Paul D. Patton, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of communication and theater at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. 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 Paul founded Trinity House Theater in 1981. He has graduate degrees in Guidance and Counseling, Religious Education, and Script and Screenwriting, and a doctorate in Communication with an emphasis in theater arts. He is the author of over 30 produced stage plays, radio plays, and performance essays. He is contributing author to the books, Understanding Evangelical Media (InterVarsity, 2008), Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture (Praeger, 2013), and Prophetic Critique and Popular Culture (Peter Lang, 2013) and co-author of the book Prophetically (In)Correct (Brazos Press, 2010). His book, Everyday Sabbath, co-written with Robert Woods, is scheduled to be published this spring (Cascade, 2021). Paul has lectured on topics ranging from “The Idolatry of the Cult of Celebrity” to “God Talk: Lessons in the Manipulative Use of Religious Language.” He has been married to Beth for forty-six years and has three daughters—Jessica, Emily, and Grace, three sons-in-law, David, Joe, and Eric, six grandsons and one granddaughter.