Paul Gardner and his wife, Sharon, came to ChristChurch in 2005. Following a degree in Spanish from London University, Paul started a candle-making company with a partner in the early 1970’s, with the intention of being able to afford a theological education. In 1979, Paul received his Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS and later, his PhD from Cambridge University in England.
Paul is British, and Sharon was born in California, leaving for England when she was just twenty. Paul’s ministry in England has included teaching New Testament and Homiletics for seven years at Oak Hill Theological College, a seminary in London, pastoring a church in the northwest of the country for over twelve years, and most recently, serving as the Archdeacon of Exeter. This is a position appointed by the Bishop to help oversee clergy, parishes, and churches in an area in southwest England.
Preaching and Teaching
Along with his love of pastoral ministry and care for people, Dr. Gardner has been actively engaged in preaching and teaching both nationally and internationally. In England he served, for a number of years, as Chairman of the Church of England Evangelical Council. Some of his teachings are available at www.paulgardner.org.
Atlanta and Family
Paul and his wife Sharon arrived in Atlanta in November of 2005. Sharon is a qualified school teacher. Their family is now grown: Jonathan is married to Charlotte, and they live in London with their daughter Naomi, born June 28, 2006. David is married to Amanda, and they live on Seabrook Island, SC. Hannah is married to Steven Simms and she is pursuing studies at Richmont Graduate School.
Paul has published a number of books and articles, including commentaries in the Focus on the Bible Commentary Series from Christian Focus Publications. He has written on 2 Peter & Jude, Revelation, and Ephesians for that series. Further works include “The Gifts of God and the Authentication of a Christian”, “An Exegesis of 1 Corinthians 8-11,” and “The Zondervan Encyclopedia of Bible Characters” (as editor and major contributor). Dr. Gardner is also working on a commentary for Zondervan on 1 Corinthians and a pastoral book on the subject “When God Says No!,” which he describes as a “much-neglected area in Christian teaching.”
A Personal Comment
Sharon and I have a passion to love God and his people. We are always learning, but we are so thankful to God that he has called us to serve here. We long to serve the Lord at ChristChurch in whatever areas he opens for us. Whether it be visiting those in serious need, inviting people to our home, or teaching, or preaching the Word, our desire is that we grow continually in our knowledge and love of the Lord and help others to do the same. For both of us, the study of God's Word, and worship and prayer with God's people are foundational and the deepest joy of our own spirituality and love for the Lord.