New Staff Member

Introducing Jonathan Parker

By Calvin Landrus, SRCFC National Director

Getting beat to the top of a mountain had never been on my table before.  But on that day in 2008, it was Jonathan who slowly gained ground on me as we made our way to the summit of a no-name, 19,000 foot mountain in the Himalayans of India.  We were both there working with International Mountain Leadership Institute (http://www.mountainleadership.org/) to assist in their program of helping trekking guides become climbing guides.
 
Today, I am pleased to formally announce that Jonathan Parker has been approved by SRCFC’s Board of Directors to be our Southeast Regional Coordinator and Himalayan Outreach Coordinator.   Like all our current ministry staff, he will be a faith-supported missionary and his focus as he starts out will be establishing a support team.

Jonathan comes to us with a missionary background.   He grew-up all over the world including spending 22 years in Europe (Austria, England, Czech Republic, and Hungary) as part of a missionary family and then as a missionary with a dual role of being a high school teacher and youth group leader in Hungary, with Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru).

Climbing since 2001, Jonathan brings a great passion for climbing, for climbers themselves and for bringing the Good News to climbers.  Following in the footsteps of Brad Killough, he has been our Alabama Chapter Coordinator and director of the Chandler Mountain Challenge at Horse Pens 40 for the last couple of years. 

As our SE Regional Director, his main responsibility will to expand the ministry of SRCFC with those already connected to the Solid Rock community and those not connected, including climbers who are not Christ-followers.  He will participate in and start new SRCFC Outreaches/Gatherings in the SE focusing on the states of Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. 

His plan for the Himalayans is to annually travel to India, Ladakh region, to work more with IMLI by continuing to establish routes, doing climbing clinics/mentoring to train the local guides, teaching CFR (Community First Responder) courses in nearby villages and doing LNT (Leave No Trace) trainings for the guides.  There will be opportunities for Solid Rockers to join him.

Please pray for Jonathan as he begins to raise support. This is a daunting task! Many Christians don’t understand climbing and how a missionary can be busy ministering to climbers; thus this task will not be easy.  We don’t have SRCFC missionaries contact members directly for support but your general fund donation (see statement in next article) will in part help support Jonathan.  

Let’s send Jonathan an email at johnnybeclimbin@yahoo.com and welcome him to his new role with Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ.

Date Posted - 08.20.13

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