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BCF Press Release



June 5, 2015

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BCF Vice President for Development Charles R. Parker receives the Honorary Doctorate of Christian Letters degree.

Charles R. Parker, Sr., of Graceville, Florida was recently awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Christian Letters during the Spring 2015 Graduation ceremony held at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) where he serves as the Vice President for Development. The doctorate was presented by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, with all of the rights, privileges and honors accompanying doctoral recipients.

The high-level academic recognition was no surprise to anyone who knows Parker since he has sacrificially given his life to Christian service starting as a yong man. While a student at Mercer University in the early 60s, Parker served as the pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Rebecca where he and his wife, Betty, and their son Roy lived and made lifelong friendships.

After graduating with a BA from Mercer University, Parker and his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where he received his M.Div. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Following graduation, Parker was called to serve as pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Tifton, Georgia where his family increased adding two daughters, Gena and Christy.

Parker then answered God’s call to be a Navy Chaplain with his first tour of duty in Vietnam. After Vietnam, Parker continued to serve faithfully as a Navy Chaplain for 30 years, with his tremendously supportive family by his side. Parker served in Japan, Iceland, Paris Island, as well as onboard numerous Naval ships and assigned to Military bases throughout the United States. Chaplain Parker retired as a Captain (O6) with a Purple Heart for combat injuries, Meritorious Service Medal, Naval Commendation Medal w/Combat V (2 awards), Combat Action Medal, and 9 unit and area ribbons.

After retiring from a successful and meaningful career in the Navy, highly decorated Parker assumed a position with Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia for 10 years. Recruited by Kinchen, Parker began working at BCF twelve years ago as the Vice President for Development. “I love going to work every day because I believe in the school and the trademark, ‘Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®’,” stated Parker. “Every student that graduates from The Baptist College of Florida leaves knowing the Word of God.”

In addition to the doctorate from BCF for exemplary Christian service and achievements, this distinguished war veteran holds a master’s degree in business from Thomas University and a masters in counseling from Troy University.

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