From the Office of Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
In sadness, we share the news that The Rev. Paul Self-Price, died on Saturday, January 29, 2022.
The Rev. Paul Self- Price was a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference who grew up in Marion, Ohio, the youngest of five siblings. He joined the Air Force after a year of college and was stationed in Thailand at U-Tapao, where he learned to speak Thai. When his military service concluded, he went to the Ohio State University, where he studied Philosophy. He discerned a call into ministry, which brought him to start seminary at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. During seminary, he served first as a student-pastor on a two-point charge, and then as a hospital chaplain. He was especially effective in ministering to people in addiction recovery. During his second year of seminary, he found himself arguing about theology over meals in the university dining hall with a first-year seminary student named Deanna. They were married on May 25, 1985.
He was admitted on probation in the West Ohio Conference of The UMC in 1988 and after seminary, Paul and Deanna went on a cross-country adventure to start a new life serving pastoral appointments at Ft. Klamath-Williamson River (1988); entering into full connection in 1990; as the associate at First United Methodist Church of Portland (1994). Nine years after their wedding, they welcomed their daughter Jordan into the world and continued service at Sellwood (1997); Whitney UMC in Boise, ID (1997); and as the Minister for Evangelism and Parish Development at Corvallis (2004). In 2006, the Self-Prices moved to serve appointments in the Desert Southwest Conference including: Via de Cristo United Methodist Fellowship in Scottsdale (2006); transferring to the conference in 2007; Epworth UMC in Phoenix (2009) and Mission Bell UMC in Glendale, AZ. Rev. Self-Price retired in 2016 and served as an interim Wellness Minister at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Sun City West before fully returning to retired status. Paul’s gifts for chaplaincy allowed him to provide wonderful pastoral care for his parishioners at various congregations and he was equally passionate about justice and outreach ministries.
Paul was an avid photographer and loved the American West. He enjoyed woodworking and was a ‘foodie’ who loved to cook, especially Asian dishes. He was a reader and a writer; in retirement, he began working on a book that he and Deanna planned to co-author. He was a dedicated husband and father, and he leaves behind a family who misses him dearly already.
A private service will be held for the family at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to:
Rev. Deanna Self-Price
10656 W Hayward Dr
Marana, AZ 85653-0138
Memorial Gifts may be made to:
1001 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
We join our hearts together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of the Rev. Paul Self-Price, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.