Thanks for stopping by to visit. We appreciate the opportunity to share with you what God is doing through the lives of those who participate with us in ministry and we encourage you to explore our upcoming short-term missions opportunities. Little did we know 46 years ago where our walk of faith would take us. Today we look back with gratefulness to God for His loving guidance and provision through the years. Our desire is to pour out to others the blessings we have known as we have walked together in the light of His Word.
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and have ordained you that you might go and bring forth fruit.
BILL & JOYCE PARKS
Born and raised in Baltimore, as a teenager, Bill ran the streets and lived a wild life until he had a close brush with tragedy, and a powerful personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Overnight it seemed, the burning intensity of his life was to know God, and to point the way to others. Joyce grew up nearby, but a world away, in the sheltered community of Lancaster, PA. But, she too, as a teenager, experienced the life-changing work of the Holy Spirit. The calling of God brought the two together as they studied and prepared for life-long ministry in Bible College.
In the early seventies, working with the Board of Education of the State of Maine, Bill and Joyce led a team which traveled throughout the state presenting public school assemblies addressing the drug abuse epidemic and introducing a personal relationship with Christ as the answer. Directing student ministries on the staff of Faith School of Theology, they also led student ministry teams into churches, nursing homes, prisons, coffeehouses and street outreaches. In 1972, when invited to join the staff of the faith-based drug rehabilitation ministry of Teen Challenge of Washington, D.C., they moved to the inner city of the nation's capitol where they served as Resident Supervisors.
A youth ministry and evangelism portfolio on a church staff near Houston, Texas, was their next facet of ministry followed by nearly ten years in a senior pastorate in southwestern Pennsylvania. In 1987, responding to invitations to minister in other churches besides the one they pastored, they began to feel God was leading them to launch into a ministry as itinerant evangelists. Initially traveling with their two sons, they ministered as a family team in churches throughout the United States and Canada. Longing and praying for a greater evangelistic outreach beyond the four walls of the church, in 1990, an unexpected door of ministry opened into Mexico. Taking a step of faith, and again responding to what they sensed was the leading of the Lord, they invited others to accompany them on short-term mission outreaches into the border squatter camps of Mexico. In the ensuing years, the response of team members wanting to go and the response of the Mexican people to the Gospel was so great that they returned for 20 years. The danger of the drug cartels dominating the border areas has made it impossible to return to Mexico since 2009, but other countries have opened their doors to the teams. Over 4,000 team members have now traveled with them into many countries throughout Central and South America, as well as Mexico and Cuba, and thousands have responded to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
In 2008 Bill founded the Teen Challenge of Baltimore Center on 101 North Potomac Street with support of local churches, family and friends. He continued as the Executive Director there and every summer conducted and assisted in numerous outreaches in the city of Baltimore, including: Impact Baltimore , The Day of Hope, Servefest, and the Reality House. Bill also pioneered the Sidewalk Son-D School pre-teen ministry, held every Saturday from May through November at inner-city parks.
Bill retired from Teen Challenge December 31, 2015 but continues to travel extensively into Latin America and The Caribbean and Joyce accompanies him as her schedule permits. Joyce presently serves on the pastoral staff of Trinity Life Church in Lutherville, MD.
Happily married for 45 years, together their one desire is to know and follow the leading of God in their lives and ministry, introducing others to a vibrant, personal relationship with God through Christ.