Paula Dannielle has worked with kids and students for over 20 years and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Paula was ordained in July 2012.
Paula serves in Charlotte at Forest Hill Church, a multi-site congregation. During her tenure at Forest Hill Church, Paula assisted the over 8,000 member community to transition to a family ministry model and incorporate the Orange curriculum. Paula also created an 8-week, full-day summer camp program for underserved communities.
Paula has a passion for social justice and equality and co-leads the church’s initiative to cultivate diversity in a context that is historically racially and economically homogenous. In 2020, Paula was named the congregation’s first female Associate Pastor.
In addition to her professional pastoral responsibilities, Paula serves on the executive leadership team of It Ends Now Charlotte, an organization that works to collaboratively educate, empower, and deploy the people of Charlotte to end systemic racism in our city. In addition to her justice work, Paula continues to communicate through writing and preaching the Word of God in churches and organizations throughout the country. She is privileged to coach churches of various backgrounds in developing their kid & student ministries as well as mentoring women in ministry.
Paula is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters: Chayil Destiny, Charity Joy, and Cherish Faith.
"Paula is a rare voice in our culture because she speaks to audiences of diverse backgrounds, and makes leaders feel empowered to affect change in the world. The way she combines theological relevance, practical ideas, and laughter makes her one of the best speakers going around."
"What impresses me most about Paula is her belief in the next generation. Her passion and commitment make that belief obvious and authentic. Whether it’s from the stage, leading her team, coaching leaders, or pastoring individual families she’s determined to make sure we don’t leave the faith of the next generation behind."
Next Gen Pastor
Forest Hill Church
"Paula is passionate and compelling. She speaks truth with hope."
Women Speakers Collective
"One of the smartest minds I know in the Next Gen Ministry space. As a woman in ministry, it can be tough, but Paula has fought through every barrier presented to her with perseverance."