ABOUT REV. BRI
Rev. Dr. Brianna K. Parker – known as Rev. Bri – is a highly sought-after preacher, public speaker, millennial engagement coach and ministry consultant. She CEO of Black Millennial Café, LLC (BMC), a consulting practice and data resource center for Black churches and organizations interested in healthy engagement with Black communities. She is also currently the lead researcher for Barna Group’s State of the Black Church study.
Through the Black Millennial Café, Rev. Bri has developed a suite of services to improve engagement and growth for churches. She lectures and presents empirical data on faith and Black communities nationwide. BMC resources include a young adult ministry revitalization kit, curriculum, coaching and other customized programming for churches and organizations. The lessons from her research and experience as a millennial and millennial expert 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.”
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. 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 also served Paul Quinn College for seven years as an adjunct professor and as the currently titled Dean of Chapel.
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 in ministry, 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.