steve & VANGIE parker

Steve grew up in North Carolina and left to serve in the military at age 19. While he was stationed in New Mexico he met and married Vangie. After starting a family they began teaching home Bible studies to other military families. This continued for about 15 years until they were challenged to take the Gospel to unreached tribal groups by New Tribes Mission. Sensing that this was the Lord’s leading they separated from the US Air Force and entered the New Tribes Mission training program, completing Bible School, Missions training and Language school. At the end of their studies they felt the Lord leading them to join a mission contact team with the goal of reaching unreached groups of nomadic Yuqui people in the Bolivian jungle. By God’s grace they, along with a few other families, were able to make contact with three different groups of Yuqui and settle them down under the teaching of God’s Word. During these years Vangie served the Yuqui people by helping them with their medical and academic needs.  Many of them came to a knowledge of the Savior.  After the Yuqui contact work was complete, Steve and Vangie were asked to direct the Missionary Training Center in Santa Cruz. In this capacity they served discipling and training Bolivian Christians in the area of tribal missions for about eight years. Many of them are serving in remote areas today. Steve and Vangie also served on the Bolivian Leadership team for about 17 years.
In 2008 Steve and Vangie retired from New Tribes Mission after serving on the Bolivian field for 27 years and returned to Grace Bible Church, the church that God used to commission them and send them to the mission field in 1982. Steve begin serving as a Deacon and then was ordained to serve as one of the Pastors in 2011.

Steve and Vangie raised six children, one of which is with the Lord, one is a missionary, one is serving in music ministry, one is serving in her local church in children’s ministries and one is serving the Lord driving a truck. God has blessed them with eight grandchildren so far.