In June 1994, Bruce Taylor, his wife Susan, and their children, Mandy and Ben, moved to Madison to begin a new United Methodist Church. With no people, no land, no building, and no office from which to work, Bruce began knocking on doors across the Madison/Ridgeland area and found families interested in the possibility of creating a new congregation. The seed of our church was planted.
Thirteen people worshiped together in the first service held at the Taylor home August 3, 1994. The group continued to grow, meeting in the Taylor home until the first official worship service January 15, 1995, at the Madison Central High School Field House. A great crowd of 119 people worshiped together that day.
In December 1994, eight acres of land were purchased on Highland Colony Parkway in Madison, and a master plan developed for future buildings to be phased in as the church grew. On April 9, 1995, PHUMC was officially named and constituted as a United Methodist Church and 54 people became the first full members of the congregation with 20 children on the preparatory roll.
In 1996, the stained glass windows in our buildings were acquired from Capitol Street United Methodist Church in Jackson and incorporated into the church's master plan.
On the third anniversary of the very first meeting in the Taylor home, August 3, 1997, we held a groundbreaking service for the new Worship Center. Less than two years later, PHUMC held its first service April 18, 1999, in the Worship Center, moving from Madison Central High School into its permanent home on Highland Colony Parkway. Not long after this initial service, the second phase of the master plan began.
In November 2003, Phase 2 construction of the Education/Administration Building was completed. This building houses Sunday School classrooms, a children's area called "The Garden", youth rooms, a choir rehearsal room, administrative offices, and the Parlor. The original office space in the Worship Center building has been converted to an large kitchen and food service area.
After shepherding Parkway Hills through its founding and early years, Reverend Taylor was appointed to Pascagoula First United Methodist Church in late summer 2004. Rev. Richard Robbins became PHUMC's senior pastor until his retirement in 2010. In June 2010, Bruce Case moved to Madison with his wife Jen and two children, Trip and Susannah, to become the third and current senior pastor in PHUMC's history.
We are a vibrant, growing church, with new programs developed and added as needs arise. Today we average nearly 300 in attendance each week between our two Sunday morning worship services. God continues to bless our church as we strive to be His Church in our community.
We invite you to join us for any of our worship services or ministry activities. You will then understand the words of our unofficial motto, "We do best the things we do together"!
The Good Shepherd window is the largest window we received from Capitol Street United Methodist Church in Jackson. It is placed in the sanctuary directly behind the altar.