You Live Where? The Faces Behind the Places

Residence Hall

Parker Dorm

Job Position

Alumni, Class of 1964


image preview

Creation Date

Spring 2024


James D. Parker was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. In 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served for four years. After his time in the military, he felt called to attend a Bible college to prepare for ministry. Initially, he had his sights set on Moody Bible Institute, but decided he wanted to attend school closer to home. So, he departed Portsmouth for Cedarville College. “My focus was on getting an education grounded in biblical truth and pursuing my call to become a preacher.” During his time as a student at Cedarville, he served as vice president of the freshman class and sophomore class chaplain. Parker received his degree in history from Cedarville in 1964. After spending decades in the ministry, Parker most recently has spent his time as an instructor at the Central Baptist Institute in Syracuse, N.Y., an outreach of Central Baptist Church where his son-in-law serves as pastor. Parker Hall was named for him in 2020. Upon receiving this honor, Parker said, “I hope the students who live in the residence hall develop a love for one another. They’ll learn to listen to each other and consider the other person’s viewpoint. They will learn to experience the Christian life for themselves.”