After 28 years of pastoral ministry, Paul and Dondra Decker have entered into a new ministry challenge – campus ministry. Having always possessed a burden for youth, the Deckers are taking a step of faith, following God’s direction to become a part of the leadership team at the University at Buffalo, New York.
Paul is coming alongside Missions Door minister Tim Stewart to reinforce the discipleship and counseling efforts because the need is great among students there.
Tim and Paul work together to help students come into a living relationship with God and grow in applying their faith on campus.
Interestingly, many years ago Paul invited Tim to the Buffalo area to serve at the University at Buffalo. During that time Paul served as Tim’s senior pastor. Now the Lord has brought them together in an even stronger connection – serving the Lord together, shoulder-to-shoulder.
Paul came to faith in Christ in 1970 when he was 11 years old. It was then that he understood his need of having Jesus in his life and determined to follow Him. When he was 16, Paul felt God call him to the ministry, so he gave up his dream of going into law, and entered college in order to prepare for ministry.
Paul was a pastor to youth in Little Falls, New York and Metuchen, New Jersey. He then took senior positions in Souderton, Pennsylvania and Williamsville, New York.
Dondra came to a relationship with the Lord in her early years. Her father was a pastor in various Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in western Pennsylvania.
Paul and Dondra were married in 1981, and they have four children: James, Grace, Elizabeth and Joel. Their oldest – James – is married to Natalie Fletcher and they reside in Woburn, Massachusetts.
Paul: B.A. in Religion from Nyack College
M.Div. from Seminary of the East
Doctoral work at Denver Seminary
Dondra: B.S. in Elementary Education from Nyack College
M.A. in Reading Education from State University of New York, Cortland