Pastor Paul Carlson was born and reared in Waukegan, IL. He and his wife, Jan, have been married for 40 years. They have four adult children with 13 grandchildren.
Pastor Carlson graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Business Management and a B.S. in Marketing. In October of 1980, God used the death of this father to draw Paul to the Savior. He trusted Christ on August 17, 1981 under the ministry of Pastor Dave Barba at Falls Baptist Church in Menomonee Falls, WI. Shortly thereafter, Paul moved to Illinois where he owned and operated an insurance agency for nineteen years. During that time, Pastor Carlson served the Lord through the ministry of Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, IL under the teaching of Dr. Frank Bumpus.
Pastor Carlson began his formal Bible training in 1998 at Bob Jones University. In January 2001, he sold his insurance agency and was called by Grace Baptist Church in Anderson, IN. to assist Pastor Leigh Crockett as their Outreach Pastor. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in March 2005 and completed his Master of Ministry degree at Northland International University in May of the same year.
In August of 2005, he responded to the call of God to plant Cornerstone Baptist Church in Huntley, IL. Paul and Jan, with the help of four families, planted a Bible based church in April 2006. Following ten years of ministry, God led Pastor Carlson to First Baptist Church of Cincinnatus. He started his ministry here in September of 2016.