Leadership & Staff




Reverend dawn douglas flowers

Born and raised just down the road in Vicksburg, MS, I am an ordained elder (appointed in 2005) in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I earned my bachelor's in biological studies from The University of Southern Mississippi and my Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. I enjoy reading, watching movies, anything outside, and spending time with my husband, Shawn, an elementary gifted-education teacher and assistant softball coach at Madison Central, and our three children, Abby Jo, Davis, and Coady.

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contact: Reverend Dawn douglas FLowers




REVEREND philip K. messner

I have served as minister of music since 1995 and associate pastor since 2010. Ordained as a deacon in full connection with the Mississippi Conference in 2012, I received my bachelor's and master's in music from Kent State University and seminary certificate from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. My role at Parkway Hills UMC is varied between music and pastoral duties to include directing and planning music with the Adult Choir and Jubilation Ringers handbells group; planning worship music with the senior pastor, as well as working with volunteer directors for the children’s choirs. My pastoral duties include preaching, pastoral care, weddings, funerals, and planning Monday worship services at St. Catherine’s Village Continue-Care Retirement Community. Additionally, I work with our Board of Trustees in monitoring the buildings and grounds for upkeep needs. I live in Madison with my wife, Ann, and two energetic dogs, Heidi and Bailie. Ann is employed at St. Joseph Catholic School.

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contact: Reverend Philip messner




cynthia gibbs

As director of Children and Family Ministry, I have the incredible opportunity to minister to our children from birth to fifth grade. I oversee the Nursery, children’s Sunday School classes, and Wednesday re:treat activities. I work with volunteers in planning Vacation Bible School, Easter egg hunts, and Christmas activities among other events. I am a graduate of Millsaps College with a bachelor's in elementary education. I am married to Chris Gibbs, and we have three children. Parkway Hills has been my church home since 1999. I am blessed by this church family and the opportunities we have to serve others through this church.

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contact: Cynthia gibbs



bob rhoads

As your financial assistant, I assist the senior pastor and the finance committee chair with the financial operations of the church. I am routinely in the office Mondays; but, do not hesitate to contact me any time should you need assistance or have questions related to church finances.

contact: Bob rhoads




rebecca olack

As administrative assistant, I am always happy to assist! In addition to general office duties, I coordinate communications. If you are planning a church activity, let me help you by putting it on our calendar and in the bulletin. Are you starting a ministry? Allow me to write a story in the weekly newsletter to help you spread the word. Did you take some photos during a youth event, service project, small group, or Bible study? Email a copy to the office, and I will share it on our social media or newsletter to show others what God is doing right here at Parkway Hills UMC. Call me if I can assist you in any way!

contact: Rebecca olack



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Angie McLeod Williams

A life-long United Methodist and a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience, I have served as a part-time youth coordinator at Parkway Hills UMC since 2016. Along with Matthew Kirk, I work with parents and other adult volunteers to provide youth ministry programs during Sunday School, on Sunday evenings, and for special occasions throughout the year. As co-coordinators, we work to include youth in worship, missions, and the overall leadership of the church, whether that is helping with Vacation Bible School or serving on a church committee. My husband and I are the proud parents of three beautiful children, who have grown up at Parkway Hills since we joined in 2004.

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contact: Angie williams 


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Matthew Kirk

A native of Madison and a graduate of Mississippi State University, I joined Parkway Hills UMC in 2009 with my wife, Molly, and was immediately drawn to the youth group. I began serving as a youth volunteer in 2010 and have been serving on staff as one of the youth leaders since 2014. I am always ready to receive your questions, ideas, or concerns related to youth activities, so please don't hesitate to contact me. Away from Parkway Hills, I am the owner and operator of Kirk Pest Control (formerly ABC Pest Control) in Madison. Molly and I are the proud parents of Emily Kay, twins Cannon and Adelaide, and Clara.

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contact: Matthew kirk



Louise Johnson

My husband, Wayne, and I have been members of Parkway Hills UMC since 2007, and I have been cooking for this congregation-these people I love-since 2012. Preparing food for Wednesday nights and special events is important to me. There is a feeling of family and caring for each other here at all our events, and I love preparing meals for others to enjoy while they gather around the table to fellowship. I look forward to continuing to serve God and my church through Parkway Hills United Methodist Church and through this busy and blessed kitchen.

contact: Louise johnson




Ann Allen

I have been working with children for more than 20 years, and I never tire of it. So, when my husband and I started to attend Parkway Hills UMC in 2003, it was only a matter of time before I migrated up to the Nursery! I love Parkway Hills UMC, and working in the Nursery is exactly where I feel called to be. Children in the Parkway Hill's Nursery are cared for and loved so that parents can focus on worship, study, and fellowship! Since I began with the Nursery, I have worked with a very dedicated staff, who, like me, realize the importance of the children seeing the same welcoming faces every week and feeling at home in our bright and cheerful rooms. We also welcome volunteers to help in the Nursery; so, if you would like to volunteer, please let me know. 

contact: Ann allen


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Lay Leadership


The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline defines church council as providing for "planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church. The church council shall be amenable to and function as the administrative agency of the charge conference." 

The committee on lay leadership, according to the United Methodist Church, "also serves throughout the year to guide the church council on matters regarding leadership (other than employed staff) and to identify, train and support leaders in the congregation."

Serving on either church council or on the committee for lay leadership is a vital role of service.