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. 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 Regent University Divinity School and SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary, with a passion for 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 (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan)—to the more practical cultural study Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition (Wipf and Stock). I present frequently on historical and theological topics at national 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!).