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Parrish Davenport
Minister of Music

Parrish Davenport is the Minister of Music at the St. Paul Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and no stranger to community outreach. His passion for Music & Fine Arts has been evidenced through a variety of projects, encompassing ministry and productions in Theatre and Mime, and composing of, as well as directing of, music for several diversified groups. His music journey began at the young age of eight, in the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, where he served as director of the youth choir. As his experience in music flourished, he began to branch out and explored fine arts through the ministry of mime. In 1998, he formed a community mime ministry for his peers called,“Anointed Mime Ministry of Pittsburgh.” In 2010 his first musical stage play, “The Company You Keep” premiered in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at the Creative Arts of Performing Arts School and featured many performers from the local gospel community. Currently he is the Founder & Executive Director of the Family & Friends Initiative, which is a new community organization with the mission to transform lives through holistic ministry.  This initiative offers an approach through music and fine arts, together with community outreach to advance development of the community workforce. Parrish enjoys serving the community and offering any of his services to help those in need. Outside of the music department, Parrish is the Co-Owner and Operational Manager of “Events by Elaqui” an event planning company located in Pittsburgh. “In any project I’m involved in, I just want people to see God and not Parrish.” Parrish Davenport was licensed into the gospel ministry on Wednesday March 14, 2018, where he preached his “initial sermon” from the gospel book of Mark 4:37-40 entitled, “I’ve been too Blessed to Doubt God Now!” 

Denise Lamar
Church Secretary

In the beginning of 2017, sister Denise Lamar accepted the position of Church Secretary for the St. Paul Baptist Church. Sister Lamar is responsible for and oversees everything that happens in our front office. In addition, she also organizes Pastor Tinor’s schedule. Sister Denise Lamar is lifetime resident of the city of Pittsburgh. She is married to Deacon Joseph Lamar, and she is the mother of two adult children. Having worked for 36 years in mental health, she retired from Allegheny County in 2012. She was the Director of the Drama Ministry for 12 years at Ebenezer Baptist Church, having presented at Pittsburgh’s Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Kelly-Strayhorne Theatre, and also in Wiesbaden, Germany. As an assistant to Pastor Tinor, she likes to say that God tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Here’s a gift for you. A job that doesn’t feel like one with people who feel like family.”