Paul Hoover joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Upper Columbia Conference in February 2013.
Hoover grew up around the world, as his father was in the U.S. Army and his mother a citizen of Great Britain. He was baptized into the Adventist church in 1977 in Tampa, FL. Later that year Hoover traveled to Southern Missionary College, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor's degree in Theology and then from Andrews University in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree. He served as pastor in the Kentucky-Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia-Cumberland Conferences.
In 1991 he accepted a call to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference and pastored the Smyrna-King Springs Church and Calhoun, GA Church. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University in 2001. Prior to moving to the Upper Columbia Conference, he served as vice president for administration for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference.
Hoover enjoys running, golf, road biking and spending time with his family. He and his wife Patti, who is a registered nurse, have two sons.