Timothy Paul Baymon
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|Archbishop Timothy Paul|
|Patriarch of the International Communion of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church|
Archbishop Timothy Paul (born Timothy B. Baymon) is the Patriarch of the International Communion of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church. In addition to his service as Patriarch of the ICHCOC, he currently serves in his third consecutive term as President of the World Bishops’ Council, the group's body of ecumenical Bishops.
Archbishop Timothy Paul is the senior pastor of the Christian Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts and founderof Epiphany Development Corporation which in 2006 announced the planned construction of a $10 million boutique hotel at the Epiphany Tower building on State Street in that city. . As president of the Council of Churches, Paul has promoted initiatives promoting community and church concerns.. AArchbishop Timothy Paul leade the hotel project which created 250 construction jobs and 55 full time jobs, the hotel has been branded as Holiday Inn Express.
Paul is president of Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary and served in various community boards Paul is a native of Springfield. He is a member of the board of New England Partners in Faith, and in 2006, served his second term as president of the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts.
Under Paul's leadership, the World Bishops Council has stood against universalism, in one case publicly criticising the teachings of United Church of Christ Bishop Carlton Pearson, which the Council judged to be heretical. In 2013 Archbishop formed the Council for Gaming Accountability and Established the Eyes on the Streets Crime Watch. Paul signed a letter with twenty-eight other religious leaders in support of religious freedom in Iraq Representing the WBC at the United Nations' 60th DPI/NGO Conference, Paul urged Christians to "become greater stewards of the earth" by conserving energy, by reducing greenhouse gases and deforestation, and by creating public and private partnerships which will lead to renewable energy sources.
International Communion of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church
As Patriarch of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church, the movement has grown to over 4 million members around the world. Paul entered the autocephalous movement[clarification needed] and was ordained in August 1999 by Carl Jimenez, Peter Brennan, James Lagona, and Joseph Grenier. The ICHCOC established its U.S. Headquarters in Springfield following the purchase of the historic Springfield Masonic Temple, renamed the Basilica of the Holy Apostles. The church aims to offer a place where the three major streams of conservative Western Christianity (Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal) can worship together.
In the same year, Archbishop Timothy Paul lead the dedication of the former Holy Family Catholic Church for form an ecumenical cathedral of worship. Holy Family Church was renamed The Christian Cathedral. Archbishop has been listed has a religious leader in The church subsequently announced that the 500-member congregation would relocate to Maryland.
In 2016 Archbishop Timothy Paul's single "Secret Place" won best Gospel song.
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