Paul was born and raised in Wyoming where he graduated from Evanston High School. He attended the University of Utah, Carbon College, and BYU for undergraduate work and received his bachelor's degree in History and Education. Between attending Carbon College and BYU, he served a mission in the Great Lakes Mission. He married Karen Kuehne in the Idaho Falls Temple. They have six children and 27 grandchildren. Paul was involved with Seminaries and Institutes in Utah and California, the Church Human Resource Department in Salt Lake, and at BYU where he worked in Student Life & Athletics as the Chaplain, as well as in the Religious Education Department. He is currently the Executive Director of the Freedom Festival.