From Cocaine to Calvary
J. P. 'Beau' Parker is originally from Plano, Texas.
During childhood he suffered from dyslexia and severe ADHD. At the age of 12 years, he began smoking and drinking. When he was 17, he began playing in bars. When he was 21, he landed his first contract with Rox Records in Dallas, Texas. By this time he was an alcoholic and had begun using drugs heavily. In 1986, he served 5 months and 18 days on a 2-year prison sentence for delivery of methamphetamine. After being released, he continued his addiction and playing in bars nightly. One night in a motel in Houston, he began to cry out to God for release from the bondage of sin. Over the next couple of years he struggled to overcome the addiction on his own. In 1991, finally free of the addiction that had him bound for so long, Beau Parker vowed he would do anything that he could to help others get free.
In November 1995, Beau Parker began a mission work in Leola called Truth Outreach Ministries. A building was built and completed in June 1997. In February 2000, having outgrown the 40x80 building in Leola, the congregation agreed to relocate to Sheridan rather than rebuild. At that time the name was changed to Calvary Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. Many of the members of this beautiful assembly now are able to share similar testimonies today.
In August 2000, the dream of a rehabilitation center for recovering addicts began to come true. There are now three bunkhouses located on a 40-acre ranch in Grapevine to house the men participating in the program. The men break and train horses while participating in the program. They are also required to attend seven A.C.T.S. classes each week. The program has a high success rate, and many lives are miraculously changed.
In February 2004, a facility was opened called Wings of Eagles for women participating in the program. This facility is located 17 miles from the ranch in Sheridan.
Forest and Rhonda Klinedinst joined this ministry in 2009. Together they bring over 20 years of ministerial experience to the Windsong team. In addition to their ministerial experience, Forest and Rhonda bring many life experiences to Windsong that are helpful in relating to the hurting and broken.
Forest came to Christ in February, 1989 after struggling with a thirteen year addiction from drugs, alcohol, after a bitter and painful divorce, (during which he almost lost his three children, but God, in his mercy gave him full custody!) During this time God brought him grace and deliverance from a life of pain, and sin. He has faithfully served in ministry since his deliverance.
Rhonda grew up in a church background even though her home was at times divided. She witnessed her mother struggle to keep a family together as her father struggled with a life of sin, torn between love for his family and love for sin. At the age of sixteen her family was divided. After a brief struggle with drugs and alcohol herself, Rhonda chose to serve God, and has continued since 1988. She, however, suffered for many years with deep depression, after loosing four of her family members during a six year period, through a series of traumatic events, one of them being the murder of her father (because of drugs) and the death of her husband, son, and brother.
God brought Forest and Rhonda together in 1993 and together they have formed a powerful ministry team in which they each use their experiences to teach others about the powerful healing of God’s love.
I had felt the call for many years to get involved in prison ministry. Having never been addicted to drugs nor alcohol, it was the pain I had been subjected to as a child. My mother was labeled severe manic depressive and was abusive. Most of my childhood memories of her were that of having to leave her at the State Mental Hospital out of her mind. I can remember seeing her with a knife trying to kill my father. I knew what it was like to go to sleep crying for my mother. My father did the best he could for a single parent and brought me up with a strong faith in God.
Not really knowing where to start I began praying for God to open the door for me to get behind bars to those who were hurting. In October 2004 we moved to Arkansas and in 2007 God led my husband and I to Windsong Ranch. God knew I would need to work with love, and minister to the wounded ones before being equipped to handle life behind bars. We then made the decision to answer the call to help the hurting. We moved to the Ranch to live with the guys for about 6 months. Then, we moved to the church to help in overseeing Wings of Eagles, the women's facilty, for about 4 months. Even though I do not live with them any longer, the burden has since only grown stronger and has led me to Pulaski County Jail where I have been now for over a year reaching out to those who cannot get to me. I feel this is an extension of the ministry at Windsong. I am certified to teach the A.C.T.S. classes, Anger Management, and I am a volunteer at Pulaski County Jail in Little Rock, AR where I teach weekly. As a part of Windsong I help with the scheduling each week; work with the ladies and help where I'm needed.