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Paul Patton, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication
Sayre-Decan Hall Rm. 224
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Paul Patton was a pastor until he was forty, ministering in the Detroit area at Trinity Church in Livonia. It was at Trinity, while a youth pastor, that Patton founded Trinity House Theater in 1981. He is the author of over 30 produced stage plays, radio plays and performance essays. He is involved in several academic writing projects, and has lectured on topics ranging from “The Idolatry of the Cult of Celebrity” to “God Talk: Lessons in the Manipulative Use of Religious Language.”


  • Ph.D.: (Communication (with theater emphasis)) Regent University, 2002
  • M.A.: (Script and Screenwriting) Regent University, 1996
  • M.A.: (Religious Education) Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, 1988
  • M.Ed.: (Guidance and Counseling) Wayne State University, 1978
  • B.A.: Spring Arbor College, 1974