Another candidate has emerged to stand for moderator of the 2016 General Assembly.
Salem Presbytery in North Carolina has endorsed David P. Parker, a ruling elder from First Presbyterian Church in Statesville, North Carolina. A lawyer, Parker served as a commissioner to the 2010 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and has been moderator of the Salem Presbytery executive council. A cradle Presbyterian, he grew up in White Memorial Presbyterian in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Parker has been active both politically and in his community, serving as chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party from 2011 to 2013; as chair of the Mitchell Community College Board for two terms; and as a member of the Iredell County School Board. He earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In a brief interview, Parker said he does not know yet whether he will follow in his candidacy the traditional approach of having a moderator standing with a vice-moderator, or the new approach provided by the 2014 General Assembly of having two co-moderator candidates. “It depends on who feels called to stand with me,” he said.
Parker and his wife, Sally, have three adult children and a grandchild.
One other slate of moderatorial candidates already has announced. Chicago Presbytery has endorsed Jan Edmiston, a teaching elder, who intends to stands as a co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson, a teaching elder from National Capital Presbytery. National Capital is expected to vote Jan. 26 on endorsing Anderson.