In Memoriam: The Rev. Ronald Parker

Monday, June 5th, 2023

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The Rev. Ronald Wilmar Parker: November 26, 1938 to May 26, 2023

The Rev. Ronald Wilmar Parker died on May 26, 2023 in Rosemont, PA. A commemorative service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at noon at Christ Church, 536 Conestoga Road, Villanova, PA 19085. Reception to follow in the Church Hall.

Rev. Parker was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 by the Rt. Rev. Albert Wiencke Van Duzer. He then served as rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bound Brook, NJ from 1980 – 1992; and as curate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Metuchen, NJ from 1979 to 1980.

Ron authored articles for Living Church, GTF Year book (sermons), and was a member of the Order of St. Luke. He also served Christ Church, Ithan as priest and was on the Executive Committee of the Merion Deanery Clergy. He served as Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care at Sophia Orthodox Seminary. Ron had two doctoral degrees from the Graduate Theological Foundation and The University of Notre Dame. He was well known as a musician and as one who was accessible and caring for others in the wider community. 

He and his wife, Josephine, were married on April 20, 1983. Condolences may be sent to Josephine Parker at 254 Williams Road, Rosemont, Pa 19010. Her email address is

 In lieu of flowers, the family is asking contributions go to PHILABUNDANCE, 3616 South Galloway Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.