Paul Booko

Senior Pastor



Paul Booko has served at Riverside for 28 years.  A native of Three Rivers, he and his father, John, co-pastored in the early years of the church, where Pastor John mentored his son Paul in the ministry.

Paul is gifted in leadership, teaching and evangelism.  With passion and a new vision for today’s church, Paul has a heart to reach the community and country with the love of Christ.

Paul graduated from Judson College in Illinois.  He and his wife, Bonnie are co-leaders at Riverside and have four children – Hannah, Jonathan, Daniel and David.


Position: Senior Pastor and Elder

Joined Riverside Staff: 1977

Brief description of what you do: Lead and Feed

Saved: At a tent Revival when I was 8. My Dad prayed with me and I invited Jesus in my heart, water baptized shortly after and was baptized in the Holy Spirit at age 14.


Books: Purpose Driven Life, Courageous Leadership

Food: Popcorn and anything with Curry

Movie: Brave heart

TV Show: Man vs. Wild & U.F.C

Musical Artists:  Casting Crowns

Time of day: Morning

Season:  Summer

Place in the world: Where my kids are

Scripture: Matt. 6:33,  Ps. 84:11, Rom. 8:28

Part about working at Riverside: The people I work with


Three People I’d like to meet: Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Andy Stanley

My heroes: My Dad

One of my greatest experiences with God: When I was locked out of my car on the express way and I prayed for a coat hanger so I could open the door and I found one on the ground where I was standing.

Most people don’t know this about me: I drove a high performance car at 160 mph

Anything else you feel people should know: I’m married over my head, but you already knew that!