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.
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.