New pastor leading Meriden congregation


Rev. Kenneth Parker

Rev. Kenneth Parker


Meriden United Methodist Church has received a new minister this month. The Rev. Kenneth Parker is a native of Kansas and has been a Methodist minister for 33 years.
He was born in Tescott, northwest of Salina. He has been married for 34 years to his wife, Nancy. They have two daughters, Beth and Abbey, and three grandsons. The daughters and grandsons all came to Meriden to be present for his first service June 12 at Meriden.
Parker tells that he has lived in Kansas all his life. Even while attending Phillips Graduate Seminary in Enid, Okla., he and two fellow seminarians car pooled from Kansas each week to attend classes. His first church, where he was an associate pastor, was the First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City. His most recent assignment before Meriden was Stillwell Methodist. Stillwell is located near Overland Park.
Parker believes in the importance of a real relationship with Jesus. “Ultimately, it is about Jesus, who he is in your life, in my life, and why that is important,” he said.
Meriden United Methodist Church is easily found at 100 Dawson and Main. Even though it has been through many changes, it has always stayed at this corner.
The first church building was built in 1877. Only a few years later it was destroyed by lightning and rebuilt in 1880. They replaced that building in 1922. It was destroyed by fire in 1949 and rebuilt in 1950. That building was blown away in a tornado in 1960 and the current building was built in 1961.
In 2005 renovations and additions were begun to bring the church to the present size. They have an elevator between floors to make access to all the facilities available to the handicapped.
For his first service at Meriden, Pastor Parker spoke on “who is God?” “We all have different aspects of who God is in our life.” He gave a variety of ways we approach our attitude toward God.
The mission statement of Meriden UMC is “Sharing God’s love within our community and into the world community.”

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