PAUL WILLIAM BASS was born in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School, Southwest Baptist College, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Jan Smashey in 1969. He served in full-time church staff positions for nineteen years in Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri. From 1990–2007, he served at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, as director of student activities and held various adjunct teaching positions. He became the intercollegiate debate coach, with OBU debaters winning three national championships. He took early retirement in 2007 and, in that year, received the Isocrates Distinguished Debate Coach Award from the International Public Debate Association. During that time in Arkansas, he served in several interim pastor positions and became a bivocational pastor at Anchor Baptist Church for twelve years.
He began his writing career in 2007, having published 11 previous books. Missouri Innovators will be the first in a series of neighboring state innovator books he is considering for the immediate future. In addition to his writing, the last few years he has been teaching college-level Bible classes at the Mercy School of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri, in cooperation with Southwest Baptist University.
Paul and his wife, Jan, are retired and living in Willard, Missouri. His email address is email@example.com.