Dr. Rob Paul

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY - I have been married to my best friend since July of 1984.  Melanie and I have raised two incredible children - Emily and Robert, who are both graduates of Samford University in Birmingham.  Robert has given us a wonderful daughter-in-law named Amanda.  Together. they  have given us our second granddaughter, Agnes, who was born June 25, 2017.  Emily is married to Brooks Dunn who has given us a step-grandson named Braeden.  Emily and Brooks also gave us our first granddaughter, Evelyn, who was born July 24, 2016.  Melanie and I have three fur-babies- Nate, an adorable black lab who thinks he's a human; Baxter, our inside kitty; and Malaya, our outside kitty.


WHERE WERE YOU BORN? - I was born in Enterprise, a small town of about 25,000 people in southeast Alabama.  Enterprise is known for the Boll Weevil Monument and is the home of Fort Rucker and the US Army Aviation Center.  I grew up riding my bicycle all over town and trudging through the woods from morning until the sun went down.


WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL? - I have bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Troy University, and I completed one year of PhD work at the University of Alabama before God called me into ministry.  I also have a Master of Divinity degree in preaching and a Doctor of Ministry degree in church growth from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.


HOW DID YOU MEET MELANIE? - We met at McDonald's.  Melanie says that makes it sound like we were both working there, but we were not.  We had both gone with mutual friends for a late-night hamburger.  We ended up seated across from each other and had a great time talking.  I finally got the courage to ask her out on a date, and she said yes.  The rest is history!


WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO AWAY FROM MINISTRY? - Melanie and I literally do everything together.  We both love to read.  We both love to snow ski.  We both love to run.  And we both love to sit on the back porch, eat grilled food and listen to music.  Don't tell anyone, but sometimes - when no one is looking - we might even dance to the music!


WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING MINISTRY AT FBC? - My favorite part of my job is getting to work with a great staff and lead the church to do significant ministry here in our community and all around the world.  I love everything about preaching, and I absolutely adore the opportunity to love  and challenge our people to spiritual growth.


WHAT IS THE GREATEST SPIRITUAL TRUTH YOU HAVE DISCOVERED? - You can trust the heart of God!  He is faithful.  He loves you.  And you can trust him!


TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T KNOW - I have been a college administrator and instructor, and I am a licensed fork lift driver.  You didn't see that one coming, did you?