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Dr. Paul Coulter

Dr. Paul Coulter

Dr. Paul Coulter, 35, from Lisburn will be taking part in Lambeg Baptist Church Christianity Explored an event which is taking place on Tuesday nights through January and February 7.30 - 9.30 pm or seven weeks in the Old Meeting House, 21 Railway Street, Lisburn. Paul is a Christian and is married to a Chinese Malaysian wife and they have two children, a son aged 5 and a daughter aged nearly 3. He studied medical genetics and medicine at Queen's University Belfast and worked for three years as a junior doctor in Northern Ireland before moving into full time Christian work.

What do you like doing on your day off?
Spending time with my wife and children - what we do doesn't really matter - it's just great to be with them.

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?
With my wife at a really good seafood specialist restaurant in Beijing - because she loves seafood and we would both love to go to China to see the history and our friends there.

What has been your proudest moment?
So far, lifting up my son when he was newly born - the joy and sheer amazement of becoming a father (together with a good dose of relief) was truly amazing. That beats any graduation ceremony, award or appointment

What was the most frightening moment of your life?
Shortly before the most joyful moment when there was a false alarm that something was going wrong with my wife's labour. I felt lost in the flurry of activity.

How would you describe your taste in clothes?
Whatever's on the rail in M&S that fits me and isn't either too expensive or too traditional. Favourite outfit would be a grandpa shirt' with jeans.

What would you do if you won a million pounds?
Pay off the mortgage then invest some to provide a steady income, invest some more to provide a scholarship trust for theological students, save some for my children's future and give the rest away to Tearfund.

What music do you like?
Anything and everything except techno and dance - plus if there are words I want them to be meaningful and good poetry. Favourites are U2, Bach, Keith Green and Mozart.

Describe your best ever holiday. What would your dream holiday be?
Best holidays of the past were family times in Devon - I love sight-seeing, visiting historical buildings and museums and sampling local food and culture. Nowadays I would love a city-break in Europe with my wife.

What is your greatest remaining ambition?
To see my children growing up to love the Lord Jesus and, if I live long enough, to see their children and tell them his story too. After that, to write a book that will help people towards faith and be worth publishing.

If you could spend a day with a celebrity whom would you choose?
The Prime Minister (whoever it is at the time and assuming that counts as a celebrity) - to see the internal workings of government, to learn about his or her values and to try to suggest the importance of the Christian faith

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want with you?
My Bible, a Kindle with all my books on it and a solar charger for the Kindle.

Favourite things

  • Car: Anything that gets from A to B and has spare seats to give lifts to others
  • Film: Groundhog Day
  • Comedian: Michael McIntyre
  • CD: U2 - Rattle and Hum
  • Book: The Lord of the Rings
  • Actor: Daniel Day Lewis
  • Actress: Maggie Smith
  • Drink: Milo Ais (malted chocolate drink with ice, popular in Malaysia)

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