The Texas Baptists Missions Team is excited to announce that Paul Atkinson will be stepping into a new role as Director of Multi-Housing and House Congregations.
“I have a sense of joy and expectation about what the Lord is going to do through Paul,” Josue Valerio, director of Missions, said. “He is experienced and skilled in the areas of discipleship, church starting, missions, and pastorate. Paul is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus with others.”
In this new role, Atkinson will support a variety of congregations in unorthodox locations, such as homes, dorms, mobile home parks, apartment buildings and even prisons. These congregations, often grown organically through genuine interest, create an opportunity to minister to unreached people in their own communities. Atkinson will help churches interested in sponsoring or starting these congregations through Texas Baptists resources and connections.
“Whether the context of the church is urban, suburban or rural, the tremendous cultural shifts and challenges call for church structures that are different, while keeping the church fundamentals of evangelism, discipleship, and missions,” Atkinson said. “We have a missional opportunity in this next season of starting Philippi churches, multi-housing and organic churches, and I look forward to serving Texas Baptists in this new role.”
Atkinson received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and obtained his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry by First Baptist Church of Belton.
Atkinson has worked in a variety of roles for Texas Baptists over the last 20 years, with the most recent being Director of Talent Development and Product Management on the Missions Team. He also served as Director of Church Starting. In addition to his roles within Texas Baptists, Atkinson is an active interim pastor and is currently serving at First Baptist Church of Jacksboro.