Rev. Nance Hixon, Pastor
Nance Hixon is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He has pastored congregations in Mississippi since 2012, serving in Natchez and Sumrall before coming to Eastlawn. He loves the Bible and helping others bump into God's Spirit. Nance is married to Emily, and they have been blessed with two wonderful little girls, Noah and Sojourner (Jo). Nance is a proud LSU Tiger, though he doesn't judge (much), and an alum of Duke Divinity School. He is a lifelong nerd and enjoys reading and indoor rock climbing, but he doesn’t get to do the things he enjoys because of his two wonderful little girls.
Robert Weathersby, Lay pastor
Robert Weathersby is currently serving as lay pastor, and senior adult facilitator at Eastlawn. Robert grew up in Gulfport and attended Mississippi State University. Robert worked for 35 years in public education as a teacher, counselor, and principal. Robert is married to Carolyn, has two children, William Weathersby and Leslie Ryder, and three grand children, Michael, Maya, and Whitney. Robert enjoys music, reading, and running.
Lashunda Taulbee, Administrative Assistant
Lashunda has been employed with Eastlawn UMC since 1996 as Administrative Assistant (secretary/bookkeeper). She has been married to Davie Taulbee for 29 years and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She is a member of Wade Baptist Church and lives in Hurley, MS. Lashunda worked at 2 other churches in the area prior to coming to Eastlawn.
Adam Swedenburg, Children & Youth Ministries
Adam and his siblings were put into foster care at an early age. Adam and his brother Brad then got put into the home of Jeff Swedenburg. Jeff ended up adopting both of them in 2001. Adam gets his love for children and youth ministry from his dad, who was a youth pastor until he retired. Adam brings a lot of knowledge with him as he has had four years of experience in children and youth ministry and from watching his dad. Adam graduated from Coastal Alabama Community College in 2020 with his associate in health science and from Liberty University in 2021 with a bachelor in NextGen Ministry. Adam met his wife, Brandi, five years ago and the two of them have been married since 2021. Adam and Brandi plan to have kids in God’s timing and are in the process of becoming foster parents.