About

Paul D. Patton is professor of communication, media and theater. A pastor until the age of 40, he ministered in the Detroit area at Trinity Church in Livonia. While a youth pastor at Trinity, Paul founded Trinity House Theater in 1981. His graduate degrees are in counseling and religious education and his doctorate is in communication with an emphasis in theater arts. He is the author of over 30 produced stage plays, radio plays and performance essays.  Paul and his colleague, Robert Woods, have co-authored the book Prophetically Incorrect (Brazos Press, 2010). He is involved in several academic writing projects and has lectured on topics ranging from “The Idolatry of the Cult of Celebrity” to “God Talk: Lessons in the Manipulative Use of Religious Language.” He has been married to Beth for over thirty years and has three daughters (all actresses)—Jessica, Emily and Grace, and two grandsons, Caleb and Logan. Incidentally, Paul and Beth met at Spring Arbor in the early 1970’s. To contact Paul about the Spring Arbor theater program email him at ppatton@arbor.edu.