Paul was born in Murfreesboro, TN, but most of his childhood was spent in Yokohama, Japan, as a missionary kid. His mother led him to the Lord using John 3:16 when he was 5 years old. Although Paul never felt called into pastoral or missionary work, in college he developed a passion for Biblical studies, which was amplified as he pursued graduate degrees, along with a realization that he really enjoyed teaching, researching, and writing. In 2014, after finishing his doctorate in New Testament, the Lord gave him a great opportunity to teach at BCM just as his parents were retiring from the mission field and coming to minister at Falls Baptist.
Before coming to BCM, Paul had been involved in teaching part-time at a couple different institutions. In the local church, He was involved in various ministries, including youth work and occasional preaching. He joined the BCM faculty in August 2014 as a professor of Bible and ancient languages. At FBC, Paul is the supervisor for 7th-8th grade youth; he teaches the occasional FIT class and helps produce Sunday School material.
Paul has published three books: his revised dissertation Foreknowledge and Social Identity in 1 Peter (Wipf&Stock), Where Is your Allegiance: The Message to the Seven Churches (Energion), and 1 Peter in the Lexham Bible Guide series for Logos (Lexham Press). In addition, Paul has been published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals, including Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, The Bible Translator, Evangelical Quarterly, etc. He yearly presents papers at academic conferences.
Paul is an avid fan of baseball, coffee, and reading (if the Lord had not called him to teach Bible, Paul would probably be teaching Shakespeare somewhere!). In his role as professor, Paul earnestly desires to challenge the students of BCM and BTS to become Berean Christians (Acts 17:11) who immerse themselves in Scripture but also test doctrine against God’s Word (1 John 4:1). He is delighted to work at BCM and BTS because the leadership is in tune with the Spirit and devoted to prayer, and the student body is sensitive to the Spirit and eager to learn.