Gary was born in Brazil, the child of missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Gary received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from Calvary Bible College in 1987 and completed a Master’s degree in Biblical counseling from The Master’s College in 2010. In June of 1989 He and his wife Sandy were accepted as missionary candidates with Word of Life, for the field of Belem, Brazil. They arrived on the field in July of 1991. Gary became field director in 1994 and continues to serve in that position to date. Their ministry reaches the “river people” who live along the Amazon River. There are over 33,000 communities without access to the Gospel. The Parkers evangelize and disciple the youth from the urban centers of Brazil, then train them to become pioneering missionaries in our four-year missionary training institute, and then help coordinate our graduates, in conjunction with their home churches, as they plant new churches in the river communities.