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
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!