Paul and his family started attending Grace Community Church full-time in 2007. He became an elder in 2008 and had previously been an elder and associate pastor at Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah, TN from 1996-2002. Paul and his wife Kay have been married since 1976 and have been blessed with seven children. Enoch is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and is currently serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Ethan graduated from the University of Tennessee and is married to Katie, also a graduate of UT. Caleb and Acacia are also recent graduates of the University of Tennessee. Sarah is currently attending Maryville College, Isaac is a sophomore at Maryville High School, and Aaron is in the 4th grade.
Paul graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1975 with a degree in forestry. After working for 10 years managing Timberlands for a pulp and paper company, he started his own business supplying timber products. Kay graduated from the University of Tennessee with an Elementary Education and taught Kindergarten until her last child was born. Since retiring as a school teacher, she has devoted her life to providing a Christ centered home for her family.
Paul has been involved in Bible teaching since he surrendered his life to the Lord at the age of 25. He has had a desire to help believers truly understand what it means to be a Christian and to understand the revealed truth of God’s word. A favorite passage in understanding the Christian life is Romans 12:1-2:
I urge you therefore by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Paul’s goal is to be like the Apostle Paul and to be able to say that “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” Philippians 3:8. And to be able to instill in his family and others this desire to live for God and give Him Glory.