News Release

Published on Friday, January 04, 2013

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Western Technical College is hosting guest speaker Rufus M. Parker on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 12:25 p.m. in the Student Union, 400 Sixth St. N., La Crosse. The event is free and open to the public.

Parker is a pastor at Calvary Apostolic Church in La Crosse. Originally from North Carolina, he served in the U.S. Army for 28 years, retiring in 1998. During the last five years of his career, he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisory for the Army in Okinawa. In addition to his military responsibilities during that time, he pastored the First United Pentecostal Church of Okinawa, Japan, and served as the Asia Military District Coordinator from 1996-2009. Parker has authored three books titled, Developing the Man in the Mirror, A Reflection of the Man in the Mirror, and If God Be for Us, Who Can Be Against Us?. An ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International, he and his wife Pamela served as missionaries from 1996 until 2009, ministering to the Asia Military Ministries and Japan.

In addition to the speaker, winners of a student essay contest will be announced. Students were asked to read King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and explain was two ways that he made a difference for all people. First through third place winners will read their essays during the event.

For more information, contact Bernard Black at 608.789.6270. To find out about other programs and services at Western, call 608.785.9200 or visit the website at