Paul Rader is the pastor at Northside Presbyterian. Paul was born and raised in Ironton, Ohio, a small town located across the river from Ashland, Kentucky. He attended Pikeville College in Pikeville, Kentucky and began attending First Presbyterian Church while there, primarily because it was within walking distance of his dorm.
He continued his education at the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Paul has served congregations in Ashland, KY, and Huntington, WV. and was the Coordinator for Mission for the Coalition for Appalachian Ministry, which brought him to Knoxville. He was a Parish Associate at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville and was the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, also in Knoxville, before coming to Northside.
Paul is the author of Do Not Cast Me Away (a book on how congregations can help families deal with dementia) as well as several publications on Appalachian culture. He likes to read, hike, go antiquing, work around the yard and refinish furniture.
Paul is married to Linda, they have three children—Lindsey, Gresha, and Thomas—all living in the Knoxville area, and three grandchildren—Ava, Allie, Brooks and Fritz—also in Knoxville. He also has Lucy Blu, the Golden Doodle, frequent goodwill ambassador for Northside Presbyterian.