Tampa is only one part of a much bigger ministry picture.
Paradise Community Church is more than a single church as you may understand the word 'church'. Many people think singular location focused on insiders. We are a ministry with active and ongoing ministry in several directions. One of those is in our founding Pastor's home town, Baltimore City.
GEM Baltimore is a youth program in East Baltimore committed to changing lives and providing hope. We focus on the Gospel, Education & Mentoring.
Our full-time missionary, Ms. Colleen Smith, has lived in the McElderry Park neighborhood (East Baltimore) for nearly 13 years ministering to the needs of families, children, homeless, those in recovery, and prostitutes. She is our "Mother Theresa of Baltimore" and we are honored to extend our ministry in Baltimore with her amazing leadership and example.
As another expression of our continued local ministry to Baltimore, we have assisted in the planting of "The Gathering Church". Pastor Tyrell served as our Associate Pastor for a number of years before stepping out with a core team from Paradise. We were blessed to ordain this brother and celebrate the commissioning of this great church.
Pastor Tyrell is one of three church planters we have sent out in our history. The others were in East Baltimore and Kenya, Africa.
In 2013, after a visit by the Pastor, some Elders and members of the church, undertook a collection of projects in Kenya, East Africa. The projects were concentrated in two locations; the Kibera slum in Nairobi and the tiny community of Muhuru Bay in the western part of Kenya. From those humble beginnings, Captivate Global now has an award winning school serving over 200 students, a feeding program, medical support, livestock distribution, a community market, and many other tangible expressions of the gospel. With our local partner church (Started by a member of Paradise Community) we are seeing many people have their physical needs met and ultimately meet the One who loves them most, Jesus.