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2005 - Jordan Parmer

Monday, June 9, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma Christian University is proud to feature Jordan Parmer in the Alumni Spotlights section of AlumNews. Jordan Parmer graduated OC in 2005 and is currently a Software Developer withESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute).

Degree(s)? Bachelor of Science

Major? Computer Science

What are you most known for? Devotion to what I love, determination to do my best, and piping hot pumpkin pancakes.

What is your true calling? Learn through experience and teach people from experience.

How'd you find this calling? Just kind of happens whether it be work, church, friends, or family. I have a knack for learning things the hard way. ;^) The most important thing is prayer to be instrumental for the Lord's purpose. Surrendering yourself to His will makes for one wild ride...a road worth taking.

What is your biggest personal or professional achievement so far? Personally, marrying my wonderful wife, Christi (Rettig), and bringing our son, Luke, into the world. Professionally, working hard and getting the job I've always dreamed about. If you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life.

What is your proudest moment? Getting to catch our son with my hands and declaring, "It's a boy!!!"

What is the biggest professional or personal hurdle that you've overcome? Fear and lack of courage. Through the Lord's strength, wife's support, and family's love, all things are possible.

What is something people should know about you that is not on your resumé? Never missed a day of high school -- yep, that lame!

Life's motto? Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

Your inspiration? My parents have been by far the greatest inspiration in my life. They taught me never to take the easy route, to stand up for what is good, holy, and right, and to never take life too seriously - it really is that funny.

Teamwork or fly solo? Both. Growing up I always flew solo. I think it is important to know who you are, what you are capable of, and how far you can push your limits (coming to the realization that God has to be the center of it all). After starting a family, working as a team is imperative. Everyone in the family knows, the goal is to get us all to Heaven.

How do you plan to self improve? To not get worked up about the small stuff but to keep everything in focus. Its easy for me to lose perspective and need to get my head re-aligned.

What advice do you have for future generations? Always trust in the Lord, do everything out of love, and remember to laugh.

Causes you support? Teaching youth how to find good role models and pattern their lives after those people.

How do you spend your down time? Down time? How do I get some of that?

Passions and diversions? Hanging out with the family, reading, and "geeking-out".

Stress relievers? Prayer, hanging out with my family, and taking a tranquil walks.

What's next for you? Keep learning. One day I want to become a college professor, write a book, and travel about starting new ministries (in whatever order happens first). 

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