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True Lee Missionary Baptist Church
Born in 1947 and raised in Dallas, Texas, Pastor Donald R. Parish Sr. has been a member of True Lee Missionary Baptist Church all of his life. He was raised as the seventh out of eight children from the blessed union of Pastor Robert Lawrence Parish Sr. and Louis Marie Wagner-Parish. He was drafted into the United States Army April 4, 1964 and served in the Vietnam War for two year at the rank of Sergeant. After Vietnam, he continued his membership at True Lee Missionary Baptist Church and accepted his calling into the ministry in 1979 under the leadership of his father Pastor R. L. Parish Sr. He eventually became and worked as special assistant to his Father for 10 years.
In October 1992, Reverend Donald R. Parish Sr. accepted the call to become the Pastor of True Lee Missionary Baptist Church in which he currently serves. Under his leadership he has ordained over seven ministers too include his son, Rev. Donald R. Parish Jr., who currently serves as the Youth Pastor for P.O.W.E.R. Ministry. Pastor Parish founded the H.O.P.E. Restoration Non-Profit organization in 1996 that has successfully sponsored The Summer of Hope program no cost camp for the nearly 6 years. The Summer of Hope program promotes educational enhancements, career development, self-improvement, and fun. Pastor Parish has also established an Outreach Prison Ministry for the incarcerated that visits the men's maximum security George Beto Unit (Beto One Prison) located in Tennessee Colony (Anderson County), Texas.
On a personal note, our Pastor displays the fruit of the spirit; He is so Loving, full of Joy, Peaceful and God really knows he is Longsuffering. He is as Gentle as a Giant and he displays Goodness all the time. He is man of true Faith and he is surely not weak but prides himself on being Meek. Lastly, he practices Temperance, which is Self-Control. Pastor Parish is a Certified Counselor as he not only counsels with his members, premarital and otherwise, but anyone who needs his assistance. He is a great leader and mentor.
Our Pastor believes in Home Mission as evidence of his commitment to working in the community. Annually four churches would come together for Thanksgiving and Christmas services. Our Pastor recommended that we give back to the community with an annual clothing and school supply giveaway and of course the gospel message. Additionally he leads by example as he encourages his congregation and others to volunteer in the local schools, nursing homes, or wherever needed.
Our Pastor believes in Foreign Mission as he has made sacrificial missionary trips abroad to Haiti, Africa, India and has received requests from a ministry in Jamaica. He also represented the National Baptist USA incorporated in Foreign Mission. he has encouraged his congregation and others to contribute in any way that they can to foreign mission.
Pastor Parish is an excellent devoted and loving husband to his wife Deborah Parish of 41 years and an exemplary father to his children, Kimberly D. Parish -Wilson and Donald R. Parish Jr. He is also a loving grandfather of 6 grandchildren.
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He has received numerous awards and recognitions of which the most notable are the Humanitarian, Minister of the Year, Pastor of the Year, and Father of the Year.
Above all his accolades and accomplishments, Pastor Parish is a Master Teacher and has a passion for teaching God's word. He has the spiritual gift of taking the word of God and preaching it in the simplest manner so that one can understand it. His ultimate goal is to present God's word that will cause one to apply it to their daily life.