Our Staff

This page gives you a brief look at the Parkside ministerial and support staff. You may click on the email address to send a message to any staff member.

Dr. Craig Canton - Senior Pastor

We are happy to introduce to you our new Senior Pastor, Dr. Craig Canton. During Dr. Canton’s twenty years in ministry, he has served and led churches in Texas, South Carolina, and Ohio. Craig has earned degrees at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Baylor University. While attending Baylor University, he met his wife, Melinda, while serving in the Baptist Student Ministry. The Cantons have two daughters, Katelyn and Cameron, who are actively involved in their current church.

Dr. Canton will begin preaching at Parkside on November 1, 2015.

Pastor Jerry Coffman - Interim Pastor; Minister to Senior Adults

Email: Jerry@ThePark.org

Sarah and Jerry have three children: Steve, Karen, and Randell. Steve and Cindy (his wife) have two children, Mark, 25, and Jessica, 23. Randell and Judith (his wife) have two children, Madison, 12, and Andrei, 6. Karen has a 20 year old son, Andrew.

Jerry received a Doctor of Theology degree in 1970, from a small Bible seminary in East Texas.

Previous Ministry
Over His 55 years of ministry, Jerry has been pastor of churches in Rusk (Texas), Gary (Texas), Paris (Texas), Odessa (Texas), and Bellflower, California.

Outdoors –yard work; indoors – reading.

Dave Purkey - Minister of Music

Email: Dave@ThePark.org

Dave is married to Karomy and they have 9 year-old twins Jackson and Madison and a 3 year-old son, Hudson.

Dave graduated from Hardin-Simmons University, having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Church Music.

Ministry/Work Experience
Before joining the Parkside staff in August of 2010, Dave served as Minister of Music at FBC Plainview for 3 years. Prior to that, he served at Wylie Baptist Church in Abilene, FBC of Odessa and Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene.

Dave enjoys spending time with his wife Karomy and their children.

Some Things You May Not Know About Him
-- Dave is a huge Oklahoma Sooners fan.

Jason Young - Minister to Students

Email: Jason@ThePark.org

Jason is married to Naomi and they have one son, Brady.

Jason graduated from Permian High School in Odessa, TX. He has a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education from Howard Payne University and a Master's degree in Educational Ministries from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Previous Ministry/Work Experience
Prior to joining the Parkside staff in June 2008, he served at First Baptist Church in Comanche, TX; First Baptist Church in Brock, TX; and First Baptist Church in Bloomfield, NM.

Jason likes fly-fishing, football, sports, reading Christian fiction, and spending time with students.

Some Things You May Not Know About Him
--Jason feels that he has a call on his life to be in student ministry long-term. 
--Jason won the horseshoe pitching championship in sixth grade. (Because of his great humility, he chooses not to brag about this significant accomplishment.)

Mandy Ratliff - Missions Coordinator

Email: Mandy@ThePark.org

Mandy is married to Russell and they have 3 beautiful daughters, Hope (9), Claire (7) and Molly (5).

Mandy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Oklahoma Baptist University.

Ministry/Work Experience
Having grown up in the church, Mandy has had many opportunities to work in missions, including local projects, many stateside mission trips and several overseas mission trips. Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, she worked as a Project Manager and Church Account Administrator for Guidestone Financial Services of the Southern Baptist Convention for 5 years.

Mandy loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys reading, studying French, and sneaking off to the mountains of Colorado when they can.

Some Things You May Not Know About Her
--She lived in France for 6 months during college.
--She absolutely loves roast and cherry pie.

Terry Coffee - Recreation Director


Terry is married to Lana. They have three sons and one daughter-in-law; Coby (27) is married to Constance, Kyle (23) and Casey (19).

Terry attended The University of North Texas and majored in Secondary Education with teaching fields in Political Science, History and Physical Education.

Work/ Ministry experience:
While in college Terry worked with evangelist Jay Strack traveling throughout Texas working at crusade youth events. He was in the first action group that Campus Crusade for Christ organized at UNT in 1979. During his time at UNT the ministry grew from 5 students to over 160 in 3 years.

2008-2012 Assistant Chief of Operations Canyon Lake Fire/EMS
1985-2008 Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Grapevine

Jogging, lifting weights, sports, movies, and shooting any kind of gun.

Things you might not know about Terry:
I once caught a 19 lb. striper with an oar. I love me some Texas Longhorn Sports.

Jan Kretzer - Preschool/Children Director

Email: Jan@ThePark.org

Jan was married to the late Steve Kretzer for almost 45 years. They have three children: Stephanie, 44, Steven, 37, and Stacie, 35. And she loves her 7 grandchildren - Taylor, Ashley, Quentin, Caitlin, Gavin, Courtney, and Trinity.

Attended college in Aurora, Colorado. Graduated “Highly Distinguished” from Saint Nicholas College in London England with full teaching credentials.

Work/Ministry Experience:
Grew up in church and has served in about every capacity (except preacher). Worked as a preschool and kindergarten for 25 years in schools from Hawaii to Germany.

She loves to cook, sew, craft, read, sing and listen to music.

Things you might not know about Jan:
Grew up in southern Illinois. Once, when singing, a bug flew into my mouth. 


Randy Taylor - Sunday School Coordinator

Audra Vaughn - Administrator

  Email: Audra@ThePark.org






Diane Bilderback - Student Ministry Assistant

  Email: Diane@ThePark.org






Michelle Chesser - Preschool/Children Assistant

  Email: Michelle@ThePark.org






Jennifer Smith - Front Desk Receptionist/Senior Pastor Assistant

Email: Jennifer@ThePark.org






Judi Crocker - Senior Adult/Worship Assistant






Ron Urban - Recreation Assistant

  Email: Ron@ThePark.org






Bobby Nelson - Head Custodian






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