J. Paul Bruhn is a native of Germany. “He was not born in Texas, but he came here as fast as he could.” He and his wife Marion moved to Dallas in 1993, where he graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1997. He is an ordained elder and member of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. J. Paul, Marion and their two children Joshua and Johanna moved to Hondo from La Grange, Texas, where he served as pastor of First United Methodist Church.
     Pastor Bruhn began his ministry as a volunteer in children and youth ministry in Berlin, Germany. He met his wife Marion at the training for United Methodist Lay Servants back in Frankfurt am Main, Germany over thirty years ago.
     In addition, J. Paul has been involved with United Methodist Women’s School of Mission since 2002 serving as youth instructor and workshop leader. He is an instructor at the Local Pastor School of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and has helped lead “Autumn in the Hills” retreats at Mt. Wesley Retreat Center, Kerrville. He is also involved with the Walk to Emmaus movement and has helped with Chrysalis and Kairos in the past.
     Over the last twenty years, he has volunteered as an Emergency Care Attendant and later as a volunteer firefighter and chaplain. Being a member of the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains has allowed him to go alongside first responders and their departments in the area of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).
     J. Paul and his wife Marion have visited the Holy Land several times and love Israel. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and cooking.

Pastor J. Paul and his wife, Marion.