Pastor Parent had been raised Catholic but when the Lord manifested His presence and power in saving his life, it led him to study the Bible, commit his life to the Lord and be baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church at age of 23. A week later, he met Elisabeth, a new convert herself, they were married, went to college, were called to the ministry in Ontario, Canada, where they served for 21 years, and also pursued graduate studies at Andrews University, and the University of South Africa. They served as missionaries in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and Madagascar for six years and then have served in the Barstow/Needles District and now at San Diego Clairemont since November of 2015. The Parents consider it a great privilege to serve the needs of the Clairemont Church and the community. "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry" (1 Timothy 1:12 KJV).