Having been called at the tender age of six years old, Pastor Parris dreamed he would be a pastor one day. That dream fueled a passion in him that is fast becoming evident in his establishment of the Agape Community Bible Church in late June of 2009. Having been born in the small military town of Fort Polk near Leesville, Louisiana , Parris grew in the knowledge of God’s Word, being trained by his father, who himself, led his first congregation there.
At age 22, young Parris met his wife Chantell, while attending the University of Houston. Having been drawn in by his sound handling of God’s Word, and their mutual knowledge that God’s destiny drew them together, they were married less than a year later. Shortly, afterward, Pastor Parris was called to serve as an associate minister of Liberty Baptist Church, where he periodically preached Sunday messages and also led church-sponsored marriage and financial conferences.
In early 2002, upon his father’s request, Parris agreed to join his father at Charis Chapel Bible Church, where he also attended Charis Theological Seminary. By 2006, his wife having borne him three beautiful children, Isaac, Daniel and Parker, he received his Masters of Theology. That same year, upon his ordination, he was invited to serve as Youth Pastor at Charis Bible Church while simultaneously teaching as Professor of Apologetics in the seminary where he received his theological training. At age 31, having served in those capacities for two years, he began to be overwhelmingly convicted that the time was ripe for him to fulfill God’s call on his life to pastor his own congregation, as three years prior, God’s vision had launched him forward to file paperwork to establish what is currently the Agape Community Bible Church.
In faith, he began holding Bible studies in his home on Wednesday evenings. Shortly thereafter he secured the gym at Arizona Fleming Elementary School, where on June 28, 2009, without fanfare, the very first service was held. Five families were in attendance that day, but while Agape Community Bible Church is a small and very young congregation, it is looking forward to phenomenal growth because its heart is huge as it endeavors to show love to the Body of Christ by reaching out to her community and evangelizing the city abroad through the application of God’s Word, through “Family, Edification and Doctrinal Sanctification”.
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