Paul Madson is founder and president of Global Training Network (GTN), (birthed in 2004) a non-profit 501(c)3 interdenominational ministry focused on equipping and encouraging indigenous church planters, pastors and Christian leaders throughout the majority world. GTN currently has over 100 U.S.-based staff members and is now actively involved in 74 countries around the world.

Paul Madson

Prior to leading GTN, Paul spent 25 years in the pastorate – 11 as an associate pastor in Youth Ministry and 14 as a church planter and Sr. Pastor.

It was in 1997 that the church he pastored adopted an unreached people group (in partnership with The JESUS Film Project) known as the Borok people. It was through Paul’s involvement with the Borok people in the 1990’s and early 2000’s that he felt called to spend the “second half” of his life investing in pastors and leaders throughout the majority world who do not have the blessings and benefits of Bible colleges, seminaries, pastors’ conferences/seminars, as well as the proliferation of great Christian books and resources that are available in the western world. All of this led to the birth of Global Training Network in the summer of 2004.

Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministries from Southwestern College (now Arizona Christian University), his M.Div degree from Western Seminary (Portland, OR), and has done some work on his D.Min at Phoenix Seminary.

Paul has been married to his wife, Lisa, since October of 1980 and they have three adult children who are all married – and five grandchildren. Paul and Lisa reside in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. Paul’s hobbies are reading, running, photography, hiking and woodworking.

Some of his favorite authors include:

  • Alcorn, Randy
  • Begg, Alistair
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
  • Bridges, Jerry
  • Carson, D.A.
  • Chambers, Oswald
  • DeMoss, Nancy Leigh
  • DeYoung, Kevin
  • Dever, Mark
  • Edwards, Jonathan
  • Elliott, Elisabeth
  • Grudem, Wayne
  • Henry, Carl F.H.
  • Houston, James
  • Horton, Michael
  • Hughes, R. Kent
  • Keller, Tim
  • Lewis, C.S.
  • Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn
  • Mohler, R. Albert
  • Murray, Ian H.
  • Noll, Mark
  • Ortlund, Ray
  • Packer, J.I.
  • Piper, John
  • Schaeffer, Francis A.
  • Sproul, R.C.
  • Spurgeon, Charles
  • Stetzer, Ed
  • Stott, John R.W.
  • Stowell, Joseph
  • Taylor, Justin
  • Tripp, Paul
  • Tozer, A.W.
  • Wells, David R.
  • Willard, Dallas
  • Yancey, Philip