THE PARAMOUNT CHURCH was founded in 1994 by the Rev. Dwight M. Stevens, a medical doctor who practiced Dermatology with the Palm Beach Medical Group in West Palm Beach from 1977 until 1992, until his call into full-time ministry. He received a Doctorate in Theology from South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary.
The beliefs of our Protestant Non-Denominational Christian Church are centered around the Gospel: Salvation through Christ and growth of Christian character.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simply the offer of forgiveness of sins by Jesus’ shedding of His blood on the cross for each of us. This free gift of forgiveness is offered to all, but must be received individually. With that comes the promise and certainty of eternal life with God in heaven.
While here on earth, we believe God wants us to become reflective of His nature, as evidenced by the Fruit of the Holy Spirit which is defined in Galatians 5:22 as: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control. A true Christian is to display these characteristics in his or her life; therefore it is our endeavor to teach and promote the increase of these essential virtues.
The greatest of these virtues is love, defined biblically as: Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, thinks the best, does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always endures, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Our Tenets of Faith include the foundational beliefs in the infallibility of the Bible, the Trinity, the Deity of Jesus Christ, the Power of the Holy Spirit, and Water Baptism by immersion. [ over please ]
A significant part of our service consists of Praise and Worship, with a combination of traditional and contemporary music, as we believe God is to be worshiped in both reverent and joyful song. After all, the longest book in the Bible is a songbook, the Book of Psalms.
The Paramount Church is one of four Christian Churches in Palm Beach and is the only church that has successfully established itself in Palm Beach since 1926.
In addition to the Paramount Church, Pastor Stevens is involved in many local organizations and activities, including The Gathering of Men, Third World Medical Outreaches through Missions of Mercy, Inc., Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Sous Commanderie de Palm Beach, Monthly Classic Films Showings, Palm Beach Sigma Chi Alumni Club, the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews and Preservation of the Historic Landmark Paramount Theatre Building.
Everyone is welcome to join us at our Worship Services.
Our hope is that God will touch your life as you worship, hear God’s truths in the Bible, partake of communion which is offered at every service, and fellowship with others afterwards. Please join us.
Pastor Dwight M. Stevens, D.Th., M.D.
THE HISTORY of the PARAMOUNT CHURCH
The Paramount Theatre was once a Grand Picture Palace with 1,234 seats, open from 1927 to 1980, and is one of Palm Beach’s most notable architectural historic landmarks.
In 1985 the interior of the Paramount was converted into two floors of office space. The Paramount Church sanctuary is located where the original Paramount Theatre stage, screen and orchestra pit once were located.
The Paramount Church is one of four Christian Churches in Palm Beach, and is the only church that has successfully established itself in Palm Beach since 1926.
The idea was birthed in 1992 when the founder of the church, Rev. Dwight Stevens entered the full-time ministry after practicing medicine as a Dermatologist with the Palm Beach Medical Group in West Palm Beach for 15 years, from 1977 to 1992.
After searching for two years for the most suitable location, it was suggested to him to come to the Paramount. A lease was signed to open a Church in the Paramount in Suite 30, pending Town Council approval. At that time the Paramount was under receivership ownership by the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). It was only after returning from a medical mission trip to Honduras in Central America that the church found out the RTC decided to sell the building before the lease agreement was even countersigned.
To find a solution over the next nine months twenty-seven different sites were looked at in Palm Beach, but none were suitable due to various Town regulation codes. After nine months the new owners of the Paramount offered to lease Suites 31 and 32 to start a Church. Unanimous approval was granted by the Town Council and the doors of the church opened on Sunday, August 24, 1994 for the first Worship Service.
ARCHITECTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS
Construction of the sanctuary began under the guidance of noted Palm Beach architect Gene Lawrence. At that time Suites 31 & 32 were an open shell, with visible air conditioning ducts and pipes above. A ceiling was constructed, lighting fixtures placed, a video projector installed with a recessed hidden drop down screen. An altar was then built, communion rails installed, carpeting laid, sconces and lanterns designed, a cross and podium built and curtains hung.
A photographic exhibit is just outside the church sanctuary showing the construction of the church.
Eighty-year old oak pews and communion rails were donated from the abandoned United Methodist Church, today’s site of the Harriet Himmel Theater.
MILESTONES OF THE PARAMOUNT AND THE PARAMOUNT CHURCH
• 1927 The Paramount Theatre opens January 9, 1927 as a grand picture palace with 1,234 seats.
• 1980 The Paramount closes as a movie theatre June 6, 1980.
• 1985 The Paramount reopens with the interior converted to two floors of office space.
• 1993 The idea of establishing a church in the Historic Paramount theatre was born. A lease is agreed upon and signed for Suite 30 but not finalized.
• 1994 A lease is signed for Suites 31-32 and construction of the Church begins.
• 1994 Opening of the Paramount Church with first Worship Service August 24, 1994. Seating consists of five central pews and two rows of two pews on the sides.
• 1999 Expansion of the Church Sanctuary with addition of eight rows of pews, four on each back side of the sanctuary.
• 2002 As a community service, monthly classic films shown in season the first Thursday of each month, November through May.
• 2008 The Paramount Church is invited to join and participate in the Town of Palm Beach annual Thanksgiving Day Ecumenical Service.
Please Join us for our Worship Services and other Church activities.
139 North County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480