Reverend Sally Bevill has been an ordained minister in the Methodist church for 31 years. Sally is a graduate of Millsaps College where she received her BA in Voice performance. After serving three summers as a missions volunteer in La Paz, Bolivia; Reverend Bevill attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she graduated with honors and received  her Masters of Divinity. For ten years Reverend Bevill served as a Domestic missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries. As a missionary assigned to the MS Conference, Reverend Bevill served as the director of Hispanic Ministries, created and developed the Trinity Mission Center in Forest, MS and co-founded The Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance.

     After Hurricane Katrina, Reverend Bevill moved to the Gulf Coast to work with the Hispanic community and to help in the recovery efforts. She founded the non-profit organization El Pueblo/Project Safe Space, a ministry for immigrants and other vulnerable groups such as the residentially challenged. As the director of El Pueblo/Project Safe Space, Reverend Bevill became a Board of Immigration Appeals Immigration Specialist, an ESL teacher, and a grant writer. Her work with immigrants and the homeless community, as well as her passion for social justice and advocacy, have made her the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. She continues to serve as an immigration law consultant and spends her energy fighting for equality and justice, while preaching and teaching the love and compassion of Christ.

     She has served in local churches along the way including Vicksburg, Hernando, D'Iberville, Ridgeland, Jackson, Biloxi, and Lewisburg. Sally loves to preach, teach, sing, and laugh. Sally has three children: Sara, Andrew, and Anna Del Castillo.

They are her greatest joy and blessing!

Sally is married to Todd Eman who works in sales for Nestle USA.

Darla purvis

financial secretary

     Darla serves as our Financial Secretary and has been apart of the PUMC team for two years. Prior to joining our staff, she worked for Southern Eye Center as an accounting/human resources coordinator for 17 years.

     She has been married to Edward Purvis for 18 years and they have one son, Gunnar who is 15.

Dr. Mark malone

worship accompanist

     Dr. Mark Hugh Malone is a veteran music educator with over 46 years of classroom experience in a variety of settings with students of all ages. He has been a frequent presenter at the National Association for Music Education National Convention, Mississippi Music Educators, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, Mississippi Whole Schools Summer and Winter Institutes, choral clinics for students and conductors, as well as organizer of professional development workshops for teachers. Dr. Malone has experience in elementary and high school music programs, was choral director at Pearl River Community College (MS), and was most recently Visiting Professor of Music Education at The University of Southern Mississippi.

     An expert in Sight-Reading, Dr. Malone has written sight-singing materials for several states, presented workshops for students, and offered pedagogical insights through professional development for teachers. He serves as liaison with Festival Music Press for Middle Schools and High Schools in Mississippi to promote exercises for adjudicated assessment of music performance.

     As an education consultant and private contractor, Dr. Malone has published a series of arts-integration curricula that include:

  • The Mississippi Blues Trail and Beyond (2013) for the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)
  • Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Journey (2017) for MAC
  • Footprints in the Dust: The Natchez Trace (2019) for MAC
  • Mississippi History Curricula for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson (2020)
  • The Rabbit Foot Minstrels for the Mississippi Cultural Crossroads of Port Gibson (2020)

     Three new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curricula are currently in-progress in 2021:

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority: Electric Power for All for MAC
  • Hurricane Camille: The Catastrophe on the Gulf Coast for MAC
  • The Great Mississippi Delta Flood of 1927 for MAC

     Dr. Malone's manuscript, "William Dawson: American Music Educator (The Path of Peaceful Persistence)" has been accepted for publication and is expected to be printed in late 2021.

     Mark Malone is married to Dr. Patricia Sharpe Malone, principal oboe in the Mobile (AL) Symphony Orchestra and Meridian (MS) Symphony Orchestra. The Malones have two children: Dr. Meagan Malone of Atlanta, Drew Malone of Hattiesburg, and one grandchild, Kalliope Malone of Hattiesburg.

Derek meler

minister of music

     Derek Meler is an accomplished performer, conductor and recording artist and was based out of Nashville Tennessee for the past 20 years. He and his wife Brianna have recently relocated to Hattiesburg where Derek will attend graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi. He will concentrate his studies on choral conducting and vocal performance.

     Derek has performed internationally and has been a featured vocalist with groups such as the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, Opera Naples and the Washington National Cathedral.  He is the director of Ben Speer’s Stamps-Baxter School of Music and serves as president of the Tennessee State Gospel Singing Convention. His voice can be heard on Dove award winning albums by artists such as Ernie Haase and Signature Sound and Janet Paschal.

     Derek’s love of God and worship is at the center of everything he does. He is excited to begin a new chapter in Hattiesburg and grow with the family of God at Purvis United Methodist Church. 

Adrienne pylant

children's director

     Adrienne serves as PUMC's director of children's ministries. She oversees the nursery, preschoolers, children, and tweens and manages children's church, Sunday school, Wednesday night activities, acolytes, VBS, and the planning of special events.

     Adrienne has one child, Rowan.

     She enjoys spending time with her son, family, and loves outdoor adventures.

     Children are the light of the world, our hope for the future and it's always brought Adrienne such joy getting to work with them. She believes that the arts, sunshine, adventure, outdoor play, recognizing things to be thankful for in God's creation, and knowing that Jesus loves them are a few important things she tries to emphasize within her ministries.

Ashley herrin

nursery coordinator

     Ashley Herrin serves as our loving nursery coordinator. Ashley is married to Roger Herrin, and has three adult children with grandbabies on the way! She has always had a heart and  passion for children and feels blessed to be serving Christ by caring for the babies at Purvis United Methodist Church. Ashley always looks forward to meeting your precious children! She's always available if you have questions or concerns.

April brewer

youth director

     April Brewer has been a member of Purvis United Methodist Church since 2011. She was on the team that developed, planned, and implemented PUMC’s Tweens program. April Served as the Tweens leader from its start in 2012 until November of 2020. April is now the Youth Director at Purvis United Methodist Church. April is married to Donnie Barksdale and has seven wonderful children and two grandchildren. April has worked with children, youth, and families for over 20 years. April started her career with children as a substitute/Assistance teacher for the Wayne County School District in 1998. April received her Associates degree of Arts in Education from Jones County College and her bachelor’s degree from

University of Southern Mississippi. She then taught in the Wayne County Public school system for 5 years until she received her Psychology degree in Child and Family Counseling from the University of Southern

Mississippi. After obtaining her Psychology degree April worked for the Child Advocacy Centers of Mississippi as a forensic interviewer and Child Advocate. April was the programs director for the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. During her time at the Center for Prevention of Child Abuse she was a counselor, child victim advocate, family counselor, parenting class and co-parenting class instructor, and child forensic interviewer. April has been employed at the Mississippi Department of Education since 2011. April works with troubled youth and their families. April is also the State School Attendance Officer. April has worked with family and Youth Court since 2005.

     April is very passionate about education, helping others, and advocating for those with out a voice. April feels that it is the churches responsibility to love and help all in its community and abroad. April has worked as a volunteer throughout her life and encourages her children and youth to do the same. April has volunteered at The Shafer’s Crisis Center (hot line counselor; sexual assault victim advocate and counselor), Women’s Domestic Abuse Shelter, L.I.F.E. of South Mississippi (case manager), ARC of South Mississippi, and United Way of South Mississippi. April was a member of the National Exchange Club

since 2008-2016.

     April’s favorite quote of John Wesley is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, In all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” She hopes and prays that she lives up to this example of God’s love, grace, and Mercy.

Tico reeves

communications director & sanitation coordinator

     As a member of Purvis UMC staff, Tico manages the custodial services and maintains the communications platforms.