Grace Parke

FOCUS Missionary | James Madison University

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Where I serve

God has called me and an incredible team of missionaries to serve at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. If you're in the area, you can likely find me training for my next race, hanging around the athletic facilities, going for hikes, spending time at the Catholic Campus Ministry house, or reading at a local coffee shop. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life, and specifically about how he called me to be a missionary. I'd love nothing more than to take you for coffee and tell you all about it! 

My Story

I will be the first to tell you that I was not planning on being a missionary. After finishing 4 seasons of D1 field hockey, I joined the track team for my last semester to fulfill my high school dreams of running in college. Through these athletic achievements, academic successes, and a strong social circle, I thought I was at the climax of my pursuit of excellence. It wasn't until I was challenged by some incredible friends that I realized how empty my endless pursuit was. By slowly beginning to devote my heart to Jesus, I reevaluated my understanding of excellence. My heart and mind were transformed. I could clearly hear the song of my heart that had once been muffled: the call to be a missionary. As a missionary, I want to dynamically impact students the way that my friends impacted me, because a pursuit of Christ will provide more self-worth than any pursuit of worldly excellence. Although I had dreams of entering the "real world"  through an ad agency or graphic design firm, I've quickly learned that God's plans are so much greater! 

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I hope to share this joy with others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us where we are, to know us and love us with great depth. My next pursuit is to grow in faith and follow Jesus' example by walking alongside students at JMU. 

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and we can schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.


Grace Parke | [email protected] | 585-738-9883 | www.graceparke.com

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