Rev. Dr. Donald L. Parson
The Early Years—
Donald Louis Parson was born September 18, 1947 in Hushpuckina, Mississippi. His parents Rev. Lovelace and Evelyn Parson had been married for twelve years before the conception of their only child. He lived in Mississippi until the age of 5 before his father was called to pastor a church in West Helena, Arkansas. It was there during a revival service where he accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 8. At the age of 10, his father was called to pastor Silver Mountain Baptist Church on the north side of Chicago where Donald served as a junior deacon.
On October 28, 1959, at the age of 12 he accepted the call into the ministry. His first message was entitled “For God So Loved the World.” He traveled with his father as the “Boy Evangelist,” while also preaching for many youth days and revivals in Chicago and surrounding areas. His formative years of schooling were spent at Jenner Elementary, Cooley Junior High, and Robert Waller High School, which are all located on Chicago’s north side.
As a Pastor –
“But he that is greatest among you should be your servant.”
At the age of 19, Rev. Parson was called to pastor his first church, Jerusalem Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana. He served there until April of 1973, when he accepted the call to pastor Mount Calvary Baptist Church on Chicago’s far south side. Under Pastor Parson’s leadership, Mount Calvary’s membership grew from a few hundred to almost 5,000. He left the legacy of building Chicago’s largest Sunday school, as well as an educational building and Christian Academy.
On November 6, 1991, he was led to organize a new ministry, Logos Baptist Assembly, which had 256 members but under his leadership, Logos has grown to have over 7,000 members in the past twenty-three years! Logos Baptist Assembly is a full service ministry that has; three services on Sunday, a telecast on Saturday mornings, a radio broadcast on Sunday evenings, bible study on Tuesday, and also having weekly services and programs for men, women, teens, children, widows and seniors.
As a Preacher –
“I heard the voice of the Lord, saying whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I, send me.” Isaiah 6:8
Reverend Dr. Parsons countless messages continue to challenge, inspire and encourage people to have a right relationship with God. For example, timeless classics such as “A Sin and Mercy Situation,” “What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do,” “Valley Times,” and “Basic Living 101,” as well as more recent sermons like; “A Strategy for A Crisis,” “Faith and Facts,” “Dreams,” “God’s Kitchen,” “There’s A Miracle in Your House,” “How Do You Think?” “Unbrotherly Brothers,” “Struggling but Not Losing,” and “Is Life Worth Living?” This list doesn’t begin to recount the many words of life, hope, deliverance, and renewal that Pastor Parson has preached for over fifty years. His prophetic voice continues to sound the trumpet, as thousands play and replay his messages on cassette, videocassette, CD and DVD. The greatest influences in his preaching ministry include his father Rev. L.C. Parsons, his pastor Rev. Joseph Wells, Rev. A. Harrison Banks, and Rev. C.L. Franklin, among others. As a preacher, Pastor Parson views his greatest accomplishment to be leading thousands to Christ and winning souls for the kingdom of God! He also holds in highest regard the blessing of having been invited to preach under three past presidents of the National Baptist Convention (Dr. J.H. Jackson, Dr. T.J. Jemmison, Dr. Henry J. Lyons), and the Full Gospel Fellowship Conference (Bishop Paul Morton).
As A Social Activist—
“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weakness of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.”
Pastor Parson has been a dedicated social activist, having participated in the March on Washington in 1963. He has held membership and leadership positions with Operation Breadbasket (now known as the rainbow PUSH collection), led by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., serving on three separate occasions as Chairman of the Ministries Division. He has led protests for justice and fair treatment on many fronts. He was part of the founding group of the National Black Pastor’s Association with Dr. William A. James. As a leader of influence in the religious community, he has been invited to the White House on many occasions for conferences/events under four U.S. Presidents (Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, and William Jefferson Clinton). As a part of the presidential delegation led by Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater, he was part of the first official delegation to be sent by the United States to the African-American Business Summit in Zimbabwe.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the C.L. Franklin Award, Chicago Pastor of the Year and Chicago’s Largest Sunday School Award. He has also received several honorary doctorate degrees and keys to many cities, as those whose lives he has touched seek to honor him and his contributions to the social and spiritual community. He constantly encourages those under his pastorate and influence to not only be outraged about social injustice, but to DO something about it by registering to vote, marching when necessary, and holding elected officials responsible for their actions or their lack of actions.
A Man of God for All Times—
In 2015, Rev. Dr. Donald L. Parsons remains a servant to the Almighty God, as he pastors the ever growing congregation of Logos Baptist Assembly on Chicago’s far south side. He proclaims the gospel during three worship services each Sunday at 7:30am, 10am, and 6pm. He also teaches the congregation from the Word of God each Tuesday at 7pm. In addition to these responsibilities, he continues to travel the country preaching, teaching and lecturing for revivals, seminars, conferences and other special religious and social events. His messages can be seen and heard every Saturday morning from 7-8am on WJYS-TV and every Sunday evening from 6-7pm on Gospel radio 1390AM.
Pastor Parson is considered a living legend of this time who is greatly respected by his peers and his parishioners, as well as politicians, entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life.