Meet our leadership.
Dr. Mike Wells - Senior Pastor
Dr. Mike Wells received the Lord as his Saviour on July 24, 1979. He surrendered to preach in 1982. After graduating from Bible college, he served 10 years as an assistant pastor and youth director at International Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York and Central Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. During those 10 years, both churches grew to have the largest independent Baptist youth departments in their states.
In 1994, he became the pastor of Union City Baptist Temple in Union City, Tennessee. This church experienced tremendous growth.
In 1998, the Wells family entered into the ministry of evangelism. For the next 12 years, Dr. Wells and his family traveled America conducting local church revivals and conferences. It was during these years that the Wells family began to be used of the Lord to strengthen many churches.
Dr. Wells became known as “The Pastor’s Friend.” It was also during this time that God opened doors for Dr. Wells to begin the Soul Winning Leadership Conferences in Southeast Asia. Through these conferences, and the training of soul winners, hundreds of thousands have been saved and thousands have surrendered to the ministry. He has assisted in starting over 150 churches and three Bible colleges.
In 2010, the Wells family moved to Texas, where Dr. Wells assumed the position as pastor of Parkside Baptist Church. The Lord continues to bless our church under his leadership.
Dr. Wells has been married to Sylvia for 35 years. All of their children and their spouses are faithfully serving the Lord through their local church. Jonathan, is married to Heather. Joshua, is married to Mindy and they have three children, Andrew, Elijah, and Abigail. Jared, is married to Debbie and they have one child, Emmalynn. Rebekah is serving at a church in North Carolina.
Dr. Jack Bachman - Assistant Pastor
After graduating from Hyles-Anderson College, Dr. Jack Bachman served for 14 years as an Assistant Pastor in Iowa and Indiana. During those years he also helped to start Baptist College of America, authored Teens In Transition, and started and directed a nation-wide soul winning ministry for teens called SWAT Youth Ministries.
He then served as the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee for nearly a decade. In 2017, he moved to Mesquite, Texas to become an Assistant Pastor at Parkside Baptist Church and the Vice-President of Lone Star Baptist College. He has traveled across the nation and in many foreign countries preaching in many conferences, camps, and churches for nearly 30 years. He and his wife Robyn have two sons, Ryan and Jordan.
Mark Butler - Assistant Pastor
After Graduating from Hyles-Anderson College, Bro. Butler moved to San Antonio, Texas to accept the position of Assistant Pastor at Freedom Baptist Church.
While working in that position, God used him in all aspects of the ministry. In May of 2004, Bro. Butler accepted the call of the pastorate for Grace Baptist Church in New Mexico. He pastored there from 2004-2010. After pastoring for 6 years, God moved his family to Parkside Baptist Church in Mesquite TX.
After moving to Mesquite, he accepted the position of Assistant Pastor.
Bro. Butler presently is the principal of Parkside Baptist Academy and is over many other ministries. He and his wife, Maggie, have three sons, Mark, Daniel and David.
Kevin Craig - Assistant Pastor
Bro. Craig attended Texas Baptist College in Longview, TX where he met his wife, Danielle, and they both graduated in May of 2002. After graduation, Bro. Craig went on staff as an Assistant Pastor at a church in Tyler, TX where he served as Youth Pastor and Bus Director, among other responsibilities, for five years. During his tenure in Tyler, he and his wife were married in June of 2004.
In September of 2007, Bro. Craig and his wife moved to Georgia to help a friend in a church and eventually became a part of the staff. While on staff, he served as Music Director and Financial Secretary, as well as serving in other capacities in the church. After three years, the Craig’s moved to Mesquite, TX to join his former pastor, Dr. Mike Wells, and to be a part of the church.
In October of 2012, God blessed Kevin and Danielle with one son - Samuel. After serving for several years in our church, God opened up the door for him to come on staff as an Assistant Pastor in December of 2014. He serves as the Senior Saints Director, assists in Lone Star Baptist College, and oversees other various ministries in the church. His wife serves as Nursery Coordinator and assists him where needed.
Dr. Kacy Palmore - Assistant Pastor
Dr. Kacy Palmore began attending Parkside Baptist Church in 1981 at the age of six. His parents were led to the Lord by our founding pastor, Dr. Martin May. He received Christ as his Saviour on August 9, 1987 and was led to Christ by his father. He grew up as a child and a teen serving in various ministries of the church and began attending Parkside Baptist Academy in its inaugural year. In 1998, he married his wife, Lacey – who also grew up at Parkside Baptist Church.
Dr. Palmore is a graduate of Lone Star Baptist College from which he has three earned degrees: Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Theology, Master of Ministry, and Doctorate of Ministry.
Dr. Palmore came on our pastoral staff in 2003 and has served in various capacities over the years. Currently, his main duties are music director and business administrator. Mrs. Palmore is heavily involved in the music department of Parkside Baptist Church and is also an avid songwriter. Dr. & Mrs. Palmore have five children. Jaclyn is presently enrolled as a student at Lone Star Baptist College and is active in the music department and in the bus ministry of Parkside Baptist Church. Sean is in High School at Parkside Baptist Academy and serves in the music department, bus ministry, and media department. Their three youngest children – Jessica, Eric, and Colton – are actively learning and growing in the music department and various other aspects of the church ministries.
Jonathan Wells - Assistant Pastor
Jonathan Wells is the oldest son to Pastor and Mrs. Wells. He received Christ as his Savior when he was 12 years old. In 2004, Jonathan and his brother began traveling as child evangelists to conduct meetings at churches around the country.
Jonathan moved with his family to Parkside Baptist Church in 2010. In September of 2010, Jonathan married Heather. He joined the staff of Parkside in 2011, and is presently serving as the youth pastor and media director. They have one child, Hallie.
Jonathan is a graduate of Lone Star Baptist College from which he received the Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Theology.
Joshua Wells - Assistant Pastor
Joshua Wells is the second oldest son to Pastor and Mrs. Wells. He received Christ as his Savior when he was 15 years old. At the age of 15, in 2004, Joshua began traveling with Jonathan as a child evangelist to conduct meetings at churches around the country.
Joshua moved with his family to Parkside Baptist Church in 2010. In June of 2014, Joshua married Mindy. He joined the staff of Parkside in 2015, and is presently serving as the children’s pastor and bus director. He and his wife serve in many areas of the church. They presently have three children, Andrew, Eli, and Abigail.
Joshua is a graduate of Lone Star Baptist College from which he received the Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Theology.
Duey Whitfield - Spanish Pastor
As a business man, Bro. Whitfield was faithfully serving in the local Church where he would later be called to preach. After graduating from Bible College, Bro. Whitfield and his family began the process of helping local Churches reach their Spanish Speaking communities.
After helping many Churches open their doors to reach these precious people, and seeking the will of God for the next work, God lead Bro Whitfield and his family to serve at Parkside Baptist Church in July of 2016.
Currently, Bro. Whitfield, his wife Melissa, and their son Grant are serving the Spanish Speaking population in the Mesquite and surrounding areas under the leadership of Pastor Wells and the Parkside Baptist Church.