Deacon Mark Parker: ‘I am looking forward to serving the Lord at Emmanuel Episcopal’
Deacon Mark Parker has joined the clergy at Emmanuel Episcopal Church following his ordination at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento Aug. 27.
Deacon Mark was born in Berkeley. He has a bachelor of arts degree in history from UC Berkeley, a master of arts in library science from San Jose State University and a certificate of Anglican Studies from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley.
He has lived in Smartsville since 2000 with his wife Roxanna.
Before his retirement in 2010, Parker was a public librarian and library administrator in Fresno, Sacramento and Auburn. During his career, he was deputy director at the Sacramento Public Library, bureau chief at the California State Library, and director of library services at the Placer County Library.
Deacon Mark’s call to ministry began shortly after his retirement. Parker’s formation will continue onward in the diaconate with the ultimate goal of ordination to the priesthood. During his years at Emmanuel, he has been an usher, Eucharistic Minister, president of the Men’s Club, vestry member and webmaster. He said that all of these activities have been for the glory of God and to foster Emmanuel’s goal, “To know Christ and to make Him known.”
According to the Book of Common Prayer, Deacons are assigned to churches under the authority of the Bishop. They are to serve all people — particularly the poor, the weak, the sick and the lonely. They interpret to the church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world as well as serving in public worship and in ministration of God’s Word and the Sacraments.
“I am looking forward to serving the Lord at Emmanuel Episcopal,” Parker said.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 235 Church St., Grass Valley. Services are Sundays, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m.
For more information, see http://emmanuelgv.org/ or the church’s Facebook page.
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