Dr. Tinney Parrish has served as our Pastor since 2009. With over 25 years of pastoral experience, he pastored churches in Maryland and North Carolina before moving here to Norfolk. Pastor Tinney earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Mayland, Baltimore County and his M. Div. and D. Min. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
Traveling, reading, golf and enjoying good coffee are among his favorite pastimes. He’s a devoted fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. During spare time you can usually find him playing a round of golf, walking or reading in one of our many lovely local parks, or spending the day at the beach enjoying the salt air and the sound of the waves.
Pastor Tinney and his wife Michelle were high school sweethearts and have been married forever (well, at least since 1979). They have two married children, Amy and Andrew and four grandchildren, Len, Stephen, Penny, and Maddie. The Parrish Family has fallen in love with our beautiful Ghent community and live just a few blocks from our church.
Born in Washington D.C., Patsy and her family moved to Norfolk when she was just 2 years old. She has degrees from Washington Bible College in Washington D.C. and Old Dominion University. Patsy spent 7 years teaching at South Norfolk Christian School (now Cornerstone Christian School) in Chesapeake and 28 years teaching at Norfolk Christian Academy. Patsy and her husband, Tom, have been members at Central since 2006. She loves to scrapbook and her favorite scripture verses are: Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 30:15, Psalm 32:8, and Ephesians 2:8-10.