Scott ParkerState Director, Nevada
Born Type 1 Diabetes, Pastor Parker is the only person in his family who has not died young from the disease. Later in life he developed debilitating arthritis which has required 23 surgeries. And too, he’s been the lead pastor to a large church he helped plant 28 years ago which has brought its own tests and struggles. But Pastor Parker knows that challenges and difficulties is the stuff of life and, as Jesus Christ said in Matthew 19:26, “with God, all things are possible.” One stunning example is his life itself. From a young age he feared he wouldn’t live long enough to have a family, but Pastor Parker has been married to Eugenia for 37 years and the couple has four children and five grandchildren. He’s led a thriving, involved congregation of 1,200 for 28 years and met their needs, including overseeing the creation of 23 healing and support groups.
Pastor Parker loves interacting with people who are not yet connected to Christ and so he is undaunted by the Pew Research study that showed Nevada ranking third for the least-churched states in the nation. He’s begun by introducing legislators to the wisdom of God in Proverbs, and by sending weekly biblical truths in his “Modicum of Sense” communications. His first year he taught Ralph Drollinger’s Bible studies and next year will write and lead his own.
“My vision is to help people understand how relevant Jesus Christ is to each one of our lives and the strength and the healing He can provide us for all things that happen in life. I want them to understand that Jesus can be a part of their everyday life, even when serving in office and perhaps especially so. I want them to come to a relationship with Christ. Yes, I live in the third least churched state in the nation, all that means is I will have to come from different angle. I love a hard challenge.”