Micah Parkerson started his new role as the Commuter Host this fall. We got to chat with him a bit and quickly picked up on his good sense of humour, his love for basketball, and learned that his cool accent comes from Kentucky. Here is an introduction to Micah, in his own words:
What are your hopes and/or goals for the Commuter Community?
I was a commuter through university and know what that experience is like. Sometimes commuters can feel like outsiders even though they are in their own community simply because they don’t live on campus. I hope to enhance commuters’ Bible college experience where community is really developed. I don’t believe in forced community, that’s prison, but to provide a place of opportunity for those who are really seeking to be plugged in on campus without having to live on campus.
Where did you grow up?
I come from the small town of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. When you hear I’m from Kentucky, you’re probably thinking about KFC, wondering if I’ve met the colonel. Unfortunately no, I didn’t get to know him. We weren’t particularly close.
Explain a bit of your faith journey
Growing up I never was a strong witness in my Christian faith, just kind of lukewarm. I never really thought I would become a pastor or preacher but after an encounter with God I recommitted my life to Christ and became a youth pastor at 21 and began preaching. I went on to have the opportunity to travel all over the world. In fact, the first time I was ever on a plane was when I flew to Guatemala to preach. I never dreamed or imagined God would take me from the small town of Kentucky to preach.
When do you feel closest to God?
For someone who really can’t sing, I really feel connected with singing. I really am an awful singer but through worship is where I really experience a connection with God.
What is an accomplishment or achievement you are really proud of?
As far as ministry, one of my goals in life was to work at a Bible college. I wanted be an influence to the younger generation, preparing them to be leaders all around the world and I knew I could do this through a Bible College.
What is your favourite Sport?
It’s ironic that I love to play basketball but my favourite sport is football. I’ve already got my Dominos order ready for the start of the college football season.
What led you to your role as the Commuter Director of Columbia?
I became connected to Columbia as a volunteer men’s basketball coach. The passion and community I witnessed made me want to be more connected so I applied for the Commuter Host position. I also feel that my experience as a pastor, mentoring and guiding people in their faith really is a good skill set for helping students in the same manner.
If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called and who would play you?
If my life was made into a movie it would be called “Kentucky Thunder.” I would hope that Will Ferrell would play me. I really don’t know why I just think it should be Will Ferrell.