Paul Compton was born in Knoxville, TN. On November 17, 1996, his life was radically changed by God’s grace. Recognizing his call to ministry, he began studying Bible and preaching at Johnson University in 1998. In the midst of his academic pursuits, he met Elizabeth (thereby beginning his romantic pursuit).
After graduating from Johnson University with a B.A. in Bible (2002), he and Elizabeth got married. They moved to Charlotte, NC to receive formal training in Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary. After Paul received his Master’s degree from SES (2008), the Compton family moved to Merrimack, NH to serve at Riverside Christian Church.
Paul is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the International Society of Christian Apologetics. He is a founding and active board member of iHope International Ministries. In 2012, he was elected to the town’s ethics committee where he completed his three-year term. He served as a pastor on staff at Riverside Christian Church from 2008-2016. In July 2016, he began working with Ratio Christi. He is now preparing to launch a new chapter at the University of New Hampshire – Manchester.
Mr. Compton has had the privilege of examining firsthand some of the earliest known NT manuscripts. This has allowed him several opportunities to discuss the reliability of the biblical texts with various groups.
Paul is blessed with a lovely wife, Elizabeth, and two children (Timothy and Andrew) who encourage and support his service in ministry.
During my senior year of high school, my life was radically transformed by our Lord, Jesus Christ. I’ll never forget that moment on November 17, 1996, when I realized the depth of my sin, the splendor of the Lord’s Holiness, and the magnitude of His grace. In one brief yet powerful moment, my battle with drug addiction instantly ceased. I recognize that such a radical and abrupt change in my life was possible only by the power of the Spirit and His marvelous grace. It was undeserved. It certainly wasn’t earned.
When I returned to school, I carried my Bible with me at all times. I shared the Good News with my classmates in the parking lot, classrooms, and hallways. A few weeks later, I accepted an invitation to share my testimony at a meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at our school. After this event, I received multiple invitations to speak at other schools, churches, youth groups, and Christian concerts. One thing was abundantly clear – I am called to tell people about Jesus.
Before I became a Christian, I was asked to leave two churches. After I became a Christian, I had the opportunity to lead these churches! Joni Eareckson Tada once said God is a master of judo, for judo is the art of taking the enemy’s strength and using it against him. As Joseph told his brothers, “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen.50:20).
After graduating from South-Doyle High School in 1997, I studied Bible and preaching at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN (1997-2002). I continued speaking at various events and preaching at any available pulpit. In 2002, Elizabeth and I got married. We moved to Charlotte, NC for my graduate studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary.