A native of Southern California, Paul Linzey was a pastor and then a military chaplain. Now retired from the Army at the rank of colonel, he is an adjunct professor at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, and a mentor in the Doctor of Ministry program.
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.
After completing the MFA, Paul was asked to build the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree program at Southeastern University. He joined several writing groups and began speaking at writing conferences. He still assists in the planning and implementation of Southeastern’s annual Expressions Storytelling Institute & Writers Conference, and serves as an adjunct professor and 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 early 2019. His second book, Safest Place in Iraq, is about his military ministry in Iraq in 2007, and was released in March 2020.
Paul and his wife, 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.