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Staff

Wesley Barefield

Senior Pastor, pictured with his wife, Lori, and son, Maddox.

Bro. Wesley was born and raised in Randolph, MS. He moved to Houston in January of 2014 to become the Associate Pastor of Parkwood. He served three years as Associate Pastor and in January of 2017, the Church voted him in as Senior Pastor. 

Bro. Wesley was saved at the age of seven and felt the call to preach at the age of nineteen. He married his wife, Lori, on July 2, 2016. He has an Associate's degree from Itawamba Community College, a four year Biblical Studies diploma from the North Mississippi Baptist Bible Institute, and a Bachelor of Theology from Carolina Theological Seminary. He is currently furthering his education at Liberty University. 

Bro. Wesley married his bride, Lori, on July 2, 2016 and they have one son, Maddox, who was born on December 7, 2017. If you would like to contact Bro. Wesley, please call our church office or email him directly. 


Mark Thrift

Pastor Emeritus, pictured with his wife, Joni

Bro. Mark was the pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church for 31 years, from November of 1985 to January 2017. His father was the pastor here before him for twenty-two years. He travels and preaches extensively, and is a highly sought after conference and revival preacher.

Bro. Mark was saved at the age of sixteen, and felt the call to preach shortly thereafter. He attended Lynchburg Baptist College, Hyles-Anderson College, and graduated from Baptist Christian College in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1978 with a Bachelor of Theology degree. He obtained a Master's degree from Trinity Valley Baptist Seminary & College in 2001.

Bro. Mark transitioned from the Pastor of Parkwood to Parkwood's Pastor Emeritus in January of 2017. He now travels each week as a Missionary-Evangelist preaching revivals, camp-meetings, and conferences. He takes numerous mission trips each year, taking pastors with him each time. If you would be interested in having Bro. Mark in your church or if you would like more information about taking a mission trip with him, contact our church office or email him directly. 

Bro. Kevin Vargas

Youth Leader, pictured with his wife, Cassie

Monica Smith

Office Manager

Caitlyn Martin

Missions Secretary