On the Spiritual sidewhen asked what he would attribute to the success of his ministry, he always responds, ” The Word of Faith” Romans 10:8
On December 4, 1983 he gathered his family together in their living room for the first service of the Richmond Christian Center.
The Church since has received national and international recognition for its outreach ministries and being one of the first television ministries on (BET) in the late 80’s.
Born in Buffalo, NY he was raised in the Bapist Church, under the leadership of his Grandfather Rev E.J. Echols Sr Pastor of First Shiloh Baptist Church the Second Black American Church in the history of Buffalo New York. (1916)
After being born again 1976 while watching the PTL Christian TV program, he came in contact with the Books and cassette teachings by the late Rev Kenneth Hagin of Tulsa, OK and Apostle Fred Price of Los Angeles, Ca. He says, ” The Lord taught and ministered to me more through these two men than any theological school could possibly have done.
He later was given an Honorary Graduate Degree from Kenneth Hagin's Rhema Bible Training School Broken Arrow OK and an Honorary Doctor Degree for his ministry work over forty years first in his own Community, Nationally and internationally wide from Saint Thomas Christian College Jacksonville Florida
He was also a Charter member on the Founding Board of Dr Fred Price´s Fellowship Of Inner Cities Word of Faith Ministries LA Cal.
In 1985 Pastor Parson´s ministry and church received further recognition after a incident when a woman dropped dead for over twenty minutes in the church at his feet and was miraculously brought back to life through the congregation's faith and prayer.
Not counting the thousands of people in over 40 years saved and healed by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, Dr Parson is also known for his teaching anointing on Doing Business and his entrepreneur spirit with his over 30 year background in Community Development Projects from the Church.
His revelation on what the Bible says concerning Business, ownership, buying and selling, exchange, trade, doing Business, economic empowerment, the Business of Generating Our own Income and not being Dependent on Government, people or anybody’s giving is revelatory.
He says the Lord is Our Provider and He Provides for us by giving us the Power to provide for ourselves.
Financial Independence (Wealth) through doing Business is what he sees in the Word of God and historically thus is boldly declaring and demonstrating it today through his business efforts and faith which is Action.
In all under Dr Parson's leadership his Church has licensed, ordained and sent out over forty ministers which have started and/or are Pastoring their own Churches or Assistants around the country today.
Community Outreach ministries have purchased and or owned approx 3 to 4 blocks of the city of Richmond valued over twenty million dollars which included a shopping plaza, apartment complex and other properties at one time.
RICHMOND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER LLCSEPARATE FOR PROFIT ENTITIES
Dr Parson encourages Pastors and Churches to set up separate for profit arms of their ministries to generate income through doing Businesses rather than being dependent on its people's giving to pay for its Non Profit ministry expenses.
He said it is more bless for us ( the church ) to give than it is for us ( the church ) to receive.
In 1987 after reading an article in the Ebony Magazine he started a non profit Community Development Corporation called Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation which today has built over 400 homes for minority people in the inner city.
The program was started in the Church with Bank of America home buying seminars which taught people about home ownership verses renting an apartment.
The Church then assisted the people with down payment money to become home owners and brought re vitalization to one of the poorest communities in Richmond Virginia to the Glory of God!
Currently the Corporation is buying depressed properties continuing to build homes in other inner cities and Partnering with Builders.
In 1989 with seed money from the Church he Helped the formation of the Virginia Development Loan Fund with members from the Church Tim Hayes and Thomas Hofler that provided small Business loans in conjunction with the Small Business Administration to help more minority business owners or entrepreneurs.
The first loan came from the Church.The same year he also Co founded a Drug Rehab Center with Rev Otis Smith another member of the Church called the House of Life that ministered the Word of God and deliverance to hundreds of men over the years to help set them free from alcohol, cocaine and heroin addition of which some of the men today are very successful businessman and Ministers in Churches through out Richmond Va.
1990 Dr Parson started from the Church a Private Elementary School named Genesis Prepatory Academy and Day care which provided quality education for inner city youth with an emphasis being placed on obeying Authority, Attitude, Business, Communication skills and Success.
In 1990 a jobs training program from the Church headed by another member Sandra Sykes named Fresh Start Job training program was formed, which trained and prepared minority people for jobs and how to start businesses and work in the market place.
In 1998, Dr Parson was led to begin a work in the country of Brazil. He first ministered in Santos, Rio de Janeiro and then Recife.
After many months and much traveling to Brazil, he then established and supported a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil through a local Pastor there and named it Faith Alive International Ministries of Brazil (FAIMB) which is on its own today.
He has since learned to speak portuguese and has sponsored missionary trips to the country providing medical ministry to the Brazilians in their more poverty stricken areas.
A Ministry to children was also established along with Missionary Trips.
HIS PERSONAL FAMILY
Dr Parson's oldest son Steve Jr is an Attorney, CPA and was the church Administrator for some years and started a behavioral center called Youth Empowerment Services creating over 250 jobs for people and provided services for problem inner city youth, today it helps mental impaired adults.
His younger son Mark Parson played three years Professional football for the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints also speaks to youth from time to time in elementary schools and working along his father in Community Development.
His oldest daughter Nichole is a Registered Nurse and Captain in the Army Reserves.
Another daughter Adrienne in addition to being a mother of two children is a Manager Trainer with Verizon Wireless. Eleven Grand children all living productive successful lives in Christ.
Today! In addition to being the Founding Pastor of The Richmond Christian Center since 1983Dr Parson has founded and is CEO/President ofRichmond Community Development Center LLC.a Mutual Benefit, Membership, Cooperative to benefit its members Community socially and economically.
CEO/president of My Funding America LLC
He also was one of the Black American Pastors who met with President Donald Trump at the Trump Tower November 2015 endorsing him publicly for President.
He said "Billionaire Donald Trump for President is in my opinion the best candidate to help make America great again starting in the inner cities where poverty and unemployment is the highest"