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About Dr. Parker

How I got started:

"God blessed me with an unexpected and incredible adversity that helped shape my original message. My personal testimony is about how to truly trust Jesus Christ with your entire life, regardless of the circumstances. After taping a chapel service I did at Concordia University NE about my experience, I mailed the recording to friends and family who were praying for me. That talk was taken to church or given to friends who were also dealing with an adversity.  People heard the tape and asked me to come tell more of the story.  When people would ask me to come back and speak, I'd respond with, "You heard my story; that's all I've got."  As a result, I developed many more talks. That was 19 years ago. Since then, I've been blessed to speak in 28 different states and Canada to over 600 groups, ranging from ONE to 30,000. I've spoken in a huge arena, for Christian companies,  large educator's  and administrator's conferences, state/district/national youth gatherings, at countless churches and schools, in a cow pasture, and in prison; each has been a blessing!"   

The Mission:

1) Share how God can use an ordinary man to get through extraordinary circumstances.
2) Motivate with humor and Biblical truth towards action in a relationship with Jesus.
3) Equip Christians of all ages to glorify God despite the challenges of this world.


University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1999
Doctorate of Philosophy
Emphasis in Educational Administration - Education Leadership

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1994
Master of Education
Emphasis in Sport Pedagogy

Concordia College, Seward, NE, 1991
Secondary Education, Health, Physical Education and Coaching

Work Experience:

Dr. Parker lives in Riverside CA, where he is blessed to be the Athletic Director at California Baptist University - a leader in Christian education and home of the Lancers - the most successful Christ-centered athletic department in the country - CBU athletics.   Competing in the NCAA Division II and PacWest Conference, CBU has won the commissioner's cup in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the conferences top athletic department. In 2017, the NCAA's Leirfield Cup ranked CBU as the #2 Div. II athletic department in the country. In 2015 the Press Enterprise listed Parker as the most influential sports figure in the Inland Empire.  CBU was voted "the most successful Christian University Athletics program" among all levels by Sports Spectrum Magazine for 2011.  Prior to CBU, he was Headmaster at  Lutheran South Academy, a Christian school with 800 students in Houston, TX.  He also continues to serve God as the Founder of TrustGuy Ministries - check out the upcoming schedule!
Before moving to Houston, he spent four seasons as the top assistant on the Drake University Women's Basketball staff. While there, he took over the Recruiting Coordinator duties after being in charge of player development, summer camps, and scheduling during his first 3 seasons at Drake. In addition to his Recruiting Coordinator duties, Dr. Parker coached the guards, scouted opponents, and spoke in the community. In each of the first 3 seasons, he coached a guard who received MVC All-Freshman honors. He was blessed to recruit players who received many all-conference honors, broke team records, and one First Team Academic All-American became a Rhodes Scholar. 
Before coming to Drake, Parker was the Director of Operations for the Women's Basketball team at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for one season.

Prior to his appointment at Nebraska, Parker was an Assistant Professor and Head Women's Basketball Coach for four seasons at Concordia University in Seward, NE, where he led his team to the Sweet 16 in the 2002 NAIA Tournament. His 2002 squad posted the highest ranking in school history at No.6.  The Bulldogs finished 28-6 and were established as an NAIA powerhouse, starting 3 freshmen on that team. In four years, he compiled a record of 80-41. Even more impressive was the team's academic success. The Bulldogs were named National WBCA Academic Team Champions his last 3 years (1999-2000, 2000-01, and 2001-02) including all levels of NCAA and NAIA for two of those years with cumulative team grade point averages over 3.7. Concordia also became the first team in history to win the award 3 straight seasons in the NAIA. In addition, he coached an incredible 18 NAIA Academic All-Americans in his four years as head coach.

Before taking over the women's program, Parker spent eight years teaching at Concordia and assisting the Concordia Men's program, helping them to 3 conference championships, six straight NAIA Tournament appearances, and a Final Four appearance in 1992. As head JV coach, his teams compiled an 84-27 record which included a 31 game win streak. He coached the guards and helped 4 players attain NAIA All-American status.
Dr. Parker is a published author on peer motivation and leadership in athletics. In 1998 he founded Trustguy Ministries and has become a sought-after speaker. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for 19 years. They are the proud parents of Emma (17), Jonah (14) and Gracie Joy (9).

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