Church Staff

Ken Parvin
Senior Pastor
I was raised in Gulfport, MS, and attended the University of South Alabama before heading into a normal career, but God had other plans and called me later in life to vocational ministry.  I was baptized, ordained as a deacon, and ordained into ministry at First Baptist Church Gulfport, and received my M. Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  During my time in Gulfport, I served as a pastoral intern at First Baptist before being called as the Senior Pastor of Heucks Retreat in 2005.
My beautiful wife Sandra and I are the proud parents of two sons: Tyler and Tanner.
I would love to meet you and have you join us at Heucks Retreat this Sunday.
Drew Different
Worship Pastor
Brett Rushing
Student Pastor
I was raised in Brandon, MS and felt God calling me to ministry in late high school, but pushed it aside and hoped to find something else that would interest me.  But by the end of my first semester at Southern Miss, I knew that there was no other option, so I surrendered to whatever the Lord had for me.  After graduating from Southern Miss, I attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and received my M. Div. in Expository Preaching.  Throughout college and seminary, I served in volunteer roles with student ministries at different churches before being called to Heucks Retreat in August of 2016.
My desire is to see all students come to a saving knowledge of the Lord.  Nothing brings me more joy than to see a student ‘get it’.  That’s done through partnering with parents to disciple their children and raise them in the way that brings honor and glory to God.  
I’d love to have you join us at Heucks Retreat and I can’t wait to meet you.
Anita Schmidt
Ministry Assistant
Anita Schmidt joined our staff as Ministry Assistant in August 2016.  Anita is a native Mississippian and a resident of Wesson for the past seven years.  She attended Hinds Community College, majoring in Business Administration, and has an extensive background in administrative support.  Anita and her husband, Ed, are the parents of a son and daughter and have three grandsons.