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Ministry Staff

Pastor Rena Lewis

Greetings and blessings to the Conway UMC family. I am Rev. Rena S Lewis. Originally, I am from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, but presently reside in Orlando, Florida and I have been a member of Conway UMC for ten years. 


As your new Interim Pastor, I have served alongside you with my prayers, my service and my gifts for the last ten years. Through God's abundant love, grace and Mercy, I plan to be in ministry with you and as an advocate for you and Conway UMC, as directed by God.


Presently, I have three adult children and six grandchildren. Two children are in Mississippi, while one lives in Georgia. 


My favorite scriptures are Psalm 23, Psalm 51, Psalm 91, Isaiah 40:29-31 and John 3:16. It is my prayers, hope and belief that together and on one accord, guided by God's will and plan for our lives, we can make disciples of our sisters and brothers in our communities and the world.

Gale Jones Murphy
Music Director

In addition to serving as Music Director at Conway, Gale Jones Murphy is a concert pianist, vocal and recording artist, music teacher, and a composer of over 700 songs.  She began playing piano at the age of three, and was a designated pianist at her church by the age of five.  Gale graduated from Southern Missionary College with a Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis in both voice and piano and obtained her Masters in Music from Memphis State University.  Her vocal CD, entitled “You Are Not Forgotten” still has good success on iTunes.  She is making plans to record a piano project soon.  

Married to William Murphy, a talented bass player, for over 37 years, they serve together as musicians at their church, Mt. Sinai Seventh-day Adventist Church in Orlando, FL.  They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Casey Wilson
Preschool Director

Casey has worked in the field of Early Childhood, Christian Education for over 20 years and loves watching 'little ones' grow as Jesus did, in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Casey is a graduate of Ball State University and currently holds a BA in  Social Work. She has resided in Florida since 2001 and has been married to her husband, Blaine Wilson for 22 years.  Together they have two college age daughters, Kaylie and Mackenzie.

Stephanie Parkkila
Director, Children & Student Ministries

Stephanie has been an elementary teacher for over 20 years in the Florida school system.  She has been the director of our student ministries twice now.  The first time was from 1994-1998 and most recently since 2010.  She and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Mary-Louise and J.J.

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