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Macon Church Community & Congregation of Bibb
Mount Zion Baptist Church Mourn Loss of Beloved Pastor

by Amanda Smith

The Macon/Bibb County church community, the congregation of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church, and numerous family and friends mourn the loss of the Reverend Teddy Parker, Jr. who passed away on November 10, 2013 and clergy around the world took to social media to express condolences. Parker's Homegoing Service was held on Saturday, November 16th at Fellowship Bible Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Georgia, where the Reverend Dr. E. Dewey Smith performed the eulogy.

Parker, who suffered from manic depression, took his own life in the driveway of his home after sending his wife and daughters ahead of him to church. E. Dewey Smith, Pastor of Greater Traveler's Rest in Decatur, Georgia and good friend of Parker's for over 20 years performed the eulogy for Parker. "He was suffering with manic depression and he had some emotional issues that he had been dealing with; he was in treatment, but he just couldn’t step away from ministry," said Smith.

Parker was born June 10, 1971 in Macon, Georgia to the Rev. & Mrs. Teddy Parker, Sr. of Warner Robins, Georgia. He leaves behind his lovely wife Larrinecia Sims Parker, two beautiful daughters, Kamry Tednae and Kerrington Tyier and siblings, one brother and two sisters in addition to numerous other family members.

Parker was a graduate of Ben Eielson High School of Fairbanks, Alaska and was a distinguished scholar of Theology International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida where he received diplomas in Practical and Advanced Level l Theology. He exercised his prophetic ministry at the age of 22 when he was licensed and ordained at Fellowship Bible Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and Bible Study and served as Youth Minister.

Pastor Parker, a man of profound spiritual vision and gifted with intellectual qualities, was called to serve as Pastor of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in July of 1997. Under his God-given leadership, Bibb Mount Zion, along with the Middle Georgia community, benefited from his accomplishments such as the establishment of Camp Zion and the construction of the Family Life Center. Under his leadership, twenty new ministries were implemented, major renovation to the sanctuary was completed, and the church experienced consistent growth to its membership. In his continued effort to win souls to Christ, Pastor Parker served as CEO of Next Level Community Development Center Inc., which caters to the entire man. This ministry offers a summer program for children 5-18 years of age, a Youth Redevelopment Center for young men ages 13-19, a Senior Citizen’s Center, Computer Literacy Class, and an after school program.

Pastor Parker's commitment to God, his family and friends, and the community will long be remembered and cherished as those ministries he developed continue to serve others for years to come.


by The Informer, Inc.
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Rev. Teddy Parker, Jr.