ABOUT REV. BRI
Biography for Brianna K. Parker
Rev. Dr. Brianna K. Parker (Rev. Bri) is a faith leader, scholar and data activist. She is CEO of Black Millennial Café, LLC (BMC), a consulting practice and data resource center for Black churches, communities and organizations. She is also currently the lead researcher for Barna Group’s State of the Black Church study.
Through the Black Millennial Café, Rev. Bri intentionally gathers data for understanding and transformation of Black communities. She lectures and presents empirical data on faith and Black communities concerns nationwide. BMC resources include commissioned data on the Black Church, Black millennials and domestic violence, gun violence in the Black community, the impact of incarceration on millennials and more, as well as a suite of services for churches and organizations interested in faith or social impact.
Significant research backs Rev. Bri’s work as she was the first to hold extensive quantitative and qualitative data on Black millennials and faith, a neglected research demographic. The lessons from that research and experience as a millennial engagement coach have been used to create her digital Bible study curriculum for young adults titled, “Open Table: Where Everyone Gets a Seat” and has been culled into a book, “What Google Can’t Give.”
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Arizona State University, a Master of Divinity in pastoral care and counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in church-state studies from Baylor University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Union University’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. Reverend Bri served Friendship-West Baptist Church for nearly a decade with Reverend Frederick D. Haynes, III who ordained her. She served Paul Quinn College as an adjunct professor and as the currently titled Dean of Chapel and Jarvis Christian College as an Associate Professor of Religion.
She was awarded the Norman Vincent Peale preaching scholarship and the Mary McLeod Bethune Religion Award from the National Council of Negro Women, and she is a Silver Lifetime Member of the NAACP.
When she is not leading BMC, Rev. Bri mentors young women, supports her non-profit in talent and resources to provide statistical data to churches to impact emerging generations and is developing funding for a project on millennials and mass incarceration.