Paul Mullen, who served as the Director of the Department of Church and Community Relations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (BMC), retired into pastoral ministry at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
In his work at Wake Forest Baptist, Mullen helped provide mediation between the BMC and approximately 4,000 N.C. Baptist churches, especially those affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).
Wanda Dellinger, left, chairperson of the Christian Social Services Special Committee on the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Board of Directors (BOD), presents Paul Mullen, center, with a plaque recognizing his services to the churches of North Carolina. Michael Barrett, right, BOD chairman, looks on during the presentation at the board’s September meeting.
The Board of Directors of BSC recognized Mullen’s service with a reception in his honor at their Caraway board meeting in September.
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasurer of the BSC said, “Paul Mullen is both respected and appreciated by all N.C. Baptists who have had opportunity to work with him. We often hear Paul speak of the caring and compassionate people in our churches, but no one deserves that description more than Paul.”
N.C. Baptists have aided in considerable funding through cooperative missions by supporting ministries such as CareNet of North Carolina, the Center for Congregational Health and Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education.
After attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mullen served as an associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Kenova, W.Va. In 1978, he spent a year at Baptist Hospital working in the clinical pastor education program, and later transferred to Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he worked for 20 years as the manager of chaplaincy.
From 2000-2013, Mullen was the director of church and community relations at BMC.
“We know his retirement will leave large shoes to fill, but I am confident that Dr. Gary Gunderson, vice president of Faith and Health Ministries for BMC, will make certain that Paul’s responsibilities will be carried on by someone equal to the task,” Hollifield said.
Mullen is married to Bonnie, a nurse at BMC. They have been members at Ardmore Baptist Church for 32 years.
After retiring from BMC in August, Mullen began serving as the congregational care minister at Ardmore.
“In this position, I work with a few different ministry teams, each of which provides care to our members, families of members and neighbors during all times of life,” Mullen said.
“I had a chance to see God at work in the director position at Baptist Medical Center, particularly in the tremendous partnership ministries between N.C. Baptists and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I love nothing more than being with people and to see God move in their lives, and this is what I look forward to at Ardmore Baptist.”