Paul is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner with the Academy of Profession Funeral Service Practice and a Colorado Certified Mortuary Science Practioner. He has held a funeral director and embalmer’s license in Oklahoma since 1989. He received certification from the Cremation Association of North America as a Crematory Operator in 1996. He earned a Master’s Degree in Human Relations with emphasis in grief counseling from the University of Oklahoma.
Paul is a frequent speaker on death, grief, funerals and cremation as well as providing in-service training to various, hospice, church and other community groups. He also works closely with the Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey which is a documentary film that shares a fresh perspective on the many ways we navigate successfully through grief or companion others along their grief journey.
Paul began his funeral service career in 1977 just out of high school and while attending Hillsdale Bible College in Moore, Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s Degree in Theology in 1980 and has more than 10 years of pastoral ministry experience having pastored churches in Oklahoma and Washington State. In 1987 Paul moved to Dallas, Texas, where he graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1989.
Paul’s funeral service career includes serving as General Manager for a group of 4 independently owned funeral homes in Northeast Oklahoma. In 1990 he moved to Norman, Oklahoma to complete his master’s degree and to work with Mayes Funeral Directors. In 1993 he was promoted to General Manager of Guardian Midtown Funeral Home, Oklahoma City Regional Embalming Service and to serve as the Regional Compliance Director.
On April 19, 1995 he was managing the funeral home 5 blocks from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City when a bomb exploded killing 168 people. Paul assisted with the gathering of information from families who had a loved one missing and later helping with the notification of the families once the medical examiner had identified the remains.