Zack Parker was named the Pastor of Student Ministries for Revolution Church in White House officially on Sept. 2, 2018.
Pastor Zack and his wife Laci have been married for seven years and live in White House with their three children, and are excited about the opportunities to continue to serve at Revolution Church. They first began attending the church in January 2015, and he was ordained into full pastoral ministry in September, 2016.
“On our first visit here, we realized this was a great size church for us and the pastor and staff were very interactive with us on our first Sunday and we knew this was the place to stay,” Parker said. “That’s what kept us here and drew us to Revolution Church and we want to engage our students and our community with the same opportunities.”
Revolution Students meet Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the church worship center for grades fifth grade through 12th grade, and have a discipleship teaching time for teenagers in the church classroom area on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
Pastor Zack will be leading and organizing both parts of the ministry, as well as serving in adjacent roles with the church staff and leadership. Laci is a RevKids volunteer team member. Revolution Students was led by Pastor Bill Petty, who is still with the church and serving as the worship pastor.
“We have a very unique group of students at Revolution Church who are involved in a number of different activities in their school and community,” Zack said. “What that means for us is our student population reflects the demographic of our church. A group of people from all different and diverse backgrounds come together for one common thing, and that’s who we are and are proud to be.”
Revolution Students ministers to kids from a number of different schools, including White House High School, White House Heritage High School and Christian Community School, and also reaches in neighboring communities like Cross Plains, Millersville, Cottontown and Portland.
“We are very thankful to have Zack as a part of our team,” said lead pastor Kris Freeman of Revolution Church. “I am very excited about how quickly he has engaged our students in discipleship and deepening their relationship with God in a tough environment to raise students and teenagers in this culture and community.
“He brings a life experience that is valuable and relevant to our students and they connect with that part of his story. His desire to see the kids succeed at their school and in their community is matched by his desire to see the students grow in their faith.”
Zack is enrolled in his third year of a three-year program at Christian Training Institute to complete his pastoral ministries degree in 2019. He graduated from Station Camp High School in 2008. He is a general manager for U.S. Pest Protection in Hendersonville.
Laci graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in Business Administration and attended Davidson Academy. She is a licensed real estate agent with Exit Realty Garden Gate Team in White House. They have three children – Tristan (10), Canaan (5) and Eason (2).
“I am excited to have this opportunity to make a difference with our teens and their parents and families at such an influential time in their lives.”
If parents or volunteers would like to help with student ministries, there are lots of opportunities to engage with games, food, media and music with a large group of students on Wednesday night.
Many of the Revolution Students are actively involved during Sunday adult worship in serving in tech areas and volunteering in RevKids.
“Student ministries is more than just a two-hour meeting during the week, or playing a few games and hanging out at church,” Freeman said. “This is a chance for us to teach and build leaders and make a difference in their lives, that will ultimately grow our church and build our community to be a better place.
“To see our teens serve is phenomenal. When you look in that tech booth on Sunday and see teenagers running camera, lights, sound and computers, and then see a kids building full of volunteers who are still high school students and middle school students, you know that our impact is doing what we hope for. That’s why we are in this.”
Zack is a big sports fan, loves and prays often for the Tennessee Volunteers, and is really hoping the Atlanta Braves win the World Series.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to work with Revolution Church and how thankful Laci and I are for this opportunity to see what God is about to do,” Parker said. “And if the Braves win the World Series, it might be more than our pastor can handle (he’s a Cardinals fan) and I am good with that.”