Dr. Paul Lawrence Binion II Senior Pastor,

Westside Church of GOD Fresno, California

Paul Lawrence Binion II, was born in Fairfield, Alabama, to Paul Lawrence Binion, Sr. and Sara Ellafair House Binion. He is the eldest of five children. The family eventually settled in Los Angeles, California, where he became a long-time member of Wadsworth Church of God. Pastor Binion is a graduate of Susan Miller Dorsey High School, California State University, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, with a Master’s Degree in Divinity. The Southern California School of Ministry conferred the Doctor of Divinity upon him. He has resided in Fresno, California since 1977, when he came to assume Senior Pastoral Leadership of the Westside Church of GOD. Pastor Binion is a man who loves his GOD, his family, and his community.

A sample of his involvement includes his present and past membership in and leadership:

Fresno Institute for Urban Leadership

Generational Crossroads Central

California Association of the Church of GOD

West Fresno Ministerial Alliance

One by One Leadership Foundation

Prison Fellowship

Central California Evangelicals for Social Action

No Name Fellowship City of Fresno

Police Advisory Council

Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life

State of California Advisory Board Member

African-American Church Response to HIV/AIDS

Faith & Community Relational Culture Institute

West Fresno Healthcare Coalition

He was also a member of the Community Advisory Committee to KSEE, Channel 24, and was a Vice-Chairman with the Billy Graham Crusade- Central Valley. He is a Pastor to “Pastors,” and is an advisor/confidante to numerous organizations, ministries, fellowships, individuals, and leadership in our city, and throughout the valley area. Pastor Binion is a conference speaker, preacher, and teacher of the Bible, locally and nationally. After his love for his LORD, the love of Pastor Binion’s life is Valarie Jean Metoyer Binion. The two have been married since 1978.  They have three daughters: Tiffany (son-in-law, David), Crisandra, and Kimberley; a son, Ahmad (daughter-in-law, Gurdeep); four granddaughters, Alyssa, Amiaya, Zharia, and Asha; and one grandson, David Paul.