Liz grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, a few blocks from the Penn State campus. The youngest of five children and the only girl, she is thankful she survived.
After graduating from PSU with a degree in theatre, Liz moved to Manhattan. During nearly a decade in the city she performed in Off Off Broadway venues, worked a variety of ‘make do’ jobs, and fell in love with the Episcopal Church.
During that decade Liz also lived and worked for a year in a therapeutic community in Nottingham, England.
While at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, she met and married fellow seminarian Andy Parker. They served churches in Abilene, Amarillo, and Lake Jackson, and raised three sons: Will, Ben and Caleb. Her accomplished sons and their families are her greatest joys.
Liz, who was widowed in 2018, currently works at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church here in Houston. She was first drawn to community life in 1977, when her church in NYC sent her to visit the Church of the Redeemer in East Houston, where many in the congregation chose to live in community. Little did she imagine life would bring her full circle back to East Houston. Liz likes to read, play games, swim, travel, look at art and sometimes paints, collages and assembles art herself.