Since the early 2000s my brother Ken Parks has claimed to be the leader of his unregistered “ETC Ministries” that he’s advertised and promoted on the Internet. He’s registered on Facebook and Spreely; he’s most likely on other social media sites as well, using any variety of names and identities.
Since 2000 my brother Ken Parks has used multiple social media sites to libel and defame me, Paulette Buchanan, and my husband Scott Buchanan, accusing us of crimes we’ve never committed. He’s also succeeded in getting his cult followers to join him in defaming, stalking, and harassing us. Since about 2019 he has claimed we’re members of a cult, which is ridiculously untrue. In 2021, after we won judgments, injunctions, and other court orders against him, my brother Ken Parks began claiming that my husband and I are being sued, and that we’re committing insurance fraud. No, we’re not being sued by anyone, and no, we’ve never committed insurance fraud, or any other crime. These are the typical, unending ridiculous lies that my brother Ken Parks has ceaselessly spewed all over the Internet against us and many others since 2000.
Since about 2015 my brother Ken claimed to have a second “Ministry” (also unregistered) that he calls “Simplicity of Christ Ministries” (or “SOC Ministries”). Since about 2017 (to the best of our knowledge) he’s claimed to be a “Stephen Minister.” Stephen Ministries, based in St. Louis, Missouri, does not require any kind of criminal background search nor do they require any kind of personal references when it comes to granting certificates naming anyone as a Stephen Minister. In other words, convicted rapists or convicted child molesters can easily become “Stephen Ministers.” So there is no validity whatsoever to anyone getting a Stephen Ministries certificate or referring to him or herself as a Stephen Minister. What is most disturbing is that, as the photo from my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ Facebook page depicts, he refers to himself as “Max Parks.” If any “church” or other organization claiming to grant Stephen Ministries certificates did due diligence and conducted a criminal and civil background check, there are no records (to the best of our knowledge) under “Max Parks,” but a thorough background check under my brother’s real name — Kenneth Floyd Parks — would uncover criminal records/police complaints and civil judgments against him. (See police records here.)
To the best of our knowledge, my brother Ken Parks has been calling himself “Max” since the early 2000s and he began calling himself “Pastor Max”, “Pastor Ken Max Parks”, or “Pastor Ken Parks” in late 2017, claiming he was “officially ordained” at that point in time by “Pastor Joey” who at that time ran an unregistered “church” in the basement of his house. Ken Parks’ then-second wife (divorced in 2023) swore under oath in her February 22, 2019 court deposition that his “ordination” was a “joke.”
Interestingly, the day before our attorney deposed Ken Parks’ then-second wife on February 22, 2019, he posted on his Facebook account his derogatory comments aimed apparently against his then-second wife, apparently against his own marriage, and against marriage in general: