Rev. Dr. Paul H. Lang

With thanksgiving and joyful hearts, we welcome the Reverend Dr. Paul H. Lang to Cary Presbyterian Church. Paul earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary. He received the Lyman and Myki Mobley Prize in Biblical Scholarship for his paper on the use of musical settings of the Psalms in Christian worship.

Paul comes to us  from Fargo, North Dakota, where he was Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church from 2013 to 2020. Prior to his call there, Paul was Pastor/Head of Staff at Peace Presbyterian Church in Winterville, North Carolina for 17 years. His first call was as a solo pastor for First Presbyterian Church in McGehee, Arkansas.

In recent years, Paul co-authored a book with Ben Johnson on making a personal retreat (Time Away, published by Upper Room: 2010), and has focused on Spiritual Formation and leadership development in the church.

In 2010 Paul led the Fall Spirituality Retreat at Montreat through the Columbia Theological Seminary Certificate in Spiritual Formation (topic: Liturgy of the Hours).  He has been an instructor for the Synod School of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, the Presbytery of the Northern Plains, and continues to write and teach in a variety of other settings around the country.  

His most recent book is The Pilgrim’s Compass — Finding and Following the God We Seek, published by Westminster John Knox Press, 2019.  

Paul has strong ties to the Carolinas – he grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and his wife, Sarah, is a native of Greenville, North Carolina. Both are graduates of Furman University, where they earned their undergraduate degrees in music.

Sarah earned her Master’s in music education/music therapy from East Carolina University. She has been an orchestral violinist, a music therapist, and a Suzuki violin teacher. She enjoys walking and hiking in the mountains, knitting, and playing the Norwegian hardinfele (hardanger fiddle).

Paul and Sarah are avid travelers. His hobbies include photography, writing, cooking and book-binding. He is currently studying Latin.

Paul and Sarah have two adult sons, Daniel and Ben.

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