Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Paul Koch
Rev. Dr. Paul Koch has provided emotional and spiritual care for individuals and congregations for 25 years. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he presently is Transitional Regional Minister of the Christian Church of Mid-America, relating to communities in northeast and central Missouri. He has also served in the United Church of Christ and interfaith networks in Des Moines and Huntsville, Alabama. Paul is a proud Drury University 1986 alum. The learning bug bit, so he received his masters from Eden Theological Seminary in 1993, and his doctorate from Eden in 2007.
As Regional Minister, Dr. Koch has a portfolio that includes Church Consultation, Search and Call, Youth and Outdoor Ministries, Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism education, Leadership Development, African-American Convocation, Ecumenical Relations, and Disciples Men. Pertaining to the latter, he authored When the Gym Is a Man’s Church (Scholars Press, 2013) and numerous men’s group discussion guides (Chalice Press/Chalice Pages). Based in Washington, Missouri, he leads a weekly men’s group called Wild Wise Men and several annual men’s weekends and youth events. He founded the website www.BeABetterBrother.org.
Shortly after graduation from Drury, Paul married his college sweetheart, Marcia Skaggs (’87) and they are approaching their 30th anniversary. They have three children and are proud that their oldest, Aaron, is Drury’s latest graduate in the Class of 2016. Second son, Joel attends the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, California, and their daughter Grace is a high school senior (4.0 and on the varsity Volleyball Team and varsity band!). She is being noodled to attend Drury next year.
Paul enjoys the outdoors, recreation, the humanities, exercise, and wine making. For relaxation he likes reading, movies, and “hanging out with the people Jesus loved being with,” (not necessarily those in organized religion). He is honored to have been invited by his professor and friend, Dr. Peter Browning to speak at this year’s alumni weekend chapel service.