Parker Street Ministries and Executive Director Tim Mitchell
The Parker Street neighborhood is a low income, high crime area in Lakeland located just north of downtown Lakeland. The neighborhood is defined by Memorial Boulevard and the In-town bypass to the north and south and by Florida Avenue and Ingraham Avenue to the west and east. Due to the poverty and crime in this area, the neighborhood and its people are, for the most part, broken, forgotten and marginalized.
Parker Street Ministries (PSM) is a Christ-centered, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to individual, family and community restoration, reconciliation and revitalization in Lakeland’s Parker Street community. Tim Mitchell has lived in the Parker Street neighborhood since 1996. He first volunteered for the Parker Street Project and then worked for Parker Street Ministries. He was named Executive Director in 2001. Tim has a wide range of experience in urban ministry, faith-based nonprofits, community development, and serves as a coach for other urban ministries.
He is an alumnus of Leadership Lakeland XXIV, alumnus of Leadership Polk Class VII, a member of Lakeland Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Advisory Board, and a member of Polk Vision’s Quality of Life Task Force.
He has received numerous awards including the Spirit of Diversity and the Community Advocate Award. For his leadership in planning the renovation of the old Wesley Memorial facility on Massachusetts and his continual leadership in renovating neighborhood homes, he has received awards for neighborhood beautification and for architectural preservation
Tim and his wife Christy continue to enjoy living in the Parker Street neighborhood.