Our Mission & Vision



The mission of Jennings United Methodist Church is that we are a warm, loving, and accepting community of believers who strive to serve others in the example of Christ through Worship, instruction and loving outreach.



Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

                                        Walter Parker, Jr., Pastor

  Rev. Walter L Parker, Jr. was born in Ponchatoula, LA and graduated high school there, then attended college at Southeastern University in music and then attended the University of Alabama where he completed a degree in Business administration. After 13 years in the field of finance he attended Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas, TX and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1994. He has served churches since 1990 across Louisiana and has been a pastor at the Jennings United Methodist Church since June 2011. Married to Shirley Parker since 1970 and they have two children and four grandchildren.  


                                  Sarah Crochet, Worship Leader

Sarah Crochet was born in Ontario, OR and moved to Leesville, LA at the age of 4 when her father was assigned to active duty at Ft.Polk. She graduated from LeesvilleHigh School and attended McNeeseStateUniversity. Sarah graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In the winter of 2001, Sarah began her position of Worship Leader at JenningsUnitedMethodistChurch where she has served since. For nearly 6 years after graduating from MSU, she worked as an operating room nurse. After the birth of her fourth child, Sarah decided to stay home with her children. In the Fall of 2012, Sarah accepted the position of music teacher at her town’s elementary schools. She has been married to her husband, Joshua, since May of 2001. They share four children, two girls and two boys.

                                       Jacquie Prielipp, Organist



                               Crystal Benoit, Office Administrative

                                                  Youth Director

Crystal has been employed as the church office administrator for 10 years and has also been involved with the Youth Ministry of the Jennings United Methodist Church for 15 years now, she has been the Youth Director for the last 6 years, and has attended 12 Summer/Mission trips with the Youth of this church.  She also serves as the church secretary/bookkeeper; she also has attended the Perkins School of Theology for Youth Ministries in Dallas, TX. where she began the process of taking classes to get her certification in Youth Ministry .  She has been married to her husband, James Benoit for 25 years and they share two daughters Jade Conner & Alison Benoit. She has a one year granddaughter Aubrey Conner.

                      Kimberly Precht, Asst. Youth Ministry


                             Alice Boutte’, Children’s Ministry


                         Michael Boutte’, church custodian