Tally Wilgis

Lead Pastor

Hello Friend,

My name is Tally – pronounced Tall-E but if you get close, I’ll count it. The best thing about me is that I’m blessed to claim Kristy, Caleb, and Ainsley as my family.

My story began in Baltimore as the son of a single mom and a first-generation High School graduate. I later earned a degree in government and a graduate degree in theology. I’ve been blessed to start several churches in Texas, Virginia, and Maryland. In addition to my work with Paradise, I’ve had the privilege to serve as Executive Director of the Baltimore Association, a network of 85 churches in and around Baltimore, MD.

Outreach and loving others is a big part of my life’s ministry. I co-founded an inner-city youth outreach ministry called G.E.M. (Gospel. Education. Mentoring) and a foreign NGO called Captivate Global that feeds, educates, and cares for children in East Africa. I’ve seen God do amazing things in and through my life. It’s been fun. At this stage of life, I love encouraging and equipping people to chase their own God-given dreams.

Having served in ministry for over twenty years from church plants to mega-churches and all sizes in between, I’ve come to value honest genuine community above most everything else the modern church has become. I really believe that we’ve made this thing a lot more complicated than it needs to be and infinitely more complicated than Jesus requires.

I’m a fan of my friends, my hometown teams, The Raggamuffin Gospel, cornhole, diversity, 90’s rap, modern country, classic rock, and what a community of people who love God and each other can do together.

My heart is to love Jesus and my neighbor. I always want the people I love to meet Jesus so they too can fall into the arms of His grace. It’s a very freeing place to be. Thanks for reading this far. Please know that God has a purpose and a plan for you to be with Him forever in Paradise. He’s made the invitation and if any of us at Paradise Community can be part of making the connection, we’d be honored.

From one raggamuffin to another, welcome to the Paradise Community.

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