Anchorage Campus Names Distinguished Alumnus

May 2, 2018

Two men in regalia shake hands as one is presented an award.
Pastor Undra Parker receives the distinguished alumni award from Anchorage campus Executive Director Dr. Eric Ash at the April 20 graduation ceremony.

ANCHORAGE – Undra Parker, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Wayland Baptist University’s Anchorage Campus during the April 20 commencement ceremony held in the city.

A native of Texas, Parker joined the Air Force after high school and served his country for 11 years. It was during his service in Minot, N.D., that he received Christ and became active in area churches. He became a deacon while stationed in Japan and was licensed to the ministry in 2005 at the Greater Love Church in Misawa, Japan.

After leaving the military in 2009, he became pastor of discipleship/education and operations at Shiloh Church. He was voted as senior pastor in February 2017 on the retirement of Rev. Alonzo Patterson. He was formally installed on Dec. 10. Wife Mildred serves alongside him in ministry.

Active in his community, Parker is state education director for the Alaska Baptist Churches; executive secretary for the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Anchorage; financial officer for Alaska Black Leadership Conference of Anchorage; and a member of the Clinical Pastoral Education Professional Advisory Group (PAG). He also serves as an adjunct professor at Wayland in Anchorage, where he teaches Old and New Testament Survey.

“We are so proud to have a rich and diverse alumni family at Wayland, many of whom are serving their communities and making a real impact. Pastor Parker exemplifies this at an even higher level as he reaches into different areas of Anchorage to serve,” said Wayland alumni director Teresa Young. “This dedication to selfless civic service is one reason why nominators from the Anchorage campus felt he would be a perfect recipient of the first award for their campus.”

Wayland’s Association of Former Students has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates over the homecoming weekend for many years. The program was expanded this year to include a winner for each campus’ alumni, with Parker being the third honored in 2018. By the time homecoming festivities are celebrated in October, a total of 16 alumni will have been selected and celebrated across the system.