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Meet Our Pastoral Team

 

Shawn Paris

Senior Pastor

Pastor Shawn Paris serves as the senior pastor of the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church. He brings with him a passion to help families become …Read More

Pastor Shawn Paris serves as the senior pastor of the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church. He brings with him a passion to help families become spiritually and relationally healthy, as well as a passion for evangelism, church growth, and youth ministry.

Pastor Shawn (as the congregation affectionately knows him) has served the Seventh-day Adventist denomination on both coasts of the United States. He began his pastoral ministry full-time nearly fifteen years ago with the Northern California Conference. While there he pastored in a wide variety of churches and gained a wealth of experience that serves him to this day. In 2008 Pastor Shawn moved to Maryland to serve as the youth pastor of the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring. Then in July of 2013 he officially began his ministry with the Atholton congregation.

When asked what he likes best about the Atholton congregation, Pastor Shawn says, “I love the fact that our church is multicultural. But even more than that, I love that they are intentional about celebrating the different cultures as well as working hard to incorporate the flavor of each culture into all aspects of church life.”

Pastor Shawn is accompanied in life by his wife Michelle and two daughters, Julianne and Stephanie. Together they enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, bicycling, and just about anything that gets them outdoors. In addition to his ministry, Pastor Shawn is passionate about woodworking and dreams of building his own cedar strip canoe in the near future. 

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John Rengifo

Associate Pastor

Pastor John Rengifo is our Associate Pastor with special responsibility for church growth and nurture. A native of California, Pastor John has his …Read More

Pastor John Rengifo is our Associate Pastor with special responsibility for church growth and nurture. A native of California, Pastor John has his bachelor's degree from Southern Adventist University and Masters of Divinity from Andrews University. Pastor John has served in the Pennsylvania and Oregon Conferences and is delighted to be here in the Chesapeake Conference serving the congregation at the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 2005 he married Denny and they now have three children, a dog and a cat.

Building relationships, leading people to Jesus with a youthful enthusiasm, and a humble spirit are hallmarks of Pastor John's ministry. He loves the outdoors, jogging, music, and meeting new people.

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