Paul received his Bachelor of Theology from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, in 1965. He received his Master of Divinity in 1969 from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky, after three years of work on it at Drake Divinity School in Des Moines. He served student pastorates in Oregon in Springfield and La Grande, in the towns of Belinda and Knoxville in Iowa, and in Richmond, Kentucky. After graduation, he served churches in Woodbine, Marshalltown, and Adel, Iowa. For 26 years he worked at Des Moines Christian School as a bus driver and later as Director of Transportation & Technology, retiring in 2010.
Paul and his wife, Donna, were married while in college and have three children. Donna also retired in 2010 after serving 29 years as an administrative assistant in the Early Education department at Des Moines Christian School. Their oldest daughter, Rhonda Nelson, works for Oracle Software in web design in California. Son Scott Nelson works for CRST in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has a young daughter, Natalie. Daughter Becky Cox lives in Van Meter, Iowa, and works as a software programmer. Her husband, Dan, has a son, Bodhi.
Paul’s part-time pastorate at Westkirk focuses on congregational care, including the Parish Deacons and the Stephen Ministry, and on developing and implementing programs for Westkirk’s Senior Adults. He also serves as a member of the Worship Commission and teaches an adult Sunday School Bible class.