Joseph C. Parker, Jr., Esq., D. Min., a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is the Senior Pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. He has been described as “called by God, shaped by experience, a man of action, and a Renaissance man.”
Prior to being called as Pastor in September 1992, starting in 1982, he served as a minister at David Chapel and from 1984 – 1992 as Associate Pastor for Christian Education. Since 1983, he has been licensed to practice law in the Texas and federal courts, and practiced as a trial attorney and mediator.
He has taught preaching at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Advanced Civil Litigation in Trial Advocacy at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He has served on several committees of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, currently serving on its Executive Board and on the Baptist Standard newsmagazine board.
He has also written articles for the Baptist Standard, on-line Smyth & Helwys Uniform Series Bible Study and Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics journal. His first book, Holy Change: A Systemic Approach to Transforming A Community, was published in 2008.
Pastor Parker graduated with a B.A. from Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia) and received his Masters in Public Administration at the University of Georgia in Athens. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin where he was selected as a member of the Order of Barristers (one of the top ten graduating students in trial advocacy). He received his Masters of Divinity (magna cum laude honors) from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where he has served as the first alumnus and African American chairman of the Board of Advisors. In 2004, he was selected as the first “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” of the Truett Seminary. He received his Doctorate of Ministry degree in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pastor Parker has been married to J. Laverne Morris-Parker since 1976 and they have three daughters – Jessica, Jennifer, and Janetta.
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