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Baccalaureate Speaker

Rev. Paul Rasmussen

Rev. Paul Rasmussen, Senior Minister at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, is the 2016 Baccalaureate preacher.

Rev. Rasmussen is a native of Shreveport where he graduated with a BA from Centenary College. He later obtained a MA from the University of Richmond. Before becoming a fourth-generation Methodist Minister, he worked as an assistant basketball coach at Centenary College and pursued a career in sports marketing in Dallas.

Rasmussen began an internship at HPUMC running the church’s gym and recreational ministry in 2000 while studying for his Master of Divinity from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. In 2001, he began preaching at Cornerstone, HPUMC’s contemporary worship service, which expanded greatly under his leadership. He led the project to renovate and restore Munger Place Church in East Dallas, and he played a key role in the church’s capital campaign to expand the contemporary worship and the youth ministry.

In July 2013, Rev. Rasmussen became Senior Minister at the century-old HPUMC with a membership of 15,000 members.