As an eighth grader, Clyde Parker’s teacher would not allow him to sign up for college prep courses in high school because his elementary school records were so poor, with Cs and Ds—only for him to go on to have a successful educational path, even becoming a pastor, teacher, and businessman at the same time! In this book, Clyde’s widow Ernstena shares his compelling life journey with readers, from his birth in 1930 to his passing in 1984.
Clyde Parker: Pastor; University Professor; Businessman by Ernstena Viola Phillips Parker Wood is an inspiring tribute which honors the life of her late husband, Clyde A. Parker Sr. EdD; DD. With forty years in Christian ministry, thirty years as an educator, and twenty-five years as a businessman, Clyde’s fifty-three years of life were action-packed. He pastored four different churches, taught in public schools, and became a full professor at a state university, all while being a successful businessman. How, you may wonder? Well, come along and read how in his time on earth, Clyde was able to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Ernstena was inspired to share Clyde’s story when her son-in-law Rick Webb, of the Rick Webb Family Singers, challenged her to write a book about Clyde, his wife Phyllis’s daddy. His words exploded in her head and put a smile on her face, and that very day, she started looking through files, picture albums, and boxes that had been tucked away in her attic. In the following weeks, memories that had been buried during twenty-three years of widowhood and traveling the world with Campus Crusade’s International School Project flooded her mind, and this uplifting book is the result.