Paul Richard Smith was ordained into the Gospel Ministry in 1951. His undergraduate degrees from Life Pacific College and Azusa Pacific University. He Earned a Master's degree from Chapman University. Paul served on the faculty of Victor Valley College and taught history, historiography, and oral history. He founded and pastored Calvary Chapel, Victorville, CA, for 23 years. His public service in county, state, and federal agencies spanned 15 years. Paul enthusiastically assisted his brother, Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, CA, in starting the international radio ministry, The Word For Today, which then developed into KWVE 107.9 FM national Christian Radio Station. Continuing to assist his brother, Paul directed the Calvary Chapel Twin Peaks Bible College and conference center, and provided leadership for the Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship. Paul continues to be sought after and loved as a pastor's pastor. Paul and his wife, Ruth, have been married since 1948. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Paul and Ruth live in Southern California's picturesque high desert. They both continue to energetically respond to Bible teaching invitations both nationally and internationally.
Shares how contemplative, emerging, Purpose Driven movement methods-turn-message often infilterates a church. When Peter Drucker approached his brother's church with "purpose driven methods for church growth" (well after the unprecidented early 70's Jesus Revolution revival growth) and was turned down. Drucker simply went down the street to Saddleback. Many others follow this Leadership Network including Bob Buford, Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Richard Foster, Bill Hybels, Leith Anderson, and others. This group eventually becomes the Global Leadership Network out of Willow Creek Association.