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Elder Timothy Parker, creator of the King James Games
New Show Debuts Feb. 12 on KJLH
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Whether sharing at a gathering or simply playing alone, the King James Games makes learning the Bible big fun. As proof, more than 3 million copies have sold across the nation since the book debuted in 2007.
Its popularity has spiraled up so fast, Radio Free KJLH will debut the King James Games Show beginning Sunday, February 12, from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The remarkable interest is a pleasant surprise for Elder Timothy Parker, creator of King James Games and Crossword Editor for USA Today newspaper for the last nine years.
"I thought it would be popular because when I saw other types of puzzle books in Christian bookstores, they would typically be very small books and I really couldn't find anything that had 300 pages and really talked about scripture," said Elder Parker.
"But, I didn't imagine that it would hit Los Angeles and be as popular as it is. Radio station KJLH and Aundrae Russell of ‘Spread the Word' have been incredible in promoting it, so it's all turned out to be a great experience."
An ordained minister, Elder Parker's career flourished while creating crosswords, word games and puzzles for Universal Press Syndicate for the past 15 years as well as for USA Today. Then, something happened that made him expand his skill and talent.
"I felt the Spirit of the Lord on my heart to create the King James Games. I was having phenomenal success with the puzzles in the secular world, but I felt the Lord putting it in my spirit that a way for people to learn scripture was through puzzles. Being a minister, it just goes hand in hand, doing these Biblically based puzzles. It's a natural fit," he said.
Writing the 300-page book went faster than expected, and Elder Parker gives all credit to God for the speed. "It was very easy to complete a book of that size. I just felt the Spirit of the Lord guiding me through and it moved smoothly and almost effortlessly.
"Also, I handcrafted each puzzle so it would be teaching scripture. I feel very blessed because the Lord had chosen me for that purpose."
As result, ministries use the King James Games as both a teaching tool and fundraising mechanism and that's exactly what Elder Parker was hoping they would do.
"My number one purpose with King James Games is to get people closer to God and the second goal is help raise money for churches. All churches need choir robes, funds for youth ministries, and other things. I give churches huge discounts when they purchase books, so that when they sell the book themselves, they get to keep all the profits. "And, they're happy to sell it because it doesn't interfere with any type of doctrine. All the answers are strictly from the Bible, so they are no controversies at all. The King James Games is basically non-denominational and biblically-based."
In addition, Elder Parker and his wife give to other groups, too. He said, "We make many donations from the profits we receive. One of the organizations we support is Tom Brumbley's orphanages in Haiti. He has six Christian schools where children attend classes as well as live there."
Locally, Neil Friedman represents King James Games and travels each week around Southern California to congregations, workshops and conventions to share how the product can be an asset to any Protestant fellowship.
To learn more about King James Games, call Friedman at (203) 984-8688, email