Nathalie Nelson Parker is native of New York. She is first generation American, her parents originate from the Island of Jamaica West Indies, and she has five older brothers.
She has earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and English Literature from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, a Masters in Secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY, and a Masters in Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She has taught within various educational sectors throughout grades 6-12, and is a certified educator in both the states of Georgia and Tennessee.
Nathalie is committed to promoting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). She is the 2015-2016 HBCU All-Star, and listed as Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She is also a member of Theta Phi, international honors society for theological studies.
Currently, she serves as the National Program Coordinator for Strengthening the Black Church for the Twenty-First Century’s, an agency of the United Methodist Church at Discipleship Ministries, Nashville, TN. Nathalie combines her love for ministry and education by leading the National Network of Young Adults (NNYA) initiative. Nathalie facilitates a national network of over 100 participants, consisting of HBCU undergraduate students, seminarians, campus leaders, campus ministers, young clergy/lay, congregations and UMC agencies to recruit, train and resource African American and Ethnic young adults (ages 18-35) as they hear, discern and respond to the call of God upon their lives.
Nathalie is the author of "I Love My Future HBCU: Teaching Children about Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She is married to Rev. Leon F. Parker III, Lead Pastor at St. Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. They are the proud parents of Leon F. Parker, IV.