Paul Smith

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Favorites

Food - Sushi

Activity – Hiking in the mountains

Sport - Football

Scripture – Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give your hope and a future.

Book – The Bible

Place in Delray – The Avenue Church

My Story

I was born and raised in Southern California.  I was a Pastor’s kid and had a Pentecostal upbringing until about age eight when my father took a position as a Christian Education Director at a Baptist church.  I remained a Baptist through high school.

I had accepted Christ at age six and was baptized at age seven.  However, I really didn’t come to a saving faith until much later in life, in my forties.

After high school I enrolled in Chapman College in Orange, California where I was to begin studying Pre-Med with a minor in Missions on grants and a scholarship I had received.  The plan was to become a Missionary Doctor.  Unfortunately, the Government rescinded the funding due to budget cuts.

I joined the US Air Force where I spent four years as a Linguist working for the National Security Agency.  I got married shortly thereafter and we moved to Florida and put my wife through college. I then started college and graduated from the University of Florida in 1998 with a degree in Building Construction.  Unfortunately, my marriage ended after 13 years.  We had no children.

I spent the next few years chasing everything but God, never finding satisfaction but always being drawn back to Him.  In my forties, the Gospel finally took hold, but I made a lot of mistakes in the process and growth has been painful, if I’m honest.  I am a recovering Legalist…a product of my early upbringing.

In 2014, I moved to Delray Beach and God led me to The Avenue Church where I found the truth of the Gospel and it’s natural outflow being lived out.  I’ve had the opportunity to lead and co-lead an MC group and serve on the Security Team.  I am blessed to be able to serve now as a Deacon.