Reverend Wendell H. Paris, Jr. was born the youngest of four children to Wendell and Almeta Paris. He was baptized at a young age, and as a member of the First Baptist Church of Livingston, AL, he began serving the Lord. He completed under-graduate studies at Tuskegee University. During his senior year at Tuskegee he accepted God’s call to ministry and enrolled at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School of Rochester, NY. There he earned the Master of Divinity degree, focusing on ethics and theology.
He was licensed into the gospel ministry at Mount Olivet Baptist Church of Rochester, NY, under the pastorate of Reverend Dwight Cook, D. Min. Thereafter, he moved to Miami, FL to serve as a Pastoral Associate at Mount Tabor Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend George E. McRae, D. Min.
Reverend Paris served as the Supervisor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Minorities Over-coming the Virus through Education, Responsibility, and Spirituality, Incorporated (M.O.V.E.R.S., Inc.), a community based organization established from the church’s HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse ministries.
Reverend Paris continued his loving pursuit of theological education and formation by enrolling at Christian Theological Semi-nary as a candidate for the Master of Theological Studies degree. Upon completing his pursuit, he relocated to New York City and served as Pastor of the Christian Education, Healthcare, Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS and Outreach Ministries at the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, NY, under Rev. Gary V. Simpson, D. Min.
He was ordained to gospel ministry at Mount Tabor Baptist Church of Miami, FL in July 2005. He served as University Chaplain and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Florida Memorial University from January 2007 to January 2015. Reverend Paris is now a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate in Practical Theology at Saint Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla. He will defend his dissertation project in August 2017.
Reverend Paris is a member of several professional, ecclesial and community organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, American Baptist Churches, Inc., the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., and the Family Impressions Foundation, Inc.
On January 31, 2017 Reverend Paris was appointed as Senior Pastor at Mount Tabor Baptist Church and Will be installed on April 30, 2017.
Reverend Paris has been blessed beyond measure with twin boys, George Nicholas and Wendell, III.