After 28 years of continual pastoral ministry in Little Falls NY, Metuchen NJ, Souderton PA and Williamsville NY, Paul and Dondra Decker entered into a new ministry challenge in 2009 – campus ministry. Having always possessed a burden for youth (especially college age), the Deckers joined the ministry team at the University at Buffalo, New York (the flagship of the SUNY universities).
Paul comes alongside Missions Door ministers Tim Stewart and Sally Henien to reinforce the needs of discipleship, counseling, and evangelism.
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 Nyack College in order to prepare for ministry.
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 met while they were attending Nyack College. They were married in 1981, and they have four children: James, Grace, Elizabeth and Joel. They also have four grandchildren: Xavier, Michelle, Josiah, and Judah.
- B.A. in Religion/Philosophy from Nyack College
- M.Div. from Seminary of the East
- Doctoral studies at Denver Seminary
- B.S. in Elementary Education from Nyack College
- M.S. in Reading Education from State University of New York, Cortland