Dr. Paul Eppinger is a graduate of William Jewell College, Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree, and San Francisco Theological Seminary where he received a Doctor of Ministry degree. He has served as a missionary in Japan, the pastor of four different American Baptist Churches, as adjunct professor at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas. He has served on numerous boards and committees for his denomination and in the communities in which he pastored. His last pastorate was at the First Baptist Church in Phoenix, which he served for seven-and-a-half years. He served as the Statewide Director of the successful “Victory Together” campaign in 1992 to establish a state Martin Luther King holiday. From 1993 to 2002, he served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Ecumenical Council, an organization uniting programs of 13 mainline and Roman Catholic denominations involving 700 churches and one million people. He then became the Executive Director of the Arizona Interfaith Movement in 2002. The Arizona Interfaith Movement is composed of 25 different major religious groups and seeks to bring understanding and respect of each other to all the major religions of the state and, thereby, to bring unity to all of the state of Arizona, the nation, and the world.