Daniel Clements, Dawn Clements, Kim Hinton, Cody Hinton​ (left to right)

By BCI Staff

On March 14, Paragon Church in Grinnell was honored as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce. While this award often recognizes an individual who devotes significant time and effort to community service in Grinnell, the Chamber chose to recognize Paragon Church as a group for their contributions to the community.

Chamber Director Rachael Kinnick said, “This year we recognize a group of people led by two individuals who are passionate, caring and resourceful. While fairly new to the community, they have become incredibly involved and truly want to do their part to help make Grinnell a better community.”

Church planters Cody Hinton and Daniel Clements have led the new congregation to serve in many events throughout the city, including the Grinnell Games where they filled more than 30 volunteer shifts. Paragon Church has also helped other Grinnell organizations in times of need.

Kinnick added, “They have become our organizations go-to group when needing volunteers because they give so freely of their time and talents, and they have truly been the reason many of our events over the past two years have been so successful.”

Hinton said, “While we do not serve our city for the awards or accolades this award was encouraging and an affirmation that our great group of people are doing what God has called us to do.”

Paragon Church was planted by New Heights Church in 2016 with a desire to see the community and Grinnell College students reached with the message of Jesus.

Chase Abner, BCI’s Lead Church Planting Catalyst, said, “Paragon is a great example of a church seeking to both proclaim and embody the good news of Jesus within their city. Their message is clear and they serve like it is true.”