Rev. Joseph C. Parker, Jr. is the recipient of the Hope Award for iACT's 2011 Hope Awards.
Rev. Parker has served as the Pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church since 1992. He served as the first African American president of the Travis County Bar Association. He has been involved in a variety of faith-based, interfaith, educational, social justice, and community efforts. Parker has received numerous awards and induction onto the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel Board of Preachers. He has been honored as a "Trail Blazer" by the State Bar of Texas and "Distinguished Alumnus" of Baylor's Truett Theological Seminary. He has taught at Truett Seminary and the University of Texas Law School. He has written theological articles, and a book, Holy Change. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, University of Georgia, UT School of Law, Baylor University, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been married to J. Laverne Morris-Parker since 1976 and they have three daughters.