasionally, especially watercolors.

  • 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 joined Parkway Heights as the executive secretary to the lead pastor in December 2014. Her main duties are updating the membership directory, booking weddings, church correspondence, mobile app maintenance and coordinating Wednesdays @ Parkway. Avril is married to Bruce Sword.

  • 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.

  • greg fuller

    director of music

    As director of music, Greg conducts the Sanctuary Choir and leads the music each week for the traditional worship service and other special services. Greg 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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