Reared in Oklahoma, Paul graduated in 1993 from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Following graduation he moved to New York City where he worked as a Computer Network Security engineer for five years. Two short term mission trips into Mexico prompted Paul to study at Sunset International Bible Institute. Then in 2003, he and his family moved to Lima, Peru, where over a six year period they planted a church. In February of 2009 the Dowell family returned to the U.S. to live in Lubbock, Texas, where Paul serves as Dean of Missions and as a full-time instructor at SIBI. He and his wife, Amy, have three children: Elena, Katelyn, and David.