Before joining a church, people want to know who the pastor is. Where is he from? What kind of training does he have?
Pastor Paul originally planned to be a teacher. He studied literature and history at the University of Michigan and Wayne State. He earned his B.S. there and did student teaching in Detroit.
Although he enjoyed teaching high school English, Pastor Paul began to sense that
God was preparing him to teach something yet more important -- the Bible. To prepare for the work of a pastor, Paul and his wife, Nora, moved to Illinois where he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Trinity Seminary.
After seminary the Manwillers moved to Paul's home state, Alaska. There Paul pastored a church in a remote town on Alaska's coast. Then the Manwillers moved back to Michigan in 1992 where Pastor Paul started Hope Community Church.
Pastor Paul envisions a church that will meet the needs of people in this area who need a church home. People with serious questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. People who enjoy learning and growing in their spiritual life.