Paul J. Palma
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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. We love outdoor walks together, working around the yard, going to the beach, and day trips to Busch Gardens Williamsburg (when not social distancing).
I’m a professor for the College of Arts and Sciences and Divinity School at Regent University with a passion for seeing students’ hearts and minds transformed. My book, Italian American Pentecostalism and the Struggle for Religious Identity, was recently published with the Routledge Studies in Religion series. In addition to other publications in scholarly books and journals, I am a contributing writer for CBN.com and the Pneuma Review, and a frequent presenter on topics in history and religion for conference venues.
I was born and raised in snowy Syracuse, New York. My colors still run orange thru and thru—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!).