Carolyn Parker was born and raised in West Texas in the small rural town of Ballinger. While growing up she was active in the Girls Auxiliary of the Baptist Women Missionary Union. She attended San Angelo College where she pursued a nursing degree and worked as a Registered Nurse in surgical services for thirty-four years. After retiring, she and husband James moved to Tennessee Colony in East Texas. She joined the First United Methodist Church in Palestine and became active in the local United Methodist Women, where she served in several capacities including Mission Coordinator for Education and Interpretation, President, and Spiritual Growth Coordinator. Carolyn also served in the old Palestine District as Mission Coordinator for Education and Interpretation and President of the Northwest District. She is the current Secretary for the Texas Conference United Methodist Women and past Mission Coordinator for Education and Interpretation and Secretary of Program Resources. Her passion for serving in mission ministries and education has led her to represent United Methodist Women on the Conference Sending Committee while serving as Education and Interpretation Coordinator. Also, she was a member of the Cooperative School of Christian Mission Planning Board for four years and served as Dean of the Cooperative School for one year and as Dean of Mission u for one year.
Carolyn loves reading, gardening, and walking. Together she and husband James have a son and one granddaughter.