Hello Everyone! My name is Reverend Braden Parks. I am the pastor of Decatur Christ UMC. My wife Michelle, our sons Luke and William and I are so excited to be serving and loving Jesus together as a family.

Personal Background:

I grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. I first fell in love with Jesus when I was nine years old and have been following after Him ever since. I received the call to ministry and attended Asbury Theological Seminary. I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with my Masters of Divinity. God has trained me for ministry, discipled me in His love and has grown me into the person I am today.

Our Personal Hobbies:

Michelle and I love music, theater and sports. We love country and bluegrass music. I have had the opportunity to worship and serve God through acting and singing. We believe that creativity and art are places in which the Body of Christ needs to get involved in; they have been powerful sources of ministry and connecting with others in our lives.


Michelle and I are called to disciple others through serving in full-time pastoral ministry. Our hearts and passions are for Christ, His Church and the World. We believe that building relationships and loving people with the heart of Jesus are the best ways in which we are going to reflect Jesus to Decatur and the great state of Illinois. We look forward to living life and journeying with Jesus together.

We invite you into the loving, wide open arms of Jesus Christ.