Paul and Jan Bothwell

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Interested in urban politics, the Bothwells moved to Massachusetts, where Paul attended Gordon-Conwell Seminary. While at seminary, Paul and Jan began ministering at an urban church in Boston, saw its spiritual power, and felt God's call to urban ministry. After graduating in 1975, Paul was appointed an urban minister by Missions Door and joined the church-planting team in Boston. In 1977 they planted Jesus Helps Neighborhood Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, an African-American neighborhood in Boston. Paul pastored there until 1984, when he was called on to direct the CB churches' rapidly growing Boston URBACAD (Urban Academy) program. By 1990 his role had expanded to include being the Boston-area Team Leader of Missions Door Urban Ministries. In 2003 he was appointed the Missions Door Urban Ministry Specialist for urban New England. His passion and ministry is developing healthy church multiplication movements in world-class cities. By 2004 the Missions Door initiative in Greater Boston alone had yielded 15 churches of 5 different languages. Through the "train and multiply" mindset shaped by Paul's work and the Missions Door Team, these churches themselves have catalyzed over 150 churches overseas through their own global networks.

Faith Story

Paul Bothwell was born to missionary parents in Zaire, Africa, and he accepted the Lord as a child. Jan grew up on farms in Nebraska and Colorado, and also gave her life to Christ at a young age.


Paul and Jan met at the University of Colorado and were married after graduating in 1970. They have four daughters: Alicia, Kristin, Amelia and Karin.

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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast

Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.

The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.

The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.

Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.

Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.

Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%



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Massachusetts, United States