Parker McLendon is an ordained Baptist minister who helped shape child care services in North Carolina. A native of DeLand, Florida, McLendon earned his bachelor's degree at his hometown school, Stetson University. He went on to earn theology degrees at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., as well as a master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served as a pastor and residential child care administrator before becoming executive director of the North Carolina Residential Child Care Association. He lives at Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville, N.C.