Assistant Professor, Social Work Program Director, Mort. Sci., Social Work Program. Also, Pastor of Believers International Church in Erie, PA. He has a Dr. in Education. He is an education consultant, strategic planning coach and mentor. He has developed an Elijah-Elisha ministry that prepares young adults to become men. He also has an extensive background in Prison Ministry.

Parris J. Baker, PhD., MSSA, Assistant Professor & Director, Social Work, Mortuary Science, and Gerontology Programs, Department of Criminal Justice & Social Work, Gannon University. Dr. Baker is also a faculty member with the Erie Psychological Consortium Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Program and the Erie Bible College.

He received his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in social work from Gannon University, Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work respectively. Dr. Baker is the first African-American tenured professor in the history of Gannon University.

An ordained minister, Dr. Baker is pastor of Believer’s International Worship Center, Inc., and founder and director of Men of Valor Ministries, Inc., the Abba Fathers Program. Research interests include fathering and fatherhood, African-American fathers, incarcerated fathers, and non-custodial fathers, community and teenage violence, childhood poverty, cultural diversity, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Baker has co-authored fatherhood curricula: Foundations of Fatherhood, Long Distance Dads, and the Abba Fathers Program. The Fathers Workshop curriculum has been used by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Erie Community Corrections Center (Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance), New Life City Mission, and in father support groups across the country.



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