About the Pastor

Rev. Catherine T. Parker serves as Founder and Pastor of Higher Praise Christian Church in Locust Grove, VA. She was licensed to preach the Gospel on August 31, 1997 and ordained on July 3, 2005. Still, she knows by reading Jeremiah 1:5 that it was GOD who ordained her – “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

She is a graduate of Virginia State University (B.S. – Physics). She attended the Evans-Smith Leadership Training Institute (Virginia Union School of Theology). She has taken courses through the Andersonville Baptist Seminary
and at various area churches for the sake of Christian fellowship and in order to continue to study to “show herself approved unto the LORD”. She has often said that it is not in the schooling but in the living, for no school could ever offer her an education like the one she has received from her Heavenly Father. She was inducted into the League of Independent Ministers (LIM), led by Penn Ministries, Martinsville, VA in March 2010.

Rev. Parker surrendered her life years ago to Christ and has since attended His University – “GUTTS” (God’s University of Trials, Tribulations & Service). She’s proud to say that “Through it ALL, she has learn to truly Trust her Jesus”. She thanks Him for having His Hand on her life, for making her a new creature in HIM, for teaching her how to endure the storms of life and for the precious anointing that is so evident within her life.

She loves to love God’s people and is a willing vessel for the Lord. She has diligently served God not only as a pastor but also in the capacity of an evangelist and goes wherever He sends her. She loves ministering to broken people and has a special “call” to prison ministry, in addition to internet ministry. Her favorite past-time is spending time with Jesus in true worship. She loves to sing songs of Zion and share testimonies of her life experiences. Her only true mission in life is to tell of Jesus while living a life that is pleasing to Him. She wants everybody to be saved, to intimately know her Jesus …. Her favorite saying is: TO GOD BE THE GLORY – FOR HE HAS DONE GREAT THINGS IN AND FOR ME!!!!!!

Rev. Parker surrounded by the spirit

Rev. Parker surrounded by the Spirit of God

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