Paul J. Palma
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Husband, Father, Professor, Author, and Theologian
I am happily married to my lovely wife, Gabrielle, and the father of three adorable kids—our son, Joseph, and twin girls, Katarina and Theresa. We live in Hampton, Virginia, and love outdoor walks, working around the yard, going to the beach, day trips to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and reading good books together.
I’m a professor at Regent University and SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary, passionate about seeing students’ hearts and minds transformed. I enjoy writing vocationally and in my spare time. My books range from contemporary studies of religion and religious history—Italian American Pentecostalism and the Struggle for Religious Identity (the Routledge Studies in Religion series) and Grassroots Pentecostalism in Brazil and the United States: Migrations, Missions, and Mobility (Palgrave Macmillan)—to the more practical cultural study Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition (Wipf and Stock). I regularly present on historical and theological topics at regional and national conference venues.
I was born and raised in snowy Syracuse, New York. My colors still run orange thru and thru (a bigtime hoops fan)—go Orange! My journey in academia started at Wheaton College (IL). After completing graduate work at Wheaton, Syracuse University, and Trinity School for Ministry, I earned my Ph.D. from Regent in 2017. I have a background in special ed., ministry, and broadcasting.
Avocations of mine include guitar, golf, running, and fishing.
You may find it interesting to know—despite my light features (skin, eyes, hair, etc.), I’m a third-generation, full-blooded Italian immigrant (with proof from Ancestry DNA!).