Elder Isaac Parker
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World
1926 ~ 1971
Elder Isaac Parker was born July 20th, 1926 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Thornton and Ethel Parker. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Foote in the year of 1952 and to this union was born five children. Elder Parker was baptized in Jesus' Name at an early age and received the Holy Ghost in the springs of 1946 at the Bethel Temple Church in Akron, Ohio under Bishop Raymond L. Robinson. Later he was called into the ministry and was a full-time evangelist for three years.
He then accepted the pastorate of the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, Gilmer, Texas; Macedonia Pentecostal Church, Diana, Texas; and the Pentecostal Church in Pittsburg, Texas. He pastored three churches nine years and then moved to Dallas, Texas as pastor of the Temple Holiness Church where he remained until his homecoming.
Elder Parker possessed a winning personality and a tenacity and stamina unmatched by many sighted individuals. He was a graduate of the Columbus School for the Blind and the Aenon Bible College of Columbus, Ohio. He mastered his handicap and traveled the country extensively singing and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to great and small moving under the anointing of the Holy Ghost. Later he was elevated to the office of District Elder by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World in the State of Texas.
Elder Parker was convinced that he was a soldier in the army of the Lord and was determined to work until the day was done. several hours before his passing, he summarized his convictions and faith in his God by singing "I'm going to work until the Day is done," and his favorite "I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone." He fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith. Elder Isaac Parker fell asleep in Christ Thursday, June 24th, 1971 in the Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Texas after a long illness at the age of forty-four years, eleven months and four days. The P.A.W. was left to cherish the short life and memory of this stalwart champion.