Paul Boatman serves Lincoln Christian Seminary as Academic Dean and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, having led the Counseling department since 1978. In the fifteen years prior to coming to Lincoln, he was involved in preaching ministries in Wentzville, MO; Chester and Sailor Springs, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and inner-city and campus ministries in St. Louis, MO In addition, he and his wife have done short-term mission work, teaching and offering missionary care services nations such as India, Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, Austria, Kenya, Congo, Mexico, St. Vincent, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Ukraine. Dr. Boatman received the Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Louis Christian College (1966), Master of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary (1974), and the Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary (1977). He has also studied in the School of Theology at St. Louis University. He has received certificates for Clinical Pastoral Education and for Pastoral Counseling from C.A.R.E. and Counseling, Inc., of St. Louis. He was and active member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors for 30 years and is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
In addition to work with the Seminary, Dr. Boatman has served as an elder and ministry leader at Lincoln Christian Church. He also serves on the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission and on several mission and service agency boards. Among his diversionary enjoyments are running (over 2 dozen marathons and half-marathons), backpacking and climbing (mountains and canyons throughout the American West), fishing (annual pilgrimage to the Canadian Wilderness), motorcycling, photography, and time with grandchildren.
Dr. Boatman was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and Mary have been married since 1966. The Boatman’s have two married daughters, Angela and Rachelle, and seven grandchildren.