Sam Dennis, Senior Pastor
Senior Pastor Sam Dennis is the founding pastor of ParkwayHills Baptist Church. Pastor Sam earned his Bachelors degree in English Literature from Wichita State University and his Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor Sam believes passionately we have been placed on the Dallas Parkway, in this specific space, to be a beacon of light to the community around us. As the church within the community, he believes we are here to reach those within and outside our doors to experience LIFEChange in Christ. Through his leadership, we are united in “Presenting Jesus Christ as Savior and Pursuing Jesus Christ as Lord”.
Pastor Sam and his wife, Belinda, live in the community and have two adult children; son, Trey, attends Dallas Baptist University and daughter Taylor and son-in-law, Matt, have a son, Cannon. Pastor Sam's connection to the community is strong and deep due to the investment he and Belinda made years ago to raise their family here.
Mark Goode, Minister of Worship, Arts & Media
Mark leads our Worship, Arts & Media ministries with an enthusiasm to reach others for Christ. Mark graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration while serving as Chairman for All-University Sing and Pigskin for his fraternity. He was awarded the Baylor Hankamer School of Business Alumni Award at the Business School’s 75th anniversary.
After years of running a business with his family, Mark was called to serve in full-time ministry here on the Parkway. His previous years of serving the Lord as a layman in several leadership roles prepared him to follow his passion full-time in reaching others for Christ through our music and arts ministries. He has a heart for the Lord and uses his talents and skills to serve Him.
Mark and his wife, Jami, have a son, Robert, and their daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Ryan, have a daughter, Peyton. Mark has strong connections in this community through years of serving here.
Mark Matthews, Executive Pastor
As our Executive Pastor, Mark provides leadership to our Preschool, Children, Student and Adult Ministries. In addition, he guides our Men’s Ministry and overall church growth efforts.
Mark is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Education, and has previously served as a University Coach with Baylor University, an Executive Pastor, and a Leadership Coach with The Zig Ziglar Corporation. He has the heart of a servant leader whose personal mission is to teach God’s Word, lead God’s church, equip God’s people and encourage everyone! His ultimate goal is to take what he has learned in ministry, business and sports and use those skills and abilities to set people up to succeed in all areas of life. Mark and his wife, Gena, live in Frisco and have two amazing teenagers, Brittney and Josh.
Debbie Richardson, Minister to Children
Debbie leads our Children’s ministries - babies through elementary aged children. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
Debbie loves the Lord and was created to share that love with children. She wakes up in the morning thinking about ways to reach, teach and love children. She has a servant’s heart and is happiest when teaching kids about Jesus.
She and her husband, Bill, have two adult children, Courtney and Mike, who grew up at ParkwayHills.
Corey Gummelt, Minister to Students
Corey was born and raised in Waco, Texas. He attended Brookhaven Community College, and then finished his Bachelor’s degree at East Texas Baptist University where he played baseball. He is continuing his education at Dallas Baptist University to receive a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.
Corey worked as a camp counselor at Sky Ranch and served as a student intern for two years at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, Texas. God used these experiences to touch Corey’s heart and call him into full-time ministry as a Student Pastor.
Corey and his wife, Tenley, live in Plano. He loves playing all kinds of sports and can be spotted often on our volleyball courts.
Suzie Prizer, Director of Women's Ministries
As our Women’s Minister, Suzie oversees the wonderful volunteer leadership as they plan and prepare Women’s Bible Studies, events and retreats, and Women’s Mission Trips. Suzie is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Education.
Suzie has been on staff at ParkwayHills since 1997. Her love for ministry, in particular women’s ministry, is evident in everything she does. She leads her ministry teams with love, integrity and dedication.
Suzie and her husband, Brad, live in Frisco. Their three adult children grew up at ParkwayHills; sons, Blake and Brandon, live in the Dallas area and their daughter and son-in-law, Emilee and Ross, have two sons, Will and Caleb.