Paul Linzey was a pastor before becoming a military chaplain, and then a university professor. Retired from the Army at the rank of colonel, he is now an award-winning author, speaker, and mentor. Areas of expertise include marriage and family, religion in the military, lay ministry training, and writing contemporary nonfiction. He is available for interviews, podcasts, guest blogs, and public speaking.
Linzey graduated from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA with a BA in Biblical Studies. He completed the Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Skills at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Tampa.
In June 2020, Paul and his wife, Linda, co-founded an editing and formatting business called P&L Publishing & Literary Services to help writers who want to publish their own works. Linda was an editor for a major publisher for five years, in addition to being a university professor, so she can help those who want to submit to an agent or a traditional publisher, also.
After completing the MFA, Paul was asked to build the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree program at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He joined several writing groups and began speaking at writing conferences. For several years, he planned and implemented Southeastern University’s annual Expressions Storytelling Institute & Writers Conference, and served as a professor and Doctor of Ministry mentor in the Barnett College of Theology & Ministry.
An award-winning author, Paul has written articles for religious and military magazines, and served as an editor and writer for Life Publishers’ the Warriors Bible, published in 2014. His first book, WisdomBuilt Biblical Principles of Marriage, came out in 2019. His second book, Safest Place in Iraq, is about his military ministry in Iraq in 2007. Winner of two writing awards, it’s already available as an ebook through most bookstores, and as a print book on this site only. The General release to all bookstores is scheduled for September 2020.
Paul is currently writing a textbook on military ministry with Dr. Keith Travis of Liberty University. Their aim is to complete the book by the end of this year. Paul is also writing a book based on some of his interracial experiences, in addition to blogging and writing freelance articles on a variety of themes.
Paul and Linda have conducted marriage seminars and retreats for many years. They’ve led ministry training seminars focusing on small group development, Christian Education, and lay leadership teams.
Paul enjoys sports, music, and digital photography. He and his wife love movies, books, theater, dogs, and traveling together. Paul and Linda start and end most days with a game of backgammon and a cup of tea.
His theme Scripture is First Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we were willing to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
Paul and Linda have three adult sons, ten grandchildren, and a Beagle named Sophie. He leads a creative writing class for The Rath Senior Connextions and Education Center in Lakeland, FL, volunteers for the Florida Writers Association, and is a member of the Lakeland Christian Writers group.