Paul was born and raised in the small town of Smithville in the Niagara Region of Ontario. He attended Redeemer University College, where he met his beloved, Jessica. They married in 1997 and started a family that has grown to include four children: Jonas, Abigail, Owen and Seth. Their household occasionally grows as they are also a foster family.
After university, Paul and Jessica moved to Philadelphia so Paul could attend Westminster Seminary and Jessica could support his education through teaching. They returned to Ontario in 2000, where Paul took up teaching Bible at Toronto District Christian High School. Following curriculum and marking assignments sometimes interfered with Paul’s greatest love: talking about Jesus and showing how the Christian faith satisfies our inmost longings.
In 2001, Paul began working as a youth pastor at Springdale Christian Reformed Church. In 2005, he was ordained in the CRC and became pastor of Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Dundas. Over the next 10+ years, the people under his care patiently helped him grow as a preacher and pastor. In the fall of 2015, Paul and Jessica left Calvin CRC to plant Grace Valley Church in Dundas.
When they’re not shuttling their kids to soccer practices or games, or chasing a toddler around the house, Paul enjoys fly fishing and reading, while Jessica likes to garden and play volleyball.