pmbcdirectory 086 Parker Memorial began as a mission from Metropolitan Baptist Church. The Last Reverend Hugh Brockington started a mission in the new subdivision in West Cocoa. Two members of Metropolitan lived in the area (Deacon Tilton Smith and Sister France Hamilton), they started a Sunday School class by putting chairs out in Deacon Smith's front yard. Adults and children began to join the mission; Reverend Brockington decided to start a church. Parker Memorial Missionary Baptist Church was built from wood salvaged from the old Cocoa Ice House.  Parker Memorial was named in honor of the late Dr. A. D. Parker former pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist Church. The first service was held March 4, 1962. The late Reverend J.C. Wise served as the first Pastor. The late Brother Robert Hamilton was the first Deacon, Sister Frances Hamilton the first Deaconess, and the late Sister Mamie Smith served as the first secretary. In the years that followed, a water line was installed to the church, a pastor's office and rest rooms were build, central air and heat was installed, the church was remodeled, and the adjoining property was purchased. As the membership continued to grow a larger building was needed, though faith in God, a great spirit of fellowship among members, contributions from church members and Christian friends, Prayers, labor and financial support a new sanctuary was completed and the first Sunday in December 1995, we marched into the new sanctuary singing “We come this far by faith”. The original building was named in honor of the late Reverend Leonard Daggett, it is now known as the “Leonard Daggett Fellowship Hall”. We have been blessed with a new Sanctuary, many other blessings followed: A new paved parking lot A Baptismal pool was installed The mortgage on the Sanctuary was paid off A new van was purchased New sound equipment was purchased An Audio tape ministry was established A neighborhood witness ministry was started The land adjacent to the church was purchased The house at 501 Lincoln Road was purchased and remodel It is now the House of Hope open A new organ was purchased A second van was purchased Memorial Gardens was built. Baptismal wall redecorated God has allowed many of our visions to be fulfilled and we continue to Praise Him for all He has accomplished through us.   In December 1996 a new fellowship hall was completed. Seven (7) Pastors have served in this church. Our present Pastor Melvin Chatman accepted the call January 1993. Yes it all began March 4, 1962 when 26 people, guided by the Holy Spirit established Parker Memorial. Today our membership exceeds 300 and under the watchful care of almighty God and the leadership of Pastor Chatman, devoted in service to our Heavenly Father and God's flock, We are continuously growing spiritually and physically. We truly have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, Trusting in His Holy Word. He never failed me yet, Oh can't turn around. We've come this far by faith.