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.