How Do You Follow Jesus In Your Sphere Of Influence?

Special Guest Speakers March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5
12 pm | St. Paul East Campus

Join us each Wednesday for lunch and a lenten reflection from our community leaders.

Schedule of Speakers

March 8th

Mrs. Joey Conwill

Mrs. Joey Conwill

Joey Conwill

Joey is the daughter of Joe and Clare Hans of Ocean Springs. Joey graduated from Moss Point High School. She and her husband George Conwill live in Ocean Springs and have four sons. Joey attended Miss State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fitness Management and Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. She is currently the Wellness Director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blossman YMCA. She and her family are members of St Paul United Methodist Church.

Current CIVIC Leadership and Involvement: Ocean Springs Economic Development Council – Current Board Member Duchess Club of Ocean Springs – Executive Board Bacot McCarty, Volunteer Let’s Go Gulf Coast Youth Heath Coalition - Current Board member

Past CIVIC Leadership and Involvement:
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, Board Member -Chamber President, 2012 Ocean Springs Athletic Association Ocean Springs Educational Foundation Graduate of Leadership Jackson County, 2011 Mary C. O’Keefe Chocolate Ball Chairman, 2013 Life Member, Junior Auxiliary Ronald McDonald House, Volunteer


March 15

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Bobby Cox

Alderman, City of Ocean Springs
Robert “Bobby” Cox Jr. is 47 yrs old native of Ocean Springs. He and his wife Lori have three children; Darren Cox, Anslee Harris and Evan Harris. Cox is a lifelong member of St. Alphonsas Catholic Church. Cox graduated from OSHS in 1988 and attended Barber School at Hinds Community College. For the past 28 years Cox has worked at, operated and owned Cox’s Barber Shop, which was started by his father 56yrs ago. Cox has served as Alderman At Large since 2011. He has also served as Mayor pro tem and currently serves on several committees: finance, H.R., Insurance and Peer review -Member and serves on the board of directors at The Mary C Okeefe -Member of OSYC -Member OS Chamber of Commerce.


March 22

Bonita Coleman, PhD

Bonita Coleman, PhD

Dr. Bonita Coleman

Dr. Coleman was named Superintendent of Ocean Springs School District on June 11, 2012, by the Ocean Springs School District Board of Education. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Coleman served as Deputy Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland’s second largest school and the 18th largest system in the nation. During her tenure there, she focused her energies championing rigorous and ambitious learning opportunities for students, informative evaluative systems for teachers and administrators and data based decision making that includes all sectors of the school community.

Previously, Dr. Coleman served as Deputy Superintendent for Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi, a district with more than 32,000 students and 59 schools. In this role, she guided all instruction-related functions, including the development, implementation and evaluation of the district’s curriculum, accountability and assessment programs and the effective operation of the district’s schools. In addition, Dr. Coleman served in the Mississippi Department of Education as Associate State Superintendent for Office of Academic Education and as Bureau Director in the Office of Reading, Early Childhood and Language Arts. Dr. Coleman has 20+ years in public education that includes service as a teacher and a college professor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Secondary Education from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Mississippi, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Jackson State University. Dr. Coleman enjoys reading, jazz music and spending time with family and friends.


March 29

Rob Kirkland, CEO

Rob Kirkland was born and raised in South Alabama. He is the oldest of three sons of a Southern Baptist Minister. Rob has been married to Holly for 20 years and they have four sons. Rob has worked in the YMCA for 22 years and currently serves as the CEO for the MS Gulf Coast YMCA. In his free time Rob enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, fishing and hunting. Rob's other experience include;

· 7 years CEO at Legacy YMCA in Birmingham, AL area

· 7 years CEO at Monroeville YMCA in Monroeville, AL

· 3 years Branch Executive at Wetumpka YMCA in Montgomery, AL

· 2 year Program Director at Greensburg YMCA in Pittsburg, PA

· 2 years Program Director at Grand Rapids YMCA in Grand Rapids, MI

· Part-time at Brewton YMCA while in college in Brewton, AL

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April 5th

Mike Ezell

Jackson County Sheriff
I am a life long resident of Jackson county. My wife Suzette Hall Ezell and I have been married for 22 years. We have one daughter, Amy Ezell Dennis and one granddaughter, Sydney Dennis of Brandon, MS. I am an active member of First Baptist Church of Pascagoula.

During my thirty-five years of professional law enforcement, I have attended numerous training seminars which included leadership, management, civil liability, criminal investigation, traffic investigation, police motorcycle training and narcotics commander training. During my career I have held many titles, all the while learning as much I could about my field as a professional law enforcement officer.

I am a graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, a Graduate of the FBI National Academy and I've earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi.

I worked my way up to Captain of Detectives during my 21 years at the Pascagoula Police Department and went on to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Ocean Springs. The FBI placed me on their FBI Safe Streets Task Force. and as Chief of Law Enforcement for the Pascagoula School system, I helped put systems in place to protect our children while they learn.