Rev. Paul Francis Conant passed away at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie, Texas, and was promoted to Heaven on Saturday, November 25, 2023. He was born on October 3, 1934, in Fairfield County, Lancaster, Ohio, to David Edward Conant and Mabel Viola Hook Conant. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Vada Luretta Michael Conant, and three older brothers, Marion Conant, David Conant Jr., and John Conant. He is survived by a younger sister Barbara Friesner of Haydenville, Ohio, three children Jeanette Lynn Sewell of Waxahachie, Texas, Kevin Paul Conant and wife Linda Conant of Lincoln Nebraska, and Brenda Kay Ranck and husband Keith Ranck of Red Oak, Texas. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Natalie Conant, Jenny Hood and husband Johnny, Nathan Conant, Bethany Tyler and husband John, Timothy Sewell, Jessica Hamilton and husband Aaron, Julia Mahone and husband Jeremy, and Joshua Ranck. He is also survived by 11 great- grandchildren and 7 step grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Paul joined the United States Air Force in 1951 and served on the 3rd Food Service Squadron during the Korean War conflict. He was first sent to Korea before being transferred to Japan, living on base and serving meals to the soldiers. He was discharged with honors in 1954, after which he decided to complete his high school education and graduated at the age of 21. He then felt called to the ministry, so he enrolled in Bible College. While at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry and met and married his wife Vada Luretta Michael on August 30, 1958. Paul and Vada then moved to Norwalk, Ohio, where he pastored Norwalk Assembly of God for five years. In Mansfield, Ohio, where he was an Associate Pastor, he earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. They later moved to Pasadena, Texas, where he worked as a professor at Southern Bible Institute in Houston, Texas. While there, Paul was ordained in the South Texas District of the Assemblies of God. He was then transferred to the main campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God College (now Southwestern Assemblies of God University) in Waxahachie, Texas, where he taught Bible subjects for three years. During his time in Waxahachie, Paul has worked in various areas of ministry as an Associate Pastor and Sunday School teacher. He was recently honored by the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God for over 50 years of ministry. Wherever he went and whoever he met, he shared his testimony of how God saved his soul and then miraculously spared his life by healing him of spinal meningitis. Therefore, he always felt his ministry was to share his story and love and encourage people; and that’s just what he did everywhere he went. This was his legacy, and he will truly be missed.