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 - Lead Pastor

 Email: Craig@ThePark.org


Craig and Melinda have two children: Katelyn and Cameron.


Craig has earned degrees at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Baylor University.

Previous Ministry

During Dr. Canton’s more than twenty years in ministry, he has served and led churches in Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas.


Spending time with his family, Baylor Bears football, running, watching Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, eating Mexican food, reading, and playing Xbox!! Favorite book of the Bible: 2 Timothy.

Little Known Fact

Craig has worked at two radio stations in central Texas.

Dave Purkey - Worship Ministry Pastor

Email: Dave@ThePark.org

Dave is married to Karomy and they have twins Jackson and Madison and younger 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.

Jerry Coffman - Senior Adult Ministry Pastor

 Email: Jerry@ThePark.org

Sarah and Jerry have three children: Steve, Karen, and Randell. Steve and Cindy (his wife) have two children, Mark and Jessica. Randell and Judith (his wife) have two children, Madison and Andrei. Karen has a 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.

Jason Young - Student Ministry Pastor

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.)

Terry Coffee - Recreation Director


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

 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, Steven, and Stacie. 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 in the preschool and kindergarten areas of ministry 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






Nona Clutts - Worship Ministry/Senior Adult Ministry Assistant

 Email: Nona@thepark.org                                    


Ron Urban - Recreation Assistant

Email: Ron@ThePark.org






Bobby Nelson - Head Custodian

Email: Bobby@ThePark.org





301 N Lillis Ln ~ Denison, TX 75020 (903)465-1686