Dr. Paul C. Pryor, Intentional Interim Minister

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Dr. Paul C. Pryor is an intentional interim minister with 26 years of ministerial experience.  He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, Texas and has served churches in Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, Virginia, Montana, and California.  Dr. Pryor’s wide range of experience in working with churches across the country gives him a unique understanding of the dynamics of congregations going through transition.  While the temptation for many in the congregation is to rush to find a “settled” minister, Dr. Pryor sees this in between time as a special period of grace; a time of prayer and discernment in which the congregation is drawn closer together and closer to God.  The interim period gives the congregation the time it needs to reflect on its past accomplishments while looking forward to the next chapter of its life.

Paul is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army following high school and served two of his four years of service in Viet Nam.  It was while in the Army that he met his wife, Patricia.  They were married on the day he was discharged.  Paul worked as a carpenter in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. until he felt called to ministry.  It was then that he moved his family to Springfield, Missouri where he attended Central Bible College.  Upon completion of his undergraduate degree they moved to Ft. Worth, TX where he began his studies at Texas Christian University.  It was there that he became acquainted with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which resulted in his long career with the denomination.

Over the years Paul’s love of God and the church has grown as he has dedicated himself to helping congregations live out their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul’s belief is that it is through the ministry of the local church that the work of God becomes most evident.

Dr. Pryor has three daughters and six grandchildren.  His wife, Patricia, passed away in 2009.