My Personal Story
HUSBAND, FATHER, COACH, & MUSICIAN
Born in the Ozark Mountains, Silas spent his first years in a small, humble dwelling his father built in the woods. His name even means “man of the forest.” One of his greatest inspirations, his Oma (Meta Parker/grandmother), lived just down the dirt road. Meta, a World War II survivor and widow, taught him love for God, joy for life, and a resilience for life’s hardships. In the late ‘70s, Silas’ father joined the military and the family moved to Central Texas in the early ‘80s. As a young teenager, Silas went out on his own to escape his parents’ complicated divorce. Finding solace in music, he traveled the West Coast performing with a band. Eventually he made his way back to Texas, settling in Austin, which he has called home since 1994.
During a magical evening at a wildlife refuge benefit in 2000, he met his wife, Marjorie. Together they have a music-loving son August, and helped raise Marjorie’s sister, Winnie, after their mother’s sudden passing. Music continues as a passion in his life, and he performs as a bass player in local Austin bands. His grandmother’s influence is still deeply there, as he reads his Bible each morning and attends the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. He also volunteers in worship services at Good Shepherd as a Eucharistic minister, worship leader, and fill-in bass player. Whenever he has the chance, Silas loves to visit his Ozark childhood home to recharge his batteries by watching the bears, deer, and other wildlife that inhabit the forest he calls his sanctuary.