Paul Wilson Nominated to Be PSWC Superintendent

By Stan Friedman

CONCORD, CA (January 19, 2014) — Paul Wilson, pastor of First Covenant Church in Oakland, California, has been nominated to be the new Pacific Southwest Conference superintendent.

The election will be held at the PSWC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, on April 26.

In announcing the nomination, PSWC Executive Board Chair Stanley Long said, “Paul brings a wealth of experience and humble spirit that will serve our pastors and churches well.”

President Gary Walter added, “Paul has unusual missional instincts that have been used to advance the work of the kingdom everywhere he has served. He is a person of deep spirituality and high relational gifts.”

Before becoming pastor of First Covenant in 2002, Wilson served as field director for the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska and developed the launch of Alaska Christian College. Since arriving in Oakland he also helped develop New Day for Children, a residential ministry that restores American minors who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Wilson’s other ministry experience includes serving as a youth worker for Iglesio Del Pacto Evangelico Douglas Park in Chicago and as pastor of Community Covenant Church in Clear Lake, Washington.

Wilson has long been committed to multi-racial and multiethnic ministry. First Covenant’s diverse ministry team reflects the PSWC mosaic.

“Perhaps my greatest joy is helping others—pastors, leaders, churches, the hurting and forgotten—discover who God has created them to be, and calling out of them a way of living, loving and testifying that goes beyond what they thought possible,” said Wilson.

He emphasized, “Ministry is discerned.  Jesus said in John 5:17: ‘My Father is working, even to this day, and I too am working.’  There is not a church, a home, alley way or moment in which God is not working.”

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Wilson graduated from the University of California Los Angeles and studied theology at Regent College and North Park Theological Seminary, where he earned his master of divinity.

He has been married to his wife, Kathy, for 33 years, and the couple has three sons. Kathy is the chief spokesperson for New Day for Children.

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Ed Gilbreath

Edward is an award-winning journalist and author. Besides being the executive minister of Communication at The Evangelical Covenant Church, he is author of Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church and Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity. Ed’s mission, both professionally and personally, is to be a bridge-builder, bringing people together across racial, denominational, and cultural lines.

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12 Comments

  1. Pastor Paul,
    You are a great choice for superintendent of our conference! Could it be that you have been at First Covenant Church for 11 1/2 years! I remember how special it was to be on the pastoral search committee that called you to lead pastor of FCC. God’s richest blessings upon you and your family.

  2. Congratulations Pastor Paul! God is moving through you in ways that have evolved by His grace and blessings. You are a fabulous choice. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

  3. Thank you PSWC search team for your hard work, and thank you Paul for accepting the call. Looking forward to all God does!

  4. On behalf of our church family, CHET faculty and students we commit to praying for you and the PSWC ministry team as you enter this ministry journey.

  5. Fantastic choice! It must have been a God-thing! Congratulations to Paul, Kathy and to the PSWC. May God’s continued blessing and direction be evident! Our love, appreciation and prayers go with you.

  6. A great nomination! Serving under Paul’s leadership in Alaska was both affirming and challenging. Paul has vision and compassion that extends ministry and stabilizes what is established. The Pacific Southwest Conference will be in good hands.

  7. This is a God-initiated choice. Paul has a contagious spirit, and creative mind that will result in the PSWC advancing in many levels. May God continue blessing him and his family as he serves this area of our Church and country.

    1. Thanks all! I have greatly appreciated all the texts, emails, phone messages and kind words above. It is an honor to serve and be associated with such a great group of people.

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