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Shawn Paris Appointed Community Services Director

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Paris will continue to serve in his current role as Camp Ministries and Missions director.

Shawn Paris has been appointed as the next Community Services director for Chesapeake Conference. The Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee voted to make the appointment on Jan. 23, filling the position previously held by Ignacio Goya, who accepted a call to Andrews University last year.

Paris will also continue to serve in his current role as Camp Ministries and Missions director. 

Jerry Lutz, Chesapeake Conference president, said Paris is uniquely qualified for his new role: “Having served as a pastor in three church districts of our conference, Shawn has developed a clear understanding of the many physical and spiritual needs throughout our territory, including disaster preparedness training for our churches and schools and how to develop and maintain a CS outreach ministry in a local community,” Lutz said. “He will be working closely with churches and area/regional CS coordinators to further enhance the effectiveness of the important work of meeting the needs of people who are trying to cope with some of the most difficult challenges of life.”

In describing his vision for his new role, Paris emphasized two significant areas of focus: ensuring the conference is ready to respond to future disasters and equipping churches to run impactful community service ministries in their own territory. 

“Our key role here at the conference is to support the local church, the local school, and the local community because that’s where things happen,” Paris said. 

Paris will officially begin his new responsibilities on Feb. 1.

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