Rev. Paul Baker joins Fayette Nazarene 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

pastor_paul_baker_familyWhen Rev. Paul Baker takes over the pulpit next week at Fayette Church of the Nazarene, his face might look familiar.

He and his wife, Denise, sang and spoke last March at the church’s spring revival.

That wasn’t the first time Rev. Baker became acquainted with Rev. Winston Hatcliff, who recently retired from the ministry after serving the Fayette congregation for the past 26 years. They connected several times during district meetings.

“We got to know Winston and Debbie over the past two years,” Rev. Baker said. “We consider it an honor to replace them.”

Rev. Baker grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University to obtain a teaching degree in music education.

While serving as band director at a high school, he was also engaged in part-time music ministry, and that’s when he decided he would rather be preaching than teaching.

He was ordained through the Church of the Nazarene district extension program and began serving in Logan, Ohio, as music director and associate pastor.

The Bakers lived in Indianapolis for six years where Paul worked as the youth and music pastor. He then struck out on his own and became the senior pastor at the Nazarene Church in St. Paris, Ohio.

His wife, Denise, earned a vocal performance degree at Judson College. The Bakers have two children: Ellen, 13, and Max, 11.

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