St. Paul Outreach Missionary Baptist Church
St. Paul Outreach Missionary Baptist Church established in February 1978 under the leadership of the late Rev. Paul Shack, Jr., with about 30 members. The Church became very active in surrounding neighborhoods, sending out as many as five vans on Sunday mornings to pick up children who would not otherwise be in Church. In just a few years Sunday School attendance rose to more than 130.
"The Mission of St. Paul Outreach is to reach out to the lost as well as those who are otherwise less fortunate, neglected or rejected," said the Rev. William A. Shack, the current pastor and nephew of the founding pastor. "In fulfilling this mission, three programs or service were initiated - The St. Paul Outreach Recovery House to assist people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, the St. Paul Outreach Day Care Center to provide affordable child care and childhood development for working parents, and the GED Training and Certification Program to assist adult members and non-members in obtaining a High School Diploma."
A scholarship fund was also established to assist students in attending college.
During the mid 1980s, Paul Shack and members of St. Paul Outreach opened the St. Paul Outreach Boys' Homes, located on City Point Road in Verona. The home was established as a shelter for homeless boys, and provides a home environment and serves as an alternative to the institutionalization of boys between the ages of 9 and 14 years of age.
"Today the congregation of St. Paul consists of about 125 members," said William Shack. "They are loving, friends and caring people. St. Paul is a great place to serve and there is plenty of work to do."
- John Armistead