Pastor Paul was appointed to First UMC July 2019.
Pastor Paul was raised on a dairy farm as one of eight children, graduating from Eastwood in Correctionville/Cushing in Iowa. On June 23, 1979 he married Sandy and continued dairy farming with his youngest brother. While serving as UMYF sponsors in Cushing, he received his call to ministry.
He then attended Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa in preparation for ministry. While attending Westmar, he served the Seney UMC as a student-pastor. After graduating from Westmar he then attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. While attending Iliff he also served two small rural churches in Northeast Colorado. He graduated in 1994 and was ordained as an elder in the church by Bishop Jordan in 1996 and has served nine churches since.
Since returning to Iowa (God's Country) he has served in Bedford, Kingsley, Ogden and Garner.
He has served on various district and conference committees such the District Committee on Ordained Ministry as chairman and as the trainer for the Conference Disaster Response Committee as well as other committees.
Pastor Paul and his wife, Sandy, have one son, Luke.