Reverend Alton E Paris
Reverend Paris is a retired Itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Having been a pastor for twenty (20) years, he retired at 2009 Annual Conference of the North Texas Annual Conference, Tyler presiding Elder's District. After his retirement, Reverend Paris joined the Wade Chapel AME Church of Hillsboro Texas and serves on the ministerial staff and as Webmaster for the Wade Chapel Web Site.
Reverend Paris is married to Sister Sara Paris and they have two children, Courtenay Ruth Paris and JohnPaul Alton Paris. Reverend is also the father of three children, Mr. Michael C. Paris of Springfield IL, Rodney M. Paris of Hearne TX and Ronald Paris (deceased) in his first marriage to Mrs. Margie L. Paris.
During his pastorial ministry, Reverend Paris served at Quinn Chapel - Denison TX (Associate), St. Paul AME Church - Honey Grove, TX, Cornerstone AME Church - The Colony, TX (Founding Pastor), Quinn Chapel AME Church Denison TX, and retired from the Macedonia AME Church of Kaufman Texas.
Reverend Paris also served the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church from 1981 to 1989. He was licensed to preach at the Hill Chapel CME Church, Plano Texas, the late Reverend E. E. Jagours, Pastor. In 1982, he was ordained Deacon and assigned Pastor of the Western Beauty CME Church, Whitewright TX and the St. Paul CME Church, White Rock TX. In 1984, he was ordained Itinerant Elder by the late Bishop C.D. Coleman, Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District, CME Church.
During the 1988-89 Conference year, Reverend Paris surrendered his CME Credentials to the late Reverend Alto L Brown, Presiding Elder, Northeast TX Conference AME Church and joined the Quinn Chapel AME Church of Denison TX. In August 1989, having received Letters of Good Standing from the late Bishop C. D. Coleman, Presiding Bishop of the Eighth Episcopfal District, CME Church, Reverend Paris was re-obligated and ordained Itinerant Elder in the AME Church during the Northeast Texas Annual Conference (1989), convening in Athens Texas, under the leadership of the late Bishop J. Haskell Mayo, Presiding Bishop, Reverend William Vaughn,Jr. Pastor, and the late Alto L Brown Presiding Elder. He was assigned pastor of the St. Paul AME Church of Honey Grove Texas.
During the 1989-90 Conference year, Reverend Paris and the late David Glass by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, with the blessings of the late Presiding Elder Alto L. (AL) Brown and the late Bishop Robert Lee Pruitt, founded the Cornerstone AME Church in The Colony Texas. Cornerstone was brought to and became an AME Church in the North Texas Conference, Bishop John Richard Bryant, Presiding Prelate, Tenth Episcopal District. The church grew and acquired vaulable property during the pastorate of Pastor Paris.
Reverend Paris is retired from the United States Air Forces, serving in various asignments from April 1952 during the Korean War to Viet Nam, June 1972
After retiring from the Air Force, Reverend Paris joined Texas Instruments as a Design Engineering Technician. After working in various engineering positions at Texas Instruments during a twenty-five (25) year career, he retired as a Senior Technical Writer for Texas Instruments Software Business. After retiring from Texas Instruments, Reverend Paris became a full-time AME Pastor at Macedonia AME Church in Kaufman Texas.