Leadership Team

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Meet our leadership

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Executive Leadership Team

Peter Grant - Lead Pastor

Peter Grant moved to Lakeland in 2012 after spending 11 years as the youth pastor of Mikado Baptist Church in Macon, GA. Since 2015 he has served as Parkway's Lead Pastor. Peter and his wife Natalie have been married since June of 2002. They are blessed with two awesome girls – Bailee and Brooklyn. The Grants are excited about what God is doing at Parkway and in the community of Lakeland.

Scott Smith - Worship & Youth

Scott Smith joined the team at Parkway in 2015. Scott leads our worship ministry and works with the teens at Parkway. Scott is married to his wife, Abby, and has two little boys, Trey and Cole. Scott enjoys fishing, golfing, and anything Atlanta Braves or Georgia Tech.

Michael Battle - Finance Director

Michael Battle joined the Parkway Baptist Church leadership team in 2017 as the kids ministry director. In August of 2021, Michael transitioned to be the finance director of Parkway Baptist Church and Parkway Christian Academy. Michael is married to his beautiful wife Amber, and together they have a daughter, Annaleigh, and two sons, Brooks and Jude. They enjoy spending time with family at the park, going to Disney, watching football, and playing Catan.

Jeff Shuler - Facilities Director

Jeff Shuler became Facilities Director at Parkway in 2021. Jeff helps with the stewardship and management of Parkway’s buildings and assets. Jeff is married to Tanya and has two daughters at home, Madison and Maryssa, as well as two married sons, Jeffrey (Kayla) and Klay (Melissa). 

Rachel Guiel - School Administrator

Rachel Guiel serves as the Lead Principal for Parkway Christian Academy. She loves investing in her school faculty and staff as they make PCA the best school experience in Lakeland! She has two beautiful girls, Bella (9) and Alyssa (7). Her husband Scott is an upper school history teacher at Berkeley Collegiate. Their family loves their husky puppy Milo and going to Disney World anytime they can. Rachel loves a great cup of coffee, Denver Broncos football and shopping!

Church Staff

Brad Brown - Children's Ministry Director

Brad Brown joined the Parkway Baptist Church leadership team this year, 2021 as the Children's Ministry Director. Brad and Danyle are happily married with 3 beautiful children, Delaney, Braxton, and Bayley. Along with serving Parkway Baptist Church Brad also is an associate missionary with Kids’ Ark International youth camp. Kids’ Ark is an exciting youth camp ministry located in the rain forest of central Honduras. In their free time the Brown family loves swimming, traveling, and trying new restaurants. Brad loves to play disc golf whenever he gets a chance. 

Malchijah Merrill - Creative Director

Malchijah Merrill serves as the creative director at Parkway and strives to produce high-quality visuals. Although he and his wife, Cora, were previously involved in the ministry at Parkway, Malchijah officially joined the team in the fall of 2021. When he isn’t working on a design project, Malchijah enjoys traveling, singing, and trying new foods. 

Support Staff

Lauren Halbesma - Church Receptionist

Kandise Burwick - Nursery Coordinator

Cassandra Franklin - Nursery Coordinator

Ricky Pagod - Facilities

Frank Pepitone - Maintenance