<strong>Paul Golden: Of Ice and Men</strong>

Paul Golden: Of Ice and Men

Sometimes, you warm up to new ministry opportunities.

Other times...

Paul Golden, Director of Seminary Admissions at BBS, recently took on the role of chaplain for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the minor league affiliate for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As a big sports fan with a heart for people and a great love for God, this new opportunity is an exciting combination of passions for Paul.Paul Golden

A 1991 graduate of BBC and a 1995 graduate of BBS' Master of Divinity program, Paul has served in his current role since 1995 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Paul enjoys watching sports and spending time with his wife, Marbeth, and their two children, Jeremy and Joy. His father, Craig Golden, served as a BBC&S trustee for more than a decade and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2010.

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Insight Questions

How were you led to BBC&S?
Both my parents went to BBC, so I have known about the school for as long as I can remember. Pastors and youth pastors I looked up to had gone here, and I thought, "That's the place I want to go." I was a Youth Pastor major in college and earned my M.Div. in 1995.

BBC was a great foundation, but I knew there was more to learn. So on the advice of my dad, who recommended I get my schooling while I was young, I chose to go on to Seminary.

What prompted you to become Director of Seminary Admissions?
In 1995, my predecessor left mid-year to pursue some other avenues. I came over from the college and became the interim Director of Seminary Admissions. I was then offered the official full-time position.

How did you start with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins?
In February 2010, I came in contact with the chaplain for the Philadelphia Flyers minor league affiliate. He asked if I knew of anyone from this area because they were looking for a chaplain for this area's team. I asked him what all was involved. I thought it sounded interesting and was something I wanted to pursue.

What do you do as the team's chaplain?
I had done some things with Galen Shoff, the chaplain for the AAA-level Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees baseball team. I knew it would be very similar.

This was my first year and I enjoyed it. I had a core of four or five guys that I met with. Not every guy on the team goes to chapel. We met an average of about twice a month. I took prayer requests and we had a Bible study. This year we worked through the book of Proverbs, different life principles. It is an evangelistic opportunity but also an encouragement to those guys who are believers to be committed in there walk. The next season begins in October.

What challenges do you face in this role?
It would be great to have more come. The team is very supportive, but guys are not required to attend. It would be great to see more involved. I have a few new ideas for next year.

What do you enjoy the most?
Seeing the guys after the devotional saying, "Thanks, I needed that." I take them out for lunch if I can. Given the travel schedule, this is the only church or significant spiritual influence they get. That's a scary thought on the one hand, but it is a privilege on the other hand.

Are you able to go to many games?
I went to three this past season. We sit with players' wives, or girlfriends, so I try to be an encouragement that way. I try to bring my kids and my wife if they are able.

How does the organization respond to having a chaplain?
They give me full access to the locker room. They have been very receptive and very cordial. They don't like to have chapel on a game day or travel day, so I go down on Tuesdays when they have practice and watch the guys. I know most of them by name. They at least know who I am, if they don't know my name. I try to have a ministry of presence.

Where do you see yourself serving in the future?
I have enjoyed my ministry at BBS these past 15 years. I do not have any plans for changing ministries at this time, but I am certainly open to God's leading and direction.

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Posted on: 6/16/2011 12:18:48 PM

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