About G. Keith Parker
G. Keith Parker was born in Polk County, N.C. during the Great Depression while his family members were working at the Tryon Toy Makers. The current Transylvania County was home for the family over 200 years. He graduated from Brevard High School, Berea College, Southern Seminary, The C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and did post-graduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill, The University of Heidelberg, Germany, in the Netherlands and the U.S. He holds B.A., B.D., Ph.D. and Dipl. Analytical Psychology degrees and served as a U.S. Naval officer in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).
Numerous articles have been published in English and German in History, Church History, Psychology, Cherokee Studies and local Transylvania history. Among the published books, the two most recent ones won awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians: Seven Cherokee Myths and Sons of Mercy and Justice: A Transylvania Story.
For over twenty years, Parker was a professor at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Ruschlikon, Switzerland, an administrator, and lecturer at various universities in Europe and the U.S. He continues to teach at colleges, universities, churches and other settings. Examples are: the Purgason Distinguished Scholar Lectures and the Stanback Interdisciplinary Seminar for Faculty at Brevard College; lectures on Cherokee Mythology at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland; lectures or workshops for the Haden Institute, for Mental Health groups, the Cherokee Indian Hospital and Cherokee College students as well as ongoing annual lectures at the Brevard First United Methodist Church.
He practices part time as a pastoral counselor and Jungian analyst at the Brevard Cancer Center. A member of several professional organizations, he is currently President of the Transylvania County Historical Society. He and his wife, the former Jonlyn Truesdail of Brevard, have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
As my schedule allows, I am able to engage in some speaking engagements related to the two noted books. Travel costs and a modest honorarium would be discussed on the basis of the request.