Paul R. Smith, 59, born and raised in Olney, Illinois. Youngest of three children, Paul has one sister and one brother. Paul's mother passed away in 2008. His father lives in Jerseyville, IL with his 2nd wife, Joan.
Paul received his undergraduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University. He majored in Elementary and Special Education: TMH, EMH & LD.
In 1984, Paul moved from Illinois to Kansas City to attend seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology. It was then he took a student pastoral appointment which led to his staying in Missouri upon his graduation.
Paul has served 4 full-time appointments in the last 30 years. These appointments have been a mix of rural and urban local churches; as well as serving as a Campus Minister in Springfield and serving the Annual Conference as Director of Youth Ministry.
Paul has a great admiration for Church Camps. He had his first personal experience with God at camp. He also received his call to ministry at a camp. He directed camp each summer for 20 years at Wilderness Camp outside of Lawson, Missouri.
Paul loves to Preach; Teach Bible and Life Topic Studies; and be in Hands-on-Mission work. He has a passion for Israel-Palestine for both Spiritual growth and working with Christian ministries there.
Paul loves to cook and enjoys entertaining. He has fun playing pinochle and bowling. He likes to clear his head by putting the top down on his convertible, filling up the tank, packing some Diet Pepsi and wandering through the hillside and country roads seeing what mysteries will unfold.
Paul has no immediate family. He loves animals, especially dogs; and, has focused his attention on rescue pups, the latest being 2 huskies which were his faithful friends (and children) for the last 17 years.