Father Paul Wheatley spent his formative years in Denton, Texas. The first 12 years he spent as a Roman Catholic, and the next 12 years were in free-church evangelical Protestantism. After graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Paul was on staff with Cru [Campus Crusade for Christ] for five years in Central Texas before heading to Athens, Greece, in 2007 for two years of campus ministry with his new wife, Catherine.
There in Athens, after reading Timothy Ware’s The Orthodox Church and taking several trips to the Areopagus to teach American college students about Acts 17 and the founding of the church in Athens by the Apostle Paul, he began hungering for a reconnection with the historic episcopate. Upon returning to Texas in 2009 to begin at Dallas Theological Seminary, Paul and Catherine found themselves at Church of the Incarnation, and Paul soon began discerning a call to the priesthood.
Paul served the Diocese of Dallas for two years as the missioner to college students at Southern Methodist University as he finished seminary through a partnership between Incarnation, the Diocese of Dallas, and Wycliffe College, Toronto. Paul graduated Wycliffe College in May 2012 and was ordained a deacon on the Feast of the Visitation that same month. Paul was ordained to the priesthood in May 2013, and serves as Associate Rector for Worship and Young Adult Formation at Incarnation.