A native of Southern California, Paul Linzey graduated from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA, with a major in biblical studies. He completed the Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Tampa. Linzey was a pastor before going into the Army chaplaincy. After retiring from the Army at the rank of Colonel, he taught several years at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL.
Mentoring and training lay leaders for ministry in the local church has long been an emphasis. Even while serving in the military, he remained active in a local congregation, assisting the pastoral staff in training and supervising Christian Education volunteers, small group leaders, and visitation/outreach teams. Paul and his wife, Linda, began conducting marriage and parenting seminars more than 25 years ago. They are trained and certified in four different curriculums, and are now developing their own.
After completing the MFA in Creative Writing, Paul was asked to build the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree program at Southeastern University. While there, he joined several writing groups, and began speaking at writing conferences. He still assists in the planning and implementation of Southeastern’s annual Expressions Writers Conference.
Linzey speaks at seminars and retreats focusing on marriage, parenting, leadership, and men’s issues, and has provided pastoral counseling to many couples and individuals. He is a guest speaker for conferences, churches, and military organizations, and is a mentor for clergy and lay leaders of many denominations. He has written articles for religious and military magazines, and served as an editor and writer for Life Publishers’ the Warriors Bible, which was published in 2014. He’s now writing a book on marriage, teaches part-time at Southeastern University, and volunteers as a writing instructor at a “Senior Scholars” center in Lakeland, Florida.
In addition to writing, Paul enjoys sports and digital photography. He did the Bataan Memorial Marathon in the mountains of New Mexico in 2012, and the Disney Orlando half marathon in 2013. He and his wife love movies, books, theater, dogs, music, and having fun. Paul and Linda start and end most days with a game of backgammon and a cup of tea.
The Linzeys love to travel. They’ve done several missions trips, a couple of cruises, and several study abroad experiences with students. In 2018, they took three weeks to drive Route 66 from start to finish. As the song says, “From Chicago to LA.”
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, nine grandchildren, and a Beagle named Sophie.