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Olin T. Binkley Collection of F. Calvin Parker Materials

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F. Calvin Parker and his wife Harriet Hale Parker served as missionaries in Japan 1951-1989 under the auspices of the Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board. This collection includes materials from F. Calvin Parker's life, predominantly from his time as a Baptist missionary in Japan. Materials include notes, writings, manuscripts, awards, speeches, book reviews, and other items.

Biographical and Historical Note

F. Calvin Parker was born in 1926 in Florida. By age thirteen Rev. Parker, had decided upon Christian ministry as a profession. His studies at Carson-Newman College were interrupted in 1945, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Yale University for a Specialized Training Program in Japanese.

In 1947 he was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister and continued his education, earning a B.A. from Carson-Newman College (1948), a B. D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1951), and a Th. M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1957), with additional studies at Harvard, Vanderbilt Divinity School and University of Tennessee.

From 1951 until 1989 he and his wife Harriet Hale Parker served as missionaries in Japan under the auspices of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. His assignments there included service as Field Evangelist, pastor of Shibuya Baptist church in Tokyo, editor of the JAPAN CHRISTIAN QUARTERLY, President of the Fellowship of Christian Missionaries to Japan and he served as a professor the Department of Theology at Seinan Gakuin University from 1980-1988.

Parker also wrote several books, including Jonathan Goble of Japan: Marine, Missionary, Maverick (1990), Icon and Outcast: The Life of Jonathan Goble (2007), Christ in a Kimono (2003), and The Good Book Is Better Than It Used to Be: Eighty Years with the Bible (2009). Upon his retirement to Mars Hill (NC), he and his wife became active members of Mars Hill Baptist Church where Parker continued his scholarly pursuits as teacher of Bible-study classes and writing eleven other books.

Sources:

  • "Rev. Franklin Parker," Asheville Citizen-Times, 2010 December 24, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/citizen-times/obituary.aspx?n=franklin-parker&pid=147367292
  • Seat, Leroy, "A Tribute to F. Calvin Parker," The View from This Seat, 2010 December 30, https://theviewfromthisseat.blogspot.com/2010/12/tribute-to-f-calvin-parker.html

Collection Overview

This collection documents the life and work of F. Calvin Parker, particularly his book writings and work as a missionary. The collection includes various writings, manuscripts, clippings, notes, book reviews, and personal awards and items.

Collection Inventory

  • "Astronomy in the Light of Bible Truth," booklet (undated) / Box 2 Folder 10
  • Autobiography outline and draft (1944) / Box 2 Folder 14
  • Awards and certificates (1947-1999) / Box 2 Folder 7
  • Bauldin, George, autobiography (1960) / Box 2 Folder 5
  • Biblical Recorder columns: formation lessons (2000) / Box 2 Folder 6
  • "The Book of Daniel," writing (1950) / Box 1 Folder 1
  • Book reviews (1990-1993) / Box 2 Folder 9
  • Brown, Samuel Robbins, "A Matter of the New Orient," book (1902) / Box 2 Folder 1
  • Christ in a Kimono chapter 1 manuscript (circa 1998) / Box 2 Folder 15
  • Course materials (circa 1940) / Box 2 Folder 3
  • Family tree (undated) / Box 1 Folder 3
  • Fuller, Chaz, sermon notes (undated) / Box 2 Folder 4
  • Griffis, William Elliot "Hepburn of Japan," writing (undated) / Box 2 Folder 11
  • Identification and qualification cards (1946-1978) / Box 2 Folder 12
  • Japan Baptist Brotherhood plaques (1981-1988) / Box 3 Item 3-4
  • Mission materials (1949-1988) / Box 2 Folder 13
  • Notebook (undated) / Box 1 Folder 7
  • Obata, Minoru, record (undated) / Box 2 Folder 16
  • Religious clippings (1970-1992) / Box 2 Folder 2
  • Seat, Keith, "Jonathan Goble's book edited, with notes," dissertation (1979) / Box 1 Folder 4
  • Seinan Pennant (1930) / Box 3 Item 2
  • Sermons (undated) / Box 1 Folder 5-6
  • "The Spear and the Shield," writing (undated) / Box 1 Folder 2
  • Visiting Cards and container (undated) / Box 3 Folder 1 / Box 3 Item 1
  • "You Can Learn Kanji," writing (undated) / Box 2 Folder 8

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Olin T. Binkley Collection of F. Calvin Parker Materials
ID
MS868
Date [inclusive]
1902-2000, undated
Extent
1.26 linear feet  2 document boxes, 1 artifact box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2017 April
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Olin T. Binkley Collection of F. Calvin Parker Materials (MS868), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

The following books were included in the original donation:

  • Callaway, Tucker. Japanese Buddhism and Christianity;: A comparison of the Christian doctrine of salvation with that of some major sects of Japanese Buddhism. Shinkyo Shuppansha Protestant Pub. Co., 1957.
  • Callaway, Tucker. Zen Way Jesus Way. Tuttle Publishing, 1989.
  • Hirai, Kiyoshi. The Japan Christian Yearbook. The Christian Literature Society, 1959.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Christ in a Kimono. self published, 1998.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Christ in a Kimono. Word Alive, 2003.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. "The Diverse Giftedness for Missions." 'The Lord Is the Spirit' - Essays Honoring Bernardin Schneider, OFM, edited by Aquinas Schniedier and Pat McCloskey, Order of Friars Minor, 2002, pp. 149-150.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. The Good Book Is Better Than It Used to Be: Eighty Years with the Bible. iUniverse, 2009.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Hallelujah Hale: The Story of Harriett Hale Parker, Missionary to Japan. self published, 2009.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. A History of Christianity in Kanazawa City, Japan. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1957.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Icon and Outcast: The Life of Jonathan Goble. iUniverse, 2007.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. In All Respects A Model: The Life And Ministry Of A. W. Mathis. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2008.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. The Japanese Sam Patch: Sag of a Servant. Translated by F. Calvin Parker, self published, 2009.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. The Japanese Sam Patch: Saga of a Servant. Cross Cultural Publications, 2001.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Jonathan Goble of Japan: Marine, Missionary, Maverick. University Press of America, 1990.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Jonathan Goble of Japan: Marine, Missionary, Maverick. Cross Cultural Publications, 2001.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. "Jonathan Goble, Missionary Extraordinary." The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, Asiatic Society, 1980, pp. 77-108.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Precious Mother, Precious Crown: The Life and Mission of Elizabeth Taylor Watkins. Professional Press, 1997.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Program Base Design. The Japan Mission Foreign Mission Board South Baptist Convention, 1973.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Sentaro, Japan's Sam Patch: Cook, Castaway, Christian. iUniverse, 2010.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. The Southern Baptist Mission in Japan, 1889-1989. University Press Of America, 1990.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. The Southern Baptist Mission in Japan, 1889-1989. University Press of America, 1991.
  • Parker, F. Calvin. Two Feet in Three Worlds. self published, 2003.
  • Thompson, Frank Charles. The New Chain-Reference Bible, Third Improved Edition. B.B. Kirkbride Bible Co., 1934.

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