Pastor Ishmael L. Shaw
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Rev. Dr. Ishmael L. Shaw is the esteemed pastor of the Paramount Baptist Church for the past 32 years. As the Under Shepherd of Paramount, the Lord has been using him in the growth of many ministries and increase in its membership.
During these years at Paramount, the Lord has allowed him to accomplish many achievements in the renovating of the church to its present facilities, maintaining a strong Christian Education ministry, children, youth and young adult ministry, training for teachers and leaders, yearly institute for leaders in all church ministries. Five years ago, he developed and successfully launched a four year accredited training program sponsored by the Evangelical Training Association for the membership. Fifteen students completed the program and graduated. In addition, Paramount Baptist Church stands above other churches in mission in that they maintain a regular food and clothes pantry, which is open year-round for those in need. Rev.
also started a Day Care Ministry in 1986 for ages two through four and has one of the largest Day Care Development Centers in the District of Columbia. The Day Care accommodates 80 children per week with a full-time Director. Many other ministries have been launched under his
leadership and are continuing to flourish.
Another major accomplishment under his
leadership at Paramount
was the adoption of a church in Jamaica, West Indies and assisting that congregation in the building of a new church. Rev.
has a strong desire to spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the metropolitan area and has launched his
latest mission; the building of a new ediface, which will come complete with space for all present ministries as well as other ministries, a fellowship hall and a school. The first phase of the Lifestyle Capital Stewardship Campaign started in 2010 and construction has just been completed for two floors so far. The other two floors will follow at a later date. To God be the glory for giving Rev. Shaw insight and steadfastness. So many other things have taken place under his
leadership that they are too numerous to mention.
Apart from his accomplishments, Rev. Shaw has also distinguished himself in other areas of God's Ministry through his service to several religious entities such as serving as Associate General Secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Stewardship Campaign Coordinator of the American Baptist Convention, USA, President of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, Board Member of the Extension Corporation of the General Board of the American Baptist Convention, USA and present Chairperson for the Arrangement Committee of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Rev. Shaw is a well prepared pastor in the area of theology and has degrees from Bishop College, Dallas, Texas and Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, New York. Rev. Shaw is married to First Lady Kathleen M. Shaw and they have two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and two grandchildren.