Luke Parker looks to religion to help him on his 9 week journey to find love
Aside from being adorable, 24-year-old Bachelorette contestant Luke Parker is a very conscientious, principled and devout Christian much like his Bachelorette lead, Hannah Brown.
In fact, in a strange twist of fate Luke’s sister in law, Hannah Parker, found out that Brown and Luke actually went to the same church while in college in Alabama — (different campuses).
In fact it was S-I-L Hannah and Luke’s brother that submitted his application hoping the lead would be Hannah Brown per an interview in the Gainesville Times.
“We didn’t know that it was going to Hannah B., but we hoped it would be,” ….. “Just because of how she handled herself … And they showed on the season, when the girls were at the house, they showed her a couple of times where she was reading her Bible, and writing in her journal and stuff.”
Luke is a member at Christ Place Church and volunteers with the college ministry and teaches Sunday school classes.
And his Brothers in Christ our rallying behind Luke despite the unorthodox process of finding love in 9 weeks on national television. His friend Mike Robertson, also teaches Sunday school at Christ Place.
“Our guys are praying for him every day,” Robertson said.
Another fun tidbit from the interview is that Luke will be taking a study guide on the book of Hebrews with him to the mansion so that he can read through the book in sync with his friends back at Christ Place.
“He wants to share his faith and he wants to share his faith on national TV,” Robertson said. “He believes God has given him this opportunity to go out there, and he doesn’t know what‘s going to happen to him there, but he’s praying for opportunities.”
Of course taking Jesus on the 9 week journey is sort of a double edged sword. His faith may help him through the process, but it also may create some challenges. S-I-L Hannah said,
“I know that it’s a reality TV show, and I’ve never been on one so I don’t know how it works, but I imagine it’s going to be kind of tough and they’re going to put him in situations to maybe try to get him to act a certain way,” ….. “So for him to stick to his guns and have character in all those situations they put him in, I think that’s going to be the toughest part.”
His brother Mike is optimistic and feels certain that win or lose, the experience is going to help his brother become a better person.
“I believe that God is using Luke,” Mike said. “I don’t know what this whole thing is going to look like for Luke at the end. It might just be one big learning experience for him. But at the end of the day, I want him to grow in maturity, I want him to grow in his faith, I want him to grow as a man and I can already see it happening.”
Well Luke will definitely be doing some ‘growing’ on the show in one way or another!
The Bachelorette Season 15 premieres Monday, May 13the on ABC.