Elder Paul Hoover is the chief executive officer of Upper Columbia Conference. He is the leader of the membership and is responsible for the coordination of all the various avenues of church work. He is passionate about calling each member to share the life they have in Christ.
Organizationally, Hoover serves as chairperson of the Conference Executive Committee along with serving as chair or member of many boards for church-related institutions.
Hoover grew up around the world, as his father was in the U.S. Army and his mother a citizen of Great Britain. He was baptized into the Adventist church in 1977 in Tampa, Fl. Later that year Hoover traveled to Southern Missionary College, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor's degree in Theology and then from Andrews University in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree. He served as pastor in the Kentucky-Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia-Cumberland Conferences.
In 1991 he accepted a call to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference and pastored the Smyrna-King Springs Church and Calhoun, GA Church. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University in 2001.
Hoover enjoys running, golf, road biking and spending time with his family. His wife Patti is a registered nurse. They have two sons.