Meet Pastor Paul Ryan McReynolds

Pastor Paul Ryan McReynolds who hails from Santa Ana, California will be stepping into the pastoral role with great energy, loving heart, hopeful dreams, and joyful noise with his great musical talent that embodies the congregations that he will be serving. Pastor Paul McReynolds, a graduate of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and current student at the Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia will bring his gifts and graces for ministry to this charge.

Pastor Paul McReynolds Bio

Pastor Ryan McReynolds was born in Santa Ana, CA to John and Evangeline McReynolds. He was raised in the largest African American church, second Baptist Church of Santa Ana, CA where his father was the Pastor for nearly 30 years. He found his passion for music at an early age as a singer and musician. He served as the lead drummer for SBC for over 19 years and singer in the youth and young adult choir. He preached his first sermon on the second Sunday in November 2011. From 2008-2013 he worked as a first responder in West Hollywood, CA, and an EMT working with LA County Fire Department

Paul left California and traveled all the way to East Texas to attend the Wiley College on a music scholarship. He was afforded the opportunity to sing with the world-renownedA cappella Choir of Wiley College under the direction of Maestro Dr. Stephen L. Hayes. He was granted the chance to record with the sounds of Blackness recording a cover of ‘To Be Young Gifted and Black,’ along with his sister Melisa. He also sang at the White House and singing tours around the country. In 2014 he was selected to sing in Tokyo and Hiroshima Japan for the IAMSCU (InternationalAssociation of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.)He served as a campus minister from 2013-2016 under the direction of Rev. Tabitha Rankin. He became United Methodist in 2015 and became a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. On November 16, 2013, he was initiated into the greatest fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. the Alpha Sigma Chapter of the 39thHouse of Alpha. He was selected to participate in the Rho class of the 14 as Assistant District Secretary, The AssistantDistrict Director 2015-2016. He also served on the Southwestern Reginal Board in 2013-2016.

Paul graduated from the Wiley College on May 7th2016. He is currently a student at the ITC at The Gammon Theological Seminary. He is the grandson of Arthur McReynolds who also attended Gammon and became the first Black Elder in Chattanooga, TN. He is a Pastoral Intern and serving as a Youth Pastor at Conyers First UMC. Since attending Gammon, he serves as the Student Fellowship President. Paul is a graduating Senior and is pursuing his MDiv at the ITC where his concentration is in Homiletics and Pastoral Care. Paul is striving for ordained ministry as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He is an avid reader and loves music and spending time watching movies. His motto is “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.”

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