Dr. Joseph C. Parker, Jr., a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is a longtime community transformer who has given leadership to the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in Austin, Texas, among other community development initiatives. He has served as the Senior Pastor of the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, “a church with a heart for the community” since 1992; and he has distinguished himself in ministry, law and civic leadership. KFIT Radio Station in Austin selected him as the “1998 Pastor of the Year.” He has been inducted onto the Board of Preachers of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College and serves as president of the Texas Congregations United for Empowerment, Inc. (TCUE).
He is also a Texas attorney and mediator, formerly practicing law as a civil litigator. He has served as the first African American president of the Travis County (Texas) Bar Association, being named as a Trailblazer by the State Bar of Texas, and selected as the chair of the Board of Advisors of Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He has taught preaching at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary and has taught advanced Civil Litigation in the Trail Advocacy Program of the University of Texas School of Law. He has utilized this training and background in public administration, law, theology, and urban ministry to inform his ministry and community involvement. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, University of Georgia, Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, University of Texas School of Law, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.