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Truett alumni honored for life's work

Nov. 10, 2004

By ELVIA AGUILAR, city editor

Joseph C. Parker Jr., pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, was honored with Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni award Monday.

"He is being recognized for his vision, accomplishments and service to the gospel in both the church and in the broader community," Dr. Steve Wells, Truett Alumni Association president and South Main Baptist Church pastor, said

The award is presented to a graduate whose life work embodies the highest tradition of Baylor's motto, Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana, [For Church, For State] according to Wells. Parker graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta and earned his master's degree in public administration from the University of Georgia and his law degree from The University of Texas, where he was selected as a member of the Order of Barristers as one of the top 10 graduating students in trial advocacy.

He has served as the first alumnus and black chairman of Truett's board of advisers. From 1992-94, Parker also was a civil trial attorney and mediator and served as chief of litigation for the State Bar of Texas. He became elected the first black elected to serve as president of the Travis County Bar Association. Parker taught preaching at Truett Seminary.

"[We hope this is] the first of many awards to come given by the Truett Alumni Association," Laura Cadena, past president of the Truett Alumni Association and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missions manager, said.