The Parson is a charismatic major leader of the Presbylutheran faith practiced in Springfield. He is a close friend to Reverend Lovejoy, His world spiritual headquarters is in Michigan City, Indiana. His appearance and mannerisms are similar to those of Bing Crosby.
The Parson came to Springfield once, and told Reverend Lovejoy he was uncertified for a period of time. The citizens, including Helen Lovejoy, immediately started to like him. The Parson later mentioned to Reverend that he remembers when Helen was Harold Schwarzbaum.
He also brought a new minister, Elijah Hooper, to Springfield where he became much more popular than Reverend.
- The Parson appears to be patterned after Bing Crosby's Father O'Malley character from the 1944 and 1945 films Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary's.
- Episode – "Wedding for Disaster"
- Episode – "Moe Letter Blues" (Flashback)
- Episode – "Penny-Wiseguys"
- Episode – "Pulpit Friction"
- Episode – "The Nightmare After Krustmas"
- Video game – The Simpsons: Tapped Out