Between working and finishing classes for an Accounting AA degree, Glenn Parker serves as the Worship Leader at FBC. He started playing guitar at age 14, and has been playing piano since he was 16. Glenn is a singer/song writer who uses his unique skills to mix traditional hymns with contemporary songs in the Worship Service. He holds the title of being the “Youngest Worship Leader” who has served at FBC.
Fred’s interests in music started at the age of eight when he began taking piano lessons. At 12 he started playing the trumpet, and in high school took one year of organ lessons. He occasionally played for church as his mom was the Choir Director.
Fred was a music major at San Diego State University where he began an interests in Jazz. He taught music for two years.
He has played in five different jazz ensembles, one of which, The Diablo Valley College Evening Jazz Ensemble, was the opening act for the Concord Jazz Festival featuring Dave Brubeck, among others. He has played in pit orchestras for seven different community theater groups, having performed in approximately 50 different Broadway shows.
Currently, he plays piano, trumpet and flugelhorn in the Lodi Community Concert Band and the FBC A Street Worship Band. Through his association with the Lodi Community band, he got involved with the Delta Winds Concert Band, which is comprised of Delta Students and members of local community bands. Twice the Band has performed at Carnegie Hall, in New York.
In April 2013, he and approximately 55 band members from the Delta Winds Band performed at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC.
Jim and Ruth, his wife of 45 years, have raised three sons and are blessed with 11 grand-children. He has experienced miracles in his battle with cancer, continues to receive good test results, and is still in Complete Clinical Remission!
Like Glenn, Jim is also a singer/song writer and uses his life experiences in the songs he writes. He sings and plays on both the Bass electric and Acoustical guitars in the Worship Band. He’s the FBC resident electrical expert and maintains the sound equipment
From 1970 through 2008 Rodger was the drummer for various local bands, “City Slicker,” “Cottonwood Skinny”, and “Working Class.” He graduated from Galt High School in 1974 where he was named, Jazz Musician of The Year. He passed his love for music down to his sons Rod, Mike, and Glenn, FBC’s Worship Leader, who’s mentioned above.