We love introducing new team members, and today we get to do just that! Meet Brent Parsons, our new Market President for the Southwest Region. We are thrilled about Brent being on our team and the new role the Lord has called him to! We have no doubt that the Lord will use Brent and his role to take the gospel further and faster by empowering the indigenous.
Take a moment to get to know Brent—we know you’ll love him just as much as we do!
Hi, Brent! What is your background?
I was born and raised in Oklahoma City. I am married to a girl I’ve known and been friends with since pre-school, Keely. We have been married 20 years and have three children: Hunter, a high school senior; Hattie, a high school freshman; and Maebree, who will turn four this summer.
Keely and I were raised attending Southern Hills Baptist Church—a church known for its deep love and commitment to missions. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of nine. The summer after my senior year of high school, I surrendered to the call on my life to ministry.
I did my undergraduate work at Oklahoma Baptist University, and upon graduation, I was invited to join the staff of Southern Hills, where I became the Minister of Missions and Evangelism. While serving at Southern Hills, I completed my MDIV from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have had the privilege of serving some of the finest people and churches in Oklahoma.
What makes my life and ministry somewhat unique is the blend of international work with missions and state-side work as a pastor. I thank God for the opportunities I have had to serve and learn from my international counterparts. I love God; I love His people, and I love being in the center of His will for my life—it just doesn’t get any better!
What drew you to Doulos Partners?
My introduction to Doulos Partners came on February 12, 2011, in Havana Cuba! It’s a long story and one I would love to share with anyone who would listen. God orchestrated the introduction between David Johnson and myself, and I will forever be grateful. That meeting has had tremendous Kingdom impact and I believe the best is yet to come.
I am drawn to the strategy, implementation, accountability, leadership, and effectiveness of Doulos. There is NOTHING about Doulos that doesn’t resonate with me. The “foot on the pedal” urgency of the leadership reflects their commitment to the Lord and His work. The Board of Directors and the way they leverage their influence for the Kingdom is inspiring.
For 8+ years, I have had a front-row seat to the ministry of Doulos. I have traveled with both David Johnson and Josh Clarke. I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears their passion for the Lord—for new churches, for the salvation of lost souls, and for the discipleship of new believers. Having served shoulder-to-shoulder with such men of integrity, I have great confidence in the opportunity to join the team.
What are you most looking forward to in this new position?
“Moving the needle!” Listen to David Johnson or Josh Clarke pretty much any time, and you will hear this phrase. I am looking forward to the aggressive approach to advancing the name and Kingdom of Christ. I believe the return of Christ is imminent and I believe there is still a great deal of work to be done. Empowering the indigenous IS the most effective way to get the Gospel to the masses.
Outside of work, what are your interests or hobbies?
When I’m not working, I want to be with my family. When my family wants to relax, communicate, and enjoy life, we head to the lake. For several generations, my wife’s family has been going to the same lake and it has become “our happy place.” It’s close to home, so even if we are just there for a few hours or a short overnight trip, we are glad to retreat and refuel for whatever is coming next.
What else should we know about you?
Nothing…NOTHING thrills me more than seeing the lost redeemed. I want everyone to know Him and experience the joy of being used by Him.