Our Pastor

Biography of Reverend, Dr. Ishmael Livingston Shaw, Pastor

Paramount Baptist Church, D.C.

Under Pastor Shaw's leadership, the membership grew significantly and many ministries were organized. Among them, a Day Care Center which has grown from a Child Development Center to an Accredited School for Pre-K/Kindergarten students as well as early learning for Toddlers. He organized a Board of Christian Education for the growth of the members, Youth and Children's Program, Scholarship Ministry, a strong Evangelical Ministry, Music Ministry, Mission Ministry and a Bible Institute. The Sunday School Department has always been an important part of his ministry and as such a great deal of emphasis was placed on establishing a large Sunday School Department. It has become one of the largest in the Washington Metropolitan area. Apart from organizing ministries, he has been involved in a three phase expansion project. The first included a 1.3 Million Dollar project that included the enlargement of the Sunday School Department by adding more classrooms, the edifice and the Christian Education Building. The second phased consisted of a 3 Million dollar project for two new parking lots and the third phase, an 8Million dollar project presently under construction for a brand new edifice, Sunday School classrooms, a large fellowship area and additional space for infants.

Pastor Shaw's career spans over a number of years where he worked in various capacities of ministry and as a pastor of the Masten Park Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York, a predominantly white congregation. Under his pastorate, he increased the membership to include African Americans, organized a children and young people's choirs. He also established a Day Care Center, Summer Youth Program, a Job's Training Program and a Recreational Program for young people of the community. He also instituted a Saturday Program and a strong community witness program. In addition, Pastor Shaw worked for the American Baptist Churches, USA in the area of Director for Fund of Renewal, Interim General Secretary for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Associate General Secretary for Field Operations for the Progressive National Convention and a Chaplain Clergy for the University of New York at Buffalo, New York.

Other organizations that Pastor Shaw was involved in included President of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, Chair of the Program Committee of the Buffalo Baptist Association, the General Board of the American Baptist Churches, USA, the American Baptist Extension Corporation and Chair of the Arrangement Committee for the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He also served as Associate Minister at the Shiloah Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois.

Pastor Shaw hails from Jamaica, West Indies and received his early education there. After migrating to the USA, he attended Bishop College and earned his undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science Degree. At Bishop College, he served as Vice President of the Student Government, a member of the Debating team and had the honor of debating Harvard University. He was President of the Minister's Lyceum and instituted a Scholarship Program for student ministers. He was named "Who is Who" among Universities and College students in USA. He earned numerous awards for academic excellence.

After graduating from Bishop College, Pastor Shaw attended Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and was a Fellow of the Protestant Foundation Fellowship. After three years, he earned his Master of Divinity Degree. While at Colgate, he was Director of the Hubert Hall Christian Education Center. He was also Associate Minister at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Rochester, New York and served under the late Rev. Dr. Leandrew Johnson. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from St. Stephens College.

Pastor Shaw is married to Kathleen M. Shaw, First Lady of Paramount. They have two sons, one is deceased and two grandchildren.