Rev. Tim Sisk is the lead pastor at Purvis and Talowah UMC.
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 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 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 serves as PUMC's, Director of Children’s Ministries. She oversees the nursery, preschoolers, children, and tweens. Adrienne manages children's church during Sunday worship service, Sunday school, Wednesday night activities, acolytes, and is in charge of planning VBS, retreats, fundraisers and other special events.
Adrienne is blessed with one child, Rowan Graham. She enjoys spending time and playing outside with him and her family on the weekends. Adrienne’s mother, Sarah, and her family, have been members at PUMC for almost 60 years. Adrienne, grew up in Purvis and has been a member of the PUMC church family for 39 years. She works full time at, Pylant’s Ace Hardware where she has worked since her childhood and is now Vice-President of the third generation, family owned business. She graduated from Purvis High School in 2002, attended Pearl River Community College on leadership and dance scholarships for two years, from there she went to, The University Of Southern Mississippi where she studied English literature and History and was a member of the Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega sorority. Adrienne, currently, volunteers her time being sponsor of the community service group, The Purvis Juniorettes, which is a part of The Purvis Woman’s Club and The GFWC-Mississippi Federation of Women's Clubs where she has been a member for years.
Adrienne believes that children are the light of this world and the hope for our future! It’s always brought her such joy getting to work with kids. The arts, adventure, being hopeful, enjoying the outdoors, recognizing the small things, practicing gratitude, humbleness, God's beautiful creation, community service, importance of prayer, and knowing that Jesus loves you are just a few of the meaningful teachings she instills within her children’s ministries at PUMC.
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 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
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.
As a member of Purvis UMC staff, Tico manages the custodial services and maintains the communications platforms.