Reverend Paul A. Thibodeaux, Associate Pastor
Paul A. Thibodeaux strongly believes in and lives his life according to the scripture from Matthew 6:33, which states "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things will be brought unto you." Paul believes you can live your life without worrying about anything because God will provide everything you need to survive and live peacefully--not some things, but everything. Paul, a native of Chicago, Illinois, was raised as the youngest son in a family of four boys under the nurturing of loving parents: Edwin and Alma Thibodeaux. He attended Iowa State University on an athletic scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture.
Paul moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1994 to begin a career in architecture, which lasted for 6 ½ years. In 2001, Paul embarked upon his true passion: the love of people. He left the architecture profession, taking with him all that he learned about building structures to a mission of building and uplifting people. Paul soon realized that his love for people and concern for their well being stemmed from his love for God. He accepted his call to ministry in 2003, fully aware that since childhood, God was preparing him to spread the message of Jesus Christ.
Currently, Paul serves as Associate Pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, GA., under the leadership of Senior Pastor Reverend Dr. Michael T McQueen. He is a 2007 graduate of The Interdenominational Theological Center where he obtained a Masters in Divinity. He spends his life with the beautiful woman God sent him to be his wife, Yvette and being a father to five wonderful boys Niko, Zuri, Kai, Jeremiah and the newest addition to the family, Solomon Alexander.
Paul loves life and all of its good times and not-so-good times because he knows God has a purpose for every experience. His testimonies include (1) receiving an athletic scholarship after breaking his leg both his sophomore and junior years in high school, (2) becoming the first Black president of the Student Council at his high school, and (3) becoming the first Black President of the student body at his university. Each experience presented an opportunity to tell of God's glory. He believes life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Life is about what you believe, not about what you earn. God has the plan for your life; come what may.