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About Dr. Parrish

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With a fervent love for her Savior, Jesus Christ – Rev. Dr. Diane Parrish embraces life and all challenges there in with joy and great anticipation.

After graduating from the University of Florida with Honors in Music Theory and Composition, Diane took a prodigal run to Hollywood.  There, totally away from the Church, she wanted desperately to become a “somebody”. And she did. She became a well known musical arranger, lead background singer for Tony Orlando and worked with named stars like Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester, Danny Thomas on his “St. Jude Telethons,” and John Davidson… Until Christmas Eve morning of 1980 when God scooped her up and made her HIS somebody by whispering, “Diane, come home…”

So she did.  There she met and married the human love of her life – Raymond Parrish.  After thirty-five years of marriage, two kids, three grandchildren, two dogs, two cats, 24 puppies, hamsters and sea monkeys in a jar on her windowsill in the kitchen – ask her and she’ll tell you, “Life doesn’t get much better than this!”

Dr. Parrish received her Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and her Doctorate from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. In 1999, she founded kidz2leaders, Inc. d/b/a Camp Hope ministering to the children of inmates in the State of Georgia. Her ministry with the United Methodist Church began in Nashville in 1988 where she served in the St. Paul UMC. After a corporate relocation with her husband to California, she was appointed to the Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Mission Viejo. She has served faithfully in the North Georgia Conference since 1991 at McEachern UMC, Marietta First UMC, Mt. Bethel UMC, St. Philip UMC, Providence UMC and now here at Kennesaw UMC.