Stan Parris

Senior Pastor

Previously the Senior Pastor of Vansant Baptist Church for more than 12 years, Dr. Stan Parris has been the Senior Pastor of Franklin Heights Church since 2008. A native of Waynesville, North Carolina, he earned a BA degree from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Pastor Stan and his wife, Susan, are proud parents to sons, Briggs and Glenn.

Bobby Young

Campus Pastor | Rocky Mount

Bobby and his wife, Mary have been attending Franklin Heights since 2006. A native of Penhook, Bobby was called by the Church in September 2013 to serve on the Ministry Staff. In addition to serving as Campus Pastor of the Rocky Mount campus, Bobby oversees the areas of Discipleship, Senior Adults, and Men’s Ministry at Franklin Heights. He and Mary have six children—Madison, Kennedy, Justin, Kaleb, Kaiden, and Karleigh. Bobby loves helping people grow in their faith and get connected with the body of Christ at FHC.

His life verse from the Bible is Romans 12:1-2. “After presenting all God has done for us in the first 11 chapters of Romans, isn’t this a reasonable way to respond?” he asks. “As such, I want to give God all of my life.”

Bobby Canipe

Student Pastor | Rocky Mount

A native of Portsmouth, VA, Bobby and his wife Dell have been serving in student ministry for more than 18 years. An alumnus of Liberty University, God called Bobby into Student Ministry in the fall of 1992. In August, 2013, Franklin Heights called Bobby to assume the role of Student Pastor. His primary areas of responsibility are the students at all campuses of Franklin Heights Church and the unreached students in Franklin County. Bobby and Dell are the parents of two young adults—Robby and Kristen.

His favorite verse of scripture is Joshua 1:9. Bobby loves spending quality time in meaningful conversations with students that inspire life transformation and passionate living for God!

Deke Andrews

Campus Pastor | CrossPointe

Deke Andrews came to serve as the Interim Campus Pastor at CrossPointe in June 2018 and assumed the full time time duties of Campus Pastor in March 2019. He had been serving as the Connect Group Coordinator at CrossPointe since June 2017. He previously served as the Head of School at Christian Heritage Academy in Rocky Mount.

Deke and his wife, Boo, live on Smith Mountain Lake where they have had a varied and active ministry over the past 20 years. They have seven children, Betty Ashton, Deacon, Braydon, Britton, Jackson, Jordon, Jiewon and twelve grandchildren. They have been attending CrossPointe Church since its doors opened.

Bobby Mead

Student Pastor | CrossPointe

Bobby came to serve as Student Pastor at Franklin Heights’ CrossPointe Campus in August, 2017. He is an alumni of Liberty University. He has served previously in Student Ministry at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia and with North American Mission Board for Church Planting in Chicago. His primary responsibilities are leading the Student Ministry at the CrossPointe Campus, College and Young Adult Ministry, as well as outreach into the Franklin County area.
Bobby married the love of his life, Kristen, in September 2017. His life verses are Matthew 6:33-34.


Bruce Hall, Jr

Next Generation Pastor

Bruce began to serve at Franklin Heights Church in March of 2019.  He earned a B.S. from Liberty University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. from Liberty University.  He serves as our Next Generation (birth-5th grade) and Missions Pastor.  Bruce has a wide variety of ministry experience including children, music, youth, discipleship, and outreach.

He and his lovely wife, Tracy, are proud parents of their son Tatum. Bruce’s life verse is John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”



Mark Long

Campus Pastor | Union Hall

A native of North Carolina, Mark graduated from Wake Forest University in 1983 and Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1986. He has also earned credits toward a MA in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Mark’s rich ministry background includes 22 years of service at First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA, where he most recently served as Senior Associate Pastor. He also worked in the areas of discipleship, assimilation, and family ministry, as well as evangelism, preaching, and mentoring. In addition to serving as Campus Pastor at the Union Hall campus, he will also lead in the area of local ministries, including Love Franklin County, for all campuses. He loves to disciple and equip believers in order to engage them in mission opportunities both locally and internationally. Throughout his ministry Mark has held fast to the promise found in Proverbs 3:5-6.

Mark and his wife Nancy have four adult children; Katie (and husband, Cale), Daniel, Luke, and Courtney. An avid sports fan, he also enjoys time on the lake with family and friends.