Meet The Staff
Paul Purvis // Lead Pastor
Pastor Paul Purvis was born in Hartsville, South Carolina. He was raised in a strong Christian home and at the age of seven understood the need for a personal, life-long relationship with Jesus Christ. During his junior year at Furman University, he responded to God’s vocational call on his life. Although he had served in various church and ministry roles prior to that time, it was after beginning the preparations for a career in politics and law that he realized that God had greater plans for him. The driving passion of his life is to glorify God through loving Jesus and leading the local church to reach its community and the world by providing a ministry that is real, relevant, and relational.
Pastor Paul has been married to Kimberly since 1993 and together they have 4 boys: Micah, Caleb, Noah, and Luke. They have also been blessed to adopt their daughter, Aniyah.
Buck Buchanan // Pastor of Worship Ministries
Buck Buchanan was born to a Christian home on a United States Airforce Base in Okinawa, Japan. He understood the need for a personal, life-long relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of 8. God spent the following years molding, growing, and stretching Buck's faith in preparation for ministry. He spent numerous summers working for Lifeway's CentriKID and Centrifuge Camps, and eventually followed God's calling to ministry by attending and graduating from Boyce College; the Undergraduate Program of SBTS in Louisville, KY. God has gifted Buck with musical and artistic abilities. Today he serves Mission Hill Church as the Pastor of Worship Ministries and oversees the excellence of the church's creative avenues through music, printed art, videos, and all things Media/Tech.
Buck has been married to his wife, Amy, since May 2010, and they have been blessed with two wonderful boys, Carter and Fletcher.
Nick Colton // Pastor of Grow Ministries
Pastor Nick Colton was born in Clearwater, Florida. He understood the need for a personal, life-long relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of fourteen. Following his senior year in high school, he responded to God’s vocational call on his life. God confirmed this call during his sophomore year at Carson-Newman College. His path has continually been directed toward pastoral ministry even though there were seasons of wondering what God had in store. Today he serves to develop leaders whose passion for Jesus Christ propels them to love others by telling them the truth about Jesus, ministering to their physical needs, and leading them through the disciple-making process here at Mission Hill Church.
Pastor Nick has been married to Jenny since 2000 and together they have 3 children: Caleb, Silas and Shae.
Gary McNeal // Pastor of Serve Ministries
Gary McNeal was born in Tallahassee, Florida but moved to Tampa at a young age. He was blessed to have strong Christian parents and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior at the age of seven. After school he began a 30 year career in the grocery business, and while working at one of the stores he met his beautiful wife Lynn and married in July, 1977. Sensing God’s call to ministry he attended a local bible institute and 3 years later God opened the door of opportunity to serve at Mission Hill Church. While serving at Mission Hill Church God moved Gary and his wife for a season to Waters Ave Baptist Church where Gary served as the pastor for 6 years. Returning to Mission Hill Church in May 2012, he and his wife are privileged to serve the Lord and the church family working with senior adults. Gary also serves as the business manager for the church.
He and Lynn have three grown children, Lindsay, Matthew and Melissa, and four grandchildren, Madison, Cooper, Elias and Hudson .
Jeff Six // Campus Director of Ministries // Mission Hill Church Six
Jeff grew up in Indiana and Iowa. During his sophomore year at the University of Iowa, a college friend invited him to a Christian concert. It was there that Jeff began his journey with Jesus. As a new believer, he was discipled through The Navigators collegiate ministry, and after graduating he served in that ministry for several years, growing in his faith and beginning to sense God's call into full-time ministry. In 1995 Jeff moved to South Carolina and pursued a Master of Divinity at Columbia Biblical Seminary where God also brought Bonnie into his life.
Jeff and Bonnie were married in 2001 and have three children: Eliana, Mikayla, and Josiah.
Erin McCallum // Director of Preschool
Erin McCallum grew up on a farm in the little town of Broxton, GA. She was raised in a Christian family, where she learned about Jesus at an early age through the witness of her parents and the love of many faithful Sunday School teachers at FBC Broxton. When she was seven years old, her dad explained the Gospel to her one night, and she prayed to ask Jesus to forgive her of her sins and placed her trust in Jesus as her Savior and Lord. When she was in sixth grade, she went to a missions camp for girls in North Georgia, where she learned about God’s heart for the nations. It was there that she first felt God calling her to be a missionary. This calling later lead to her serving for two years as a missionary for the International Mission Board in India, after graduating from college in 2010. While in India, God grew her faith in big ways, and she discovered a love for discipling women and children, telling Bible stories with henna art, and drinking really sweet coffee. After returning to the States, she earned her Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina.
Erin first discovered her passion for working with children as a teenager, when she served in the nursery on Sunday nights, and she has worked with children ever since for more than ten years in various roles as an employee and as a volunteer in the churches where she was a member. She joined the staff of Mission Hill Church in August of 2016 as the Director of Preschool Ministries. She loves being a part of a church that makes missional living and discipleship a priority at every stage of life.
Brent Porter // Director of Next Generations Ministries
Brent grew up in the Wichita, Kansas area. Raised in a Christian home, Brent knew the importance of a relationship with Christ, but it wasn’t until a Summer Youth Camp that he surrendered his life to Christ. About a year later, Brent felt God speaking again, and it was at that point, he surrendered his life to full-time Christian service. God created a passion for student ministry inside of Brent because of opportunities that his youth pastor gave him through High School and hurts that he saw with his own friends. Brent graduated from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO in 2001 with his Bachelor’s degree and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006 with his Master’s in Christian Education. He has been serving in Student Ministry for the past 15 years in churches across the South, including Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.
God brought Jaquie into Brent’s life and they were married in December 2012. They have 3 children: Jayden, Jackson and Cora Joy.
Zak Moussa // Director of Prayer & International Ministries
Zakaria Moussa was born in Maradi, Niger Republic. He grew up in a Christian family but accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1987. Thereafter, he earnestly sought to expand his knowledge of God through his local church. While training with the Navigators during his college years, he was convinced that God was calling him to full-time ministry. Zak came to the United States in 2004 where he served among the leaders within the International Ministry at Mission Hill Church. He is a faithful man of prayer who believes that prayer is vital in the life of a Believer because it promotes communication and fellowship with God as well as achieving victory in ministry. His focus is to reach and train more Internationals for Christ. Through God’s sovereignty, he is now Director of Prayer and International Ministries here at Mission Hill Church.
Zak has been married to Heather since 2010 and God has blessed them with two sons named Daniel and David.
Jeremy Dame // Director of Facilities
Jeremy Dame was born in Narragansett, RI. He was blessed to be born into a strong Christian family in which his grandfather was the founding pastor of his church. At the age of 7 while attending a Christian camp he asked Jesus to come into his life and save him. When he was a senior in high school he went on his first missions trip and felt God call him to full-time Christian service. After graduating high school he attended the Word of Life Bible Institute. When he finished his studies he traveled the country and world for seven years as part of a ministry team using music and drama to share the gospel to 10, of thousands of people. During one of these trips, he felt the Lord call him and his wife Joy to serve as missionaries with Word of Life in the country of France. After serving there for nearly 10 years the Lord called him back to the states due to some medical issues with family. In the summer of 2012, he joined the Word of Life team in Hudson Fl until in may of 2017 he followed Gods leading to join the staff at Mission Hill Church. Jeremy has been gifted in the areas of construction, design and technical production. He currently serves as Facilities Director and helps out with all things AVL Tech.
Jeremy (aka Yobud ) has been married to Joy since August 1998 and are blessed to have 3 boys Emmanuel, Gabriel, and Mickael.
Carol Grabill // Director of WEE World Preschool
Carol Grabill was born in Ocala, Florida, and moved to Tampa when she was 6 years old. Carol’s family were Charter members of Mission Hill Church, and it was here at the age of 8 that she recognized the need for a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Carol was baptized at Mission Hill Church and grew up in the church. She graduated from Florida State University and returned to Tampa, where she married Brad Grabill. Together they have two sons, Zachary and Ethan, and, most importantly – 4 grandchildren!
Carol began her ministry as a teacher at WEE World, our weekday preschool, and has served as Director of this ministry since 1982.