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.

Taylor Richardson

Next Generation Pastor/CrossPointe

A native of Franklin County, VA, Taylor previously pastored the students at Halesford Baptist Church for 6 years before coming to Franklin Heights in June 2022. Taylor is an alumnus of Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary where he received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in theological studies and religious education.  He married the love of his life Hailey Richardson on September 22, 2018 and she has been faithfully serving by his side ever since. Taylor serves as the Next Generation Pastor at the CrossPointe Campus, overseeing KidzPointe and Students. He has a passion for sharing the gospel and seeing students grow in their faith.

His favorite verse of scripture is John 8:36 “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Taylor loves spending time with students and enjoys reading and coffee.

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.

Timmy Williamson

Pastor of Praise & Worship

In October 2021, Timmy Williamson was called to be Pastor of Praise & Worship at Franklin Heights Church. He is a Virginia native, having grown up in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Timmy attended Liberty University where he earned a B.S. in Music and Worship and B.A. in Theatre Arts. While serving as Director of Communication for the Liberty University School of Music, he completed his M.A. in Music and Worship. He loves producing services, concerts, and other musical events.
Timmy is thankful to be joining a great team at FHC and looks forward to all that God will do! Romans 10:9

Dee White

Office Manager & Communications Director

A native of Franklin County, Dee joined the staff in 2015 and serves as Office Manager and Communications Director. She earned a B.Ed. in English Education from Liberty University and an M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies at Wheaton College. She enjoys serving as the pianist in the Praise & Worship Ministry at the Rocky Mount Campus.

Dee and her husband, Ernie, live in Boones Mill and are blessed to be the parents of their daughter, Julia.

Ben Vestal

Worship Leader - CrossPointe Campus

Ben has been the Worship Leader at the CrossPointe Campus since 2020. Currently living in Lynchburg, VA, he and his wife, Meghan, are in the process of adopting a child from India. Ben earned a BS degree in Religion from Liberty University. He loves to create unifying, God-honoring worship environments that encourage and inspire. His life verse is James 4:7. “Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Michael Balos

Worship Leader - Union Hall Campus/Intern

Michael has spent the majority of his life in Wasilla, Alaska, and is now studying at Liberty University, where he is earning a B.S. in Pastoral Leadership. In March 2022, he started as Worship Leader of the Union Hall Campus and is now serving as a full-time intern for Franklin Heights Church.