Adel Thalos, Pastor
Pastor Adel (pronounced like Se”attle”) Thalos was born in Cairo Egypt and immigrated to Denver Colorado when he was 5 years old. He graduated from Denver Theological Seminary with his MDiv in 1999. In 1991 he met his wife Lynne and they were married in 1992. Lynne is a remarkably accomplished woman, with degrees in Pharmacy, Journalism and a masters of arts in Christian Counseling. They have three adult sons, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. After serving many years in youth ministry and as a ruling elder in his home church, he received his first full time call as pastor to Church of the Savior, in Wichita, Kansas. From there the Lord called him to serve as Singles minister at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, while also serving as adjunct professor of Bible at Butler County Community College and later at Friends University. In 2005, he was called to be associate pastor of Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Snellville, GA. Later he was called to serve at Valleybrook Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Hixson, TN, where he served for over six years. The Lord then called him into transitional ministry within the EPC. He first served in revitalization as intentional transitional pastor at Farner EPC in Farner, TN. In July he was called as transitional pastor at Parkway Church. Adel and his wife Lynne are excited about how the Lord is working in the life of the EPC for His glory.
Sherril McCracken, CHILdREn's Ministry
Sherrill has been with Parkway for almost the entire life of the church. She has poured her heart into many ministries at Parkway, but mainly focuses her attention on the children's ministry. There is no group too big or too small for Sherrill. She enthusiastically makes all children and their families feel welcomed and loved. She is mom to the coolest son, Jack.
Matthew Bullard, Christian Education Director
Matthew joined Parkway as Director of Christian Education and Missions in September of 2010. He graduated from King College with a BA in Biblical Studies, and following his call into educational ministry, earned a Master's degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Over the last 20 years he has been blessed to serve Churches in Casa Crande, AZ and Johns Creek, GA, before coming to Parkway. His passion is to help people of all ages come to know and truly love Jesus, and be equipped to live as God's children here and now. Matthew has been married to Sidney for nearly 23 years. Together they find great joy in raising their Spartan-racing, Lego-building, Ninja Warrior sons, Scott (11) and Luke (8). Matthew enjoys playing basketball, golfing, fishing, and just getting out into God's creation. But, even more than those things, he would love to sit down with you to hear your story and help you develop a purposeful path for growing in your faith.
Gregory Case, Music DIRECTOR
Gregory has been leading worship through various styles since his teenage years. He has a strong understanding and passion for both sacred liturgical settings as well as more contemporary approaches to worship. Gregory has toured parts of Europe and Russia participating in worship music and finds great delight in working for the Lord. In addition to being a husband and father of two boys, he has been the music and computers teacher at Alpharetta Christian Academy since 2009. Gregory has garnered experience with various churches as a pianist, organist, and Music Minister in the area and utilizes everything he has learned to help bring praise to God through worship in song.
Will Startup, Youth Director
Will has a passion for reaching the lost. As the youth director, he desires to see students come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Being a former professional athlete, he was placed in a secular environment and felt called to love and accept his teammates and share the gospel. Because of his past experiences, he feels called to encourage the students of Parkway to be brave in the Lord and make a huge impact in their families, with their friends, and in their schools. He has a wonderful wife, Lauren and two beautiful children, Copeland and Afton.
Donna Carrol, Secrectary
Donna is the information specialist at Parkway Presbyterian Church. She has been on staff for 10 years. She efficiently handles the day-to-day operations and graciously supports the staff, church members, and visitors. Call Parkway with any questions and she is always happy to help. Donna is married to Allen and they have a beautiful daughter, Jennifer.