“Trust is not an option!” — The Right Rev. John Parker
The Right Rev. John Parker, former head of the Eparchy of the Anglican Rite for The Ancient Apostolic Communion, came from a life-long study of religion and service to the Lord. He was raised an Episcopalian, he left the Episcopal church in 1979, when changes in doctrine and liturgical practices made it impossible to continue with that church. Since then, he has been associated with several of the continuing Anglican churches in a lay capacity.
Born in Houston, Texas on March 23, 1943, Bishop Parker was educated in the South, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from William Carey College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He Was a student of Erskine Theological Seminary until his health failed.
Bishop Parker was ordained a non-denominational minister in 1995, and he had served as the chaplain for Revolutionary History Interpreters throughout the Southeastern United Sates over the past several years.
He was consecrated Bishop and designated Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Anglican Rite in the Ancient Apostolic Communion on August 11, 2002. He also served as Rector for Saint Peters Church, North Augusta, South Carolina, and was a life professed member of the Province of Saint Peregrine. Bishop Parker served the Province as Prior General for a short time.
In October of 2001, Bishop Parker was diagnosed with terminal Cancer. His prognosis was not good. Being a man of God, he threw himself into the service of the Lord, signing on with Erskine Seminary for a three-year degree program. The doctors had given him one year. He lived almost 2 years.
On the feast of his patron, St. Augustine of Hippo, August 28, 2003; surrounded by his family and Bishop Maximilian Anthony (The Right Rev. Gregory Godsey), Bishop Parker passed from this life into his eternal reward. His words of wisdom will always ring in our minds and hearts.
On August 28, 2016, with the approval of the Synod of the Old Catholic Churches International, Bishop Parker was canonized.