Ministry Staff

Pastor Dianne Davis

The presence of God is both phenomenal and subtle in her life. Words cannot suffice God’s extraordinary presence throughout her journey. The journey begins in the small rural area of San Domingo, Maryland. It embodies the old African proverb: “It takes a whole village to raise a child” The community of San Domingo was instrumental in her early spiritual formation and was a safe haven to enjoy childhood.  The local church, Zion United Methodist Church, provided tools to empower her to serve in various capacities such as choir, usher, worship leader, Sunday school teacher, and Lay Speaker which equipped her for the calling to pastoral ministry.

Rev. Dianne attributes her early education to Delmar High School. While working for the Department of Social Service for 20 years, she pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science. Matriculating to Wesley Theological Seminary, she received a Master of Divinity. In addition she is a 2010 graduate of United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio with a Doctorate of Ministry (focus in preaching and leadership). Pastor Dianne holds full membership in Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference serving a number of churches and charges before relocating to Central Florida.

Her passion for serving God and God’s people is evident in the many capacities in which she served. She chaired and was a member of numerous boards and agencies in the Pen-Del Conference. Those boards and agencies include, chair of BMCR (Black Methodist for Church Renewal), BUMP (Black United Methodist Pastors), Vice Chair of Conference Council on Finance and Administration Committee, Conference Board of Pension, Bishop’s Reside Committee, Conference Personnel, District Board on Ministry, District Secretary, Conference Worship Committee, created and performed various skits for Annual Conference and other conference gatherings. In addition she led the first Cross-Cultural/Cross-Racial Task Force for the conference.

Pastor Dianne’s greatest joy is family. She and husband Russell have five daughters and four grandchildren. The greatest expression of love is spending quality time with family.

She strongly believes her 20 years of service with the Dept. of Social Services helped develop her understanding of mission and ministry. That is the nature and mission of the Church - to wholly and unapologetically care for all of God’s creation.  It is imperative that we not only care about people, but, “love” people as well. She believes that the Church’s mission in and to the world is to be present in the world and to minister in diverse ways to the poor, the oppressed, the outcasts, and the downtrodden.  The church should be in solidarity with the poor and the oppressed, and even be a strong voice on behalf of those who have no voice. The church must be a veritable living example of God’s love by preaching, teaching, and living in the real world and with God’s people.   

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.

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.

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