James M. Beckwith
About Paul Mundey
Paul Mundey is a minister, consultant, and writer, with over 43 years of service for Christ and Christ’s cause.
Paul was ordained to the set-apart ministry in 1976 in his home congregation, the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren (HCOB), Hagerstown, MD. During his years at HCOB, Paul was inspired by the ministry of his pastor, Dr. DeWitt L. Miller, Moderator of the 178th Annual Conference. Paul initially came to HCOB through the invitation of Kitty and Alaric Bowman who were neighbors, two doors down from where Paul grew up. Because of the Bowman's outreach, Paul's life was profoundly changed by Christ and the Church, resulting not only in a life of ministry but a passion for personal outreach and evangelism.
Paul has been married for over 39 years to Robin Risser Mundey. Robin has had a varied career as a minister, bank professional, health care administrator, and musician; she currently serves as an organist and director of traditional worship at a church in Baltimore, MD. Paul and Robin have two children Peter and Sarah. Peter is a sociologist, serving as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia. Sarah is an interior designer, blogger, and a leader in the DIY movement through her firm, Dorsey Designs. Paul and Robin have two grandsons, Jacob, a wiggly infant, and John, a very energetic toddler.
Paul enjoys hiking, photography, and reading. He also enjoys continuing education, regularly auditing classes at a variety of educational institutions. Currently, he is part of the community of St. Mary's University and Seminary, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Paul is a local church moderator of two congregations: the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, Hagerstown, MD and GraceWay Church of the Brethren, Dundalk, MD. where he is an active participant and worshipper. Paul views GraceWay as an inspiration for our future as a denomination, as it gathers together in an urban environment persons from over ten nations, in a vibrant community of diversity and unity, in Jesus.
Paul served for 20 years as pastor of the Frederick Church of the Brethren (FCOB), Frederick, MD. While at FCOB, the congregation experience marked growth through a variety of outreach initiatives. Before serving at FCOB, Paul was on the staff of the Church of the Brethren General Board (predecessor to the current Mission and Ministry Board) serving as director of evangelism, along with staff for domestic Korean ministry. While serving on the staff of the General Board, Paul developed Passing on The Promise, a holistic evangelism process, along with being a part of staff teams that crafted the current denominational 'tag line' and the small group program People of the Covenant.
Paul began his pastoral career at the Friendship Church of the Brethren, Linthicum Heights, MD, preceded by part-time ministry at the Fairview Church of the Brethren (Endless Caverns), New Market, VA. and summer pastorates at the Arlington Church of the Brethren, Arlington, VA, and the Dundalk Church of the Brethren, Baltimore, MD.
Paul received his bachelor’s degree at Towson University, Baltimore, MD., his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. During the academic year, 2016-2017 Paul was a Visiting Scholar at Princeton where he completed two book manuscripts, one of which -- a discussion of the relationship between faith and time -- is under contract with Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock publishers.
It is Paul’s aspiration that the Church of the Brethren will claim God’s adventurous future, in Jesus. Little is gained by wallowing in division and despair. It is only as we stretch toward Christ’s promise of redemption, healing, and vision, that we flourish, knowing abundant life; life in Jesus, full and free!
Paul may be contacted at email@example.com.
Program and Arrangements Committee
James M. Beckwith
Emily Shonk Edwards
Carol Hipps Elmore