Born a coal miner’s daughter in Benton IL, 1939, Marilyn Parks, graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with an elementary teaching degree.
Marilyn gave her life to Jesus at the young age of six and has traveled a variety of paths in the
Sunday School Teacher (Adult)
Elementary Public School Teacher
Real Estate Agent; bought and sold properties
Rend Lake College Foundation
Board of Trustees for Morthland College
Continuing on her path of life learning, Marilyn, at the age of 70, enrolled at Biola University in La
Mirada, California, to pursue a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics. She graduated in 2013 with
Among her many gifts and talents, Marilyn’s seamstress skills enabled her to make her own wedding
dress that she wore as she married her husband, Robert Parks, MD, of 58 years. They have been blessed with
a son and a daughter, 5 grandchildren - 4 boys and 1 special girl, and 4 sweet, great grandchildren.
Marilyn’s adventure has turned another corner as she joins her brother, Curt Scarborough, in the
opening of Crossfire Christian College. The main campus is on the grounds of her estate, Crescent Lake
Farm, Mt Vernon, IL.
Marilyn’s gifts of hospitality and encouragement continue to bless many as she shares the wealth of her
Christian faith. The true desires of Marilyn, and her husband Dr. Bob, is to leave a legacy to their family, friends, and to those they haven’t had a chance to meet yet.