Dr. Paul Suich, Director of the St. Andrew’s Ministry and Parish Counselor, grew up in Aiken, South Carolina and became a Christian in High School. He joined a Presbyterian Church and attended Davidson College (a Presbyterian USA school) where he majored in Psychology. He says he chose Davidson because the first page of the student handbook stated, “Jesus Christ is the central fact and figure of history.” He holds a Masters in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and the Psychological Studies Institute (PSI). At PSI he studied Biblical and Systematic theology as well as the Integration of Psychology and Theology. He married his wife, Cynthia, in 1982, and they moved to Augusta, Ga. where he worked in two Mental Health Centers as a Counselor for five years. He then earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. Afterwards, he directed the Augusta Counseling Center for First Presbyterian Church, Augusta for 10 years prior to moving to Lakeland in 2001. In 2015, he earned a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando and now regularly assists in worship at FPC as well as doing counseling and teaching.
He and his wife have two sons, Joshua and David, and one grandchild.