Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte is Proud to Announce Rev. Emily Parker as Our New Executive Director
Parker’s background as a deacon at Christ Church, Charlotte, combined with her deep passion for service to local governments across the greater Charlotte region over the past 14 years will help to advance further the mission of the organization that celebrated its seventh-anniversary last year.
Parker is “a native Charlottean, resident of east Charlotte, and a cradle Episcopalian who grew up at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. I was ordained as a deacon in our diocese in January 2020. I have worked in service to local governments in a range of places from as large as Charlotte to very small communities of 400 people in more rural neighboring counties. Through my experiences in public service and community engagement, I have learned the importance of listening first, about the slow work of building trust, trying to ask good questions, being organized, clear communication and trusting my intuition.”
“When I think of GMEC, I envision an active, sacred space that is a beacon of hope and light for refugees, immigrants, and the local community," she says. "It is a place that fosters hospitality, growth, learning and the love of God. My vision for GMEC is not only that the beacon stays bright, but the light shines stronger and brighter for years to come."
“We feel very lucky to have found Emily and look forward to a successful and invigorating future with her at the helm. She will bring experience, enthusiasm, great communication skills, and fresh air to our organization.” says the Rev. Robin Sands, board of directors chairperson.
Parker will manage all day-to-day operations of Galilee Ministries, overseeing the programs with Loaves and Fishes, Community Kitchen, Catholic Charities and Central Piedmont Community College. She will also lead fundraising programs, as well as marketing and community engagement initiatives.
Parker succeeds Interim Executive Director Faith Hamilton, who assumed the role in January 2022 after the retirement of Toni Hagerman.