Rev. Paul E. Bauernfeind, Amarillo District Superintendent

Rev. Paul Bauernfeind was appointed to serve as the Amarillo District Superintendent on July 1, 2011.  Now in his fifth year as a district superintendent, Paul continues his commitment to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the Texas Panhandle and the world.  He is honored and blessed that God has called him to be in this place at this time, one of God’s servants and disciples, to serve the pastors and churches of the Amarillo District as together we spread the Good News and participate in Kingdom building work in the Panhandle of Texas.

A “second career” pastor, Paul began his service as a pastor as a licensed commissioned minister in June 2000.  He was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church and was elected as a member in full connection in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference on June 9, 2003.  He has served churches in both the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences.

Paul has served in numerous ways at both the conference and district levels in each conference in which he has had the privilege to serve.  While a member of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, he served on the Resolutions Committee, served as a conference resource consultant as a board member of Texas Impact, served on the Roundup 2003 and 2004 Planning Task Forces and served on the Conference Board of Church and Society.  While a member of the New Mexico Annual Conference, he had the privilege of serving as a member of the Odessa District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Odessa District Board of Trustees, as well as serving most recently as the Chair of the El Paso District Committee on Ordained Ministry and as Chair of the Conference Board of Trustees.  He is also a past President of the Odessa Ministerial Alliance.

Paul has lived in West Texas most of his life.  After being born in Temple, Texas, Paul grew up in Abilene, graduating from Abilene Cooper High School in 1973.  He then began his college education at McMurry College before transferring to Texas Tech University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.  Upon graduating from Texas Tech in 1977, he attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating from there with a Master of Science degree in Geology in 1980.

In 1979, Paul moved to Midland, Texas, where he had a rewarding career as a geologist, working for several oil companies and as an independent consulting geologist, “retiring” from the oil business in August 1996 after having been the President of Strategic Ventures, Inc. for the last two years of his career as a geologist.

After hearing and responding to the call to the ordained ministry, Paul entered Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in August of 1996.  During his time at Perkins, he served as an intern pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Midland and completed a summer internship as a chaplain in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.  He graduated cum laude from Perkins in May 2000 with a Master of Divinity degree and was honored to receive the Jerry W. Hobbs Award in Worship at graduation.

Since graduating from Perkins in 2000, Paul has served as the Associate Pastor at St. Paul UMC in Abilene, the Senior Associate Pastor at FUMC in Lubbock, the Senior Pastor at Asbury UMC in Odessa, and as the Executive Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s UMC in El Paso, where he was blessed to also serve as the “unofficial” chaplain of St. Mark’s School.  He is now blessed to have been appointed to serve as the District Superintendent of the Amarillo District since July 1, 2011.

A significant event in his life, which occurred while Paul was still working as a geologist in Midland, was when he met and later married his wife, Barbara, in October 1990.  Barbara is an attorney with the Lovell, Lovell, Newsom & Isern Law Firm in Amarillo.  Barbara is a native of Midland, where she graduated from Lee High School.  She also graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government in 1978 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1982.