Dr. Paul Hoover serves as president of the Upper Columbia Conference. Paul serves the mission of the conference in collaboration with the conference membership. In addition, he provides spiritual and administrative leadership to the pastors, teachers and conference staff for the fulfillment of the gospel message in the conference territory.
Paul grew up in various places around the world, as his father was in the US Army and his mother a citizen of Great Britain. He was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1977 in Tampa, FL. Paul felt called to ministry and attended Southern Missionary College where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 1983 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University in 2001. He has served in the Kentucky-Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia Cumberland Conferences prior to accepting the call to Upper Columbia Conference in 2013.
Paul is married to Patti, who is a registered nurse. They love spending time with their two sons, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. Paul's primary passion is sharing the good news of a life in Christ and serving God's kingdom. He enjoys running, golf, and road biking.
Paul's life Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11-12, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you." Paul and Patti are both humbled and honored to serve the Upper Columbia Conference and the dedicated members of this great conference.