Spring Arbor University

Paul Patton

Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Media

Paul Patton

Contact Info

Email: ppatton@arbor.edu
Phone: (517)750-6714
Office Location: Sayre-DeCan 224


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

Professor of Communication

He 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.”