Ken Parker: Alumni Success Story

From a church music student to faith-driven leader

(B.A. in Church Music, Vocal Performance ‘88)

Ken Parker, a former MBU Trustee from 1998-2007, is a pastor and president of the Missouri Baptist Convention. He began his term in the fall of 2016, and was previously the first vice-president from 2014-2016. Parker has served First Baptist Church in Kearney, Missouri as senior pastor for ten years. Under Parker’s leadership, the congregation has increased service efforts on a local, national and international scale. Parker also led an initiative that redeemed the church’s financial standing, and baptized nearly 300 individuals. Previously, Parker held leadership roles at churches located in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.

In 1988, Parker graduated from MBU with a B.A. in church music and vocal performance. He then continued his education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, earning a M.Div., D. Div, and a M.A. in counseling. He has been married to his wife, Lori, since 1998.

Parker also teaches courses at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, in addition to other colleges in Missouri and Arkansas.

A story of shining on.