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Paul Manuel

Pensacola Christian College
BA Biblical Studies
MA Biblical Studies
 
Reformed Theological Seminary
MDiv Bible, Biblical Languages
 
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Heather, and I met and married in South Florida.  All three of our children were born there: Emily, Elijah, and Elisabeth.  We love to kayak, hike, swim, play games, and laugh (a lot).
 
What's a favorite childhood memory?
My favorite memories as a kid revolve around the time we lived in Sheridan, Wyoming.  I would spend hours with friends fishing, hunting, go-kart racing, snowmobiling, sledding, and skiing.  I also had a Siberian husky named Prince.  He was huge and could pull me and my sisters on a sled in the winter.
 
Who was an influential teacher for you, and why?
My most influential teacher was Mr. Mannelein.  He taught high school art.  He not only taught me a variety of art techniques, but also art appreciation that still greatly affects my love of art today.
 
What are your interests outside of work?
I love the outdoors and everything you can do there (bike, hike, run, swim...).  I also like to work with wood.
 
What is your favorite course to teach, and why?
I love to teach the Bible in a way that helps people make sense of it.  All of the Bible can be summed up in one sentence: God is restoring everything that is ruined by sin through His Son, Jesus.
 
What makes a great teacher?
When a teacher has a contagious love for his/her subject and a sincere love for his/her students, it is marvelous and mesmerizing.
 
Tell us a favorite quote of yours.
One of my favorite quotes comes from the diary of Jim Elliot, recorded by Elisabeth Elliot in Through Gates of Splendor:
 
"I walked out to the hill just now. It is exalting, delicious, to stand embraced by the shadows of a friendly tree with the wind tugging at your coattail and the heavens hailing your heart, to gaze and glory and give oneself to God--what more could a man ask? Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth!"
 
"O Jesus, Master and Center and End of all, how long before that Glory is thine which has so long waited Thee? Now there is no thought of Thee among men; then there shall be thought for nothing else. Now other men are praised; then none shall care for any other's merits. Hasten, Glory of Heaven, take Thy crown, subdue Thy kingdom, enthrall Thy creatures."