Central Christian Church

Ministry Staff 

Willie Purdee began serving as Senior Minister at Central Christian Church in October of 2014.  Before taking the helm at Central, he was the Director of the KYOWVA Evangelistic Association for four years.  Willie also served as minister at the Guyandotte Church of Christ in Huntington, West Virginia for 12 years.  In addition, he has held ministry positions in both Virginia and Kentucky.  Willie received his Bachelor's degree from Kentucky Christian University in 1992 and his Master's degree from Johnson University in 2008.

Willie and his wife Angie (Nida) have been married for over 25 years.  Angie has been an RN for over 20 years and is currently teaching classes at Collins Career Center.  The Purdees have two children, Bethany and Jared.  Bethany graduated nursing school in May of 2014 and is employed as an RN at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.  Jared graduated from high school and is a graduate of the LPN program at Collins Career Center.  He also enjoys preaching and leading worship.  The family currently resides in South Point, Ohio.

Willie loves running, spending time with his family, and reading Louis L'Amour books.  When he and Angie have a chance to get away, they enjoy spending time in Hilton Head, SC and Holmes County, OH


Jim Williams, a Timothy of Central Christian Church, returned to serve as Preaching Minister in 2007. Since 2009, Jim has worked full-time for Ironton City Schools and has functioned as Central Christian's Administrative Minister, where his duties have also included teaching and preaching.

Jim holds undergraduate degrees from both Kentucky Christian University and Ohio University, as well as a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from OU. He has previously served in ministries and school administrative positions in McConnelsville and Orrville, Ohio. He is married to Ronda, and they have two adult children, Jonathan and


Taylor Parnell serves as the Children's  Ministry Director for youth, fifth grade and  under. She is a lifelong member of Central  Christian Church and a graduate of Ironton   High School. She holds a B.S. in Human  Development Family Science and a Master's  degree in Middle Childhood Education, both  from The Ohio State University.

 Taylor has enjoyed working with and teaching  the youth of the church since she was a  teenager and is thrilled to be back at her home  church (since college) ministering to them.  Although she taught Middle School Science for  two years, Taylor now stays at home with her three children, Tara, Mason, and Micah. She is married to TJ, who also helps with the children's ministry as a 4th - 6th grade small group leader.

Jared Purdee joined Central Christian Church in 2014 when he also graduated high school and received his Diploma of Biblical Studies from Summit Theological Seminary. The year following, he attended Collins Career Center to receive his Licensed Practical Nursing Degree.

Jared also completed an internship with the Millwood Church of Christ with a focus on youth ministry, worship, and leadership. In 2016, Jared left his job as a nurse at Wyngate at River's Edge in Proctorville, OH to join the ministry team at Central and continue pursuing
his passion for ministry.       

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