In March of 1953, several people met at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church located at 22nd & Olive, KC MO. Paradise Missionary Baptist Church was subsequently organized by a meeting moderated by Rev. J.E. Lloyd. This newly organized body of Christ called Rev. N.S. Brown as it's first Pastor & held it's initial worship services on 18th & Grove at a Masonic Hall.
Under the Pastorate of Rev. Brown, worship services were later moved to a rented building at 9th & Woodland and finally to 1301 E 10th St KC MO. Rev Brown's four year tenure ended at this location when he was called to another Pastorate in Cleveland Ohio.
On Nov 8, 1957, Rev. L.B. Jones was called to tend the flock at Paradise. The Salvation Army purchased the 10th st facility and another building was rented at 2012 E 25th st, while the Church was saving to purchase land and build at 43rd & Indiana. During 1963, the church property on Indiana was purchased and sold to the KC MO School District before a building could be erected. In 1967, the church purchased a building at 41st & Michigan under the leadership of Rev. L.B. Jones who served fourteen years before leaving to Pastor in Washington D.C.
Rev. James Glasgow was called as Pastor of Paradise in Oct. of 1971. In 1975, the property at 41st & Michigan was sold to the MO State Highway Department and the facility at 5743 Paseo was purchased. The Parsonage was purchased in 1976. Rev. Glasgow remained Pastor until April 1983. Rev. James R. Glasgow departed this live on Feb. 22, 1993.
Rev. Jeff Ashley served as Pulpit Conductor both in 1971 and 1983 in the absence of a Pastor.
In Oct.1983, Rev. L.V. McKenzie received instruction from the Lord to lead the Flock at Paradise. Within six years the church Mortgage at 5743 Paseo was paid off. On Oct. 31, 1985, the Church purchased it's currently facility at 1600 E. 58th st. Under the leadership of Rev. McKenzie, the Paradise Missionary Baptist Church grew tremendously in size and maturity.
Rev. I.V. McKenzie served the Paradise Missionary Baptist Church for fifteen and half years. On Mar. 11, 1999, Rev McKenzie departed this life. The Associate Ministers provided during the absence of a Pastor.
On Feb. 6, 2000, Rev. Michael C. Phillips was called to Pastor the Paradise Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Phillips is currently still leading the flock at Paradise.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is , and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regeneration Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the work of God, self examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that in inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the /gospel, and of the Means of /grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the member of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine , are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe the Scripture teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final stat of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.