Rev. Dr. Paul Jaw, PhD
Pastor Paul, as he is known to his congregation, is an ordinary person trying to follow Christ, serve Christ, share Christ with those who have yet to know Him and help believers to grow in Christ. After he was called into the ordained ministry early in his life, he entered into Taiwan Theological College in Taipei, Taiwan and graduated in 1972 with a B.D. Degree. While at the college, he was encouraged by his dean to come to the U.S. for graduate studies and to return there to teach.
He came to the U.S. in 1973 and attended Lexington Theological Seminary (M. Div.), Calvin Theological Seminary (Th. M.) and obtained a Ph. D. degree from Drew University in 1989. Instead of returning to Taiwan to teach, the Lord has led him into the ordained ministries in the United Methodist Church. Instead of a scholarly pursuit, he vowed to be the best pastor that he can be. This vision led him to be a life-long student.
Early in his pastoral ministry, Pastor Paul was passionate about evangelism and church growth. He studied the church growth movement and engaged in evangelism ministries in the conference and in the jurisdictional level. Due to his passion in evangelism, he served as a member of the conference and jurisdictional boards of evangelism and as dean of the jurisdictional school of evangelism.
He learned the importance of leadership through his pastoral ministries. Therefore, leadership became his primary pursuit during the mid-course of his ministry, a pursuit he continues to the present. He attended many leadership conferences and was taught by John Maxwell, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren and a host of many other leadership experts. During these years, the Lord also allowed him to experience teaching ministries at the New York Theological Seminary and Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Now, approaching the final years of his ministry, Pastor Paul is most interested in awakening the saints and developing new leaders. He maintains that there is no success without successors. Therefore, he is passionate about church renewal and leaving a legacy. His vision is to see the revival of the church locally first, and then expands through the nation. He also enjoy working with young people, helping them to develop their sense of life purpose and mission. Therefore, he has helped Flemington United Methodist Church to develop a new vision of Christian education and adopt a new biblical curriculum.
Since his ordination in 1980, Pastor Paul has served five other churches in Essex and Bergen Counties. He became Pastor of Flemington United Methodist Church in 2004.
Pastor Paul married his wife, Amy, in 1973. Amy received her bachelor's degree from Taiwan Theological College in Christian Education and Sacred Music. Putting her children through colleges by working full time as a staff accountant, she currently also serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Flemington United Methodist Church. She is an indispensable partner in Pastor Paul's ministry. They have three children: Karen, Timothy, and Christine. All have grown up to be active members in their church communities.