Mr. Parsons was involved in an MVA in 1986, which he says prompted his interest in pursuing EMS. He has over twenty-five (25) years of experience in the Healthcare industry. Donny cofounded an ambulance company with his business partner and good friend in February 1997. The company, Emergency Mobile Healthcare, served the Memphis, TN community for twenty-two (22) years before being sold in an acquisition.
Donny served in many areas within the company from the initial start to the day it was sold and EMHC ceased to exist in February 2019. During the life span of EMHC, Donny became intimately familiar with the day to day operations as he was tasked with community relations, marketing, business development, orientation, cultivating & networking, all of which he embraced with passion and zeal. The company grew intentionally and methodically with an emphasis on reinvesting back into the city through dedication, commitment, persistence, patience, perseverance, and a philosophy of moral integrity.
It was during the height of EMHC’s success, and what he describes as “the fall of Don Parsons”, where he encountered Jesus Christ. Donny had attended church all his life as a child and into adulthood. But it was in 2009 that he would experience His great power, His Mercy, His Grace and His Love which is transformative. Donny says he was rescued, delivered and had an unquenchable hunger and thirst for His Word leading to Seminary and Ordination. Donny served from 2014 to February 2019 as corporate Chaplain for the remaining 5 years of EMHC.
Donny’s love for the Lord and continued studies of the early church fathers who impacted and influenced the preservation of the Christian Faith is what motivates him to reach out to others. Donny often shares that his personal thoughts are those of Saint Augustine of Hippo when he penned in his memoir, Confessions: “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in Thee”.
Donny goes on to share: “There is a Latin term that captures the essence of the Christians life “Coram Deo” meaning to live ones’ entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God. Our lives are not meant to be compartmentalized into two sections of Religious & Nonreligious. Our lives are meant to be living sacrifices, oblations offered in a spirit of adoration and gratitude.”
Donnie is the father of two children, his son Josh and daughter Tatum, both of which he describes as, “his greatest joys on earth”.
During his service as a Chaplain, Donny states he has “been blessed to speak and share my testimony in how God changed my life in varying organizations both faith based and secular. I have been assigned and tasked with the implementation of Celebrate Recovery at my Church Home in Cordova TN. I hope to serve the The Lord, Jesus Christ faithfully until He calls me Home.”