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Paul Gunther Settle
Manuscript Collection #031
Boxes # 256 - 258 and 462

Content Summary: These papers primarily represent the Rev. Settle's years of work in the late 1960's with organizations that were formative of the PCA, namely Concerned Presbyterians and Presbyterian Churchmen United, and preparatory to the formation of the PCA, the Steering Committee for the Continuing Presbyterian Church.

Span dates: 1964-1974 Size: 4.0 cu. ft. (one carton)

Access: This collection is open to researchers.

Preferred citation:
PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Related Collections:
Concerned Presbyterians, C. Gregg Singer Papers, Christian Education & Publications.

Rev. Paul Gunther Settle
[26 March 1935 - 19 March 2018]
Biographical sketch—
The Rev. Doctor Paul Gunter Settle, 82, servant of God, husband of Mary B. Aiken Russell Settle, died on Monday, 19 March 2018 in Greenville, SC. He was predeceased by his first wife, Georgia Brown Settle.

Born March 26, 1935 in Charleston, WV, son of Paul Cochran and Ruth Gunter Settle, he attended WV University, graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and prepared for the ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA.

Upon graduation from Columbia, he was ordained to the gospel ministry by Kanawha Presbytery [PCUS] in July of 1959, and served as a Presbyterian pastor for almost 50 years before being retired by North Texas Presbytery (PCA) in February 2007. Presbyterian churches served included the Winfield and Pliny congregations in Putnam Co., WV; Trinity in Montgomery, AL; Coral Ridge in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Northside in Burlington, NC; Second in Greenville, SC; Park Cities in Dallas, TX; and Christ in Flower Mound, TX.

Rev. Settle served as an executive for several conservative organizations whose efforts culminated in the formation of the Presbyterian Church in America in 1973. He was Coordinator of the Christian Education Ministry of the PCA, Director of Ministries at the Ridge Haven Conference Center (PCA) in Rosman, NC, Pastor-at-Large of North Texas Presbytery (PCA) and adjunct professor of Westminster Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX. Settle lectured in a number of seminaries and served on the boards of numerous Christian organizations.

His published writings include articles in professional magazines and several books: Changeless Truth in a Changing World – Meditations on the Westminster Confession of Faith; Memory Word Notebook; Studies in the Catechism; A Time to Die; and To God All Praise and Glory: the 25th Anniversary History of the PCA. He was listed in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges (1955-1956), The Dictionary of International Biography (1970), Who's Who in Religion in America (1976). He served as moderator of the Eighth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America in 1980 and was honored for significant services to Christ and His Church by the thirty-seventh General Assembly in 2008. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Westminster Theological Seminary in 2013.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Paul David Settle (Shirley), of Greenville; a daughter, Jo Lynne Sprouse, of Waynesville, NC; two sisters, Dorrie Settle Lee (Ted), of St. Petersburg, FL, and Joe Ellen Settle Rast, of Atlanta, GA; two granddaughters, Shelby Emerson (Matt) and Carly Sprouse; and a great granddaughter, Norah Emerson; four stepsons; and numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A private interment was held at Graceland East Memorial Park, with a memorial service held on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC.

Boxes 256-258 & 462 [files combined and sorted alphabetically to facilitate review.]
Box.file – Subject
256.24 — Advisory Convention, News Articles
256.25 —
Alabama Churches, News Articles
258.02 — Christian Education and Publication
258.03 — Committee on Administration
258.04 — Committee on Mission to the World
256.02 — Concerned Presbyterian Bulletin, Numbers 1 – 14
256.03 — Concerned Presbyterian Bulletin, Numbers 5 – 28
257.04 — Concerned Presbyterians
256.07 — Concerned Presbyterians, Advisory Convention Minutes
256.04 — Concerned Presbyterians, after 1973
256.08 — Concerned Presbyterians, Book of Church Order (Proposed)
256.13 — Concerned Presbyterians, Church Separation Procedures Folder # 1
256.14 — Concerned Presbyterians, Church Separation Procedures Folder # 2
256.09 — Concerned Presbyterians, Churches separated from PCUS
256.10 — Concerned Presbyterians, Documents, Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws
256.05 — Concerned Presbyterians, Lists of Chairmen, Trustees, and Directors
256.06 — Concerned Presbyterians, Potential “Contact” Material
256.11 — Concerned Presbyterians, Provisional Presbyterians
256.12 — Concerned Presbyterians, Reports
258.05 — Constitutional Documents
258.06 — Contacting the Contacts
256.15 — Contributions, 1971
256.26 — Convocations of Sessions, News Articles
258.07 — Correspondence, A
258.08 — Correspondence, B, Folder 1
258.09 — Correspondence, B, Folder 2
258.10 — Correspondence, C
258.11 — Correspondence, E
258.12 — Correspondence, F
258.13 — Correspondence, G – H
258.14 — Correspondence, J – K
258.15 — Correspondence, M
258.16 — Correspondence, P
258.19 — Correspondence, R
258.20 — Correspondence, S
258.24 — Correspondence, T
258.25 — Correspondence, W
258.29 — Correspondence, Z
462.10 — Covenant College, 1972 – 1973, Brochures
256.27 — Declaration of Commitment, News Articles
256.29 — Florida and Georgia, News Articles
258.30 — General Assembly Actions Contrary to the PCUS Constitution
256.17 — General Assembly, 1973 (First), Addresses to
256.18 — General Assembly, 1973 (First), Commissioners Handbooks
256.28 —
General Assembly, 1973 (First), News Articles
256.19 — General Assembly, 1973 (First), Nominating Committee
462.02 — Giddens, William E., Jr., undated, Bible Study:  Bible Chronology
258.31 — Inter-Church Relations
258.32 — Judicial Business
256.20 — Keyes, Ken, Concerned Presbyterians, 1967 – 1973
256.21 — Keyes, Ken, Correspondence
462.03 — La May, Robert L., undated, Bible Study:  Hebrews
256.22 — Miscellaneous
258.34 — Mission to the US
258.33 — Mission to the US Committee, Minutes
256.30 — Mississippi and Louisiana, News Articles
256.23 — National Presbyterian Church, Contributions
256.31 — North Carolina, News Articles
256.32 — Organizing Committee, News Articles
256.38 — Pamphlets, Miscellaneous
258.17 — Patterson, Donald,  Correspondence
258.18 — Patterson, Sam, Correspondence, Papers authored by
258.35 — Pledge Cards
256.34 — Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS), News Articles
256.36 — Presbyterian Churchmen United
256.48 —
Presbyterian Churchmen United, 1969 – 1970, Minutes
258.37 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Airplane
256.46 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Articles of Incorporation
256.39 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Atlanta Meeting, May 22, 1969
256.49 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Atlanta Rally, December, 1969
256.50 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Contact, issues 1 – 18  (some issues missing)
256.51 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Contact, issues 20 – 27
256.40 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Contributions
256.41 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Correspondence
256.43 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Correspondence with Bob Pittman
256.42 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Correspondence with Don Graham
256.44 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Declaration of Commitment
256.45 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Financial Reports
256.47 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Membership Lists (Sessions)
258.38 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Minutes
256.33 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, News Articles
258.45 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Questionnaire to PCU Members
258.39 — Presbyterian Churchmen United, Rosters
258.40 — Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship
462.12 — Presbyterian Lay Committee, 1969, “A Survey of Christian Educational Material” of the PCUS, Report, Folder 1
462.13 —
Presbyterian Lay Committee, 1969, “A Survey of Christian Educational Material” of the PCUS, Report, Folder 2
462.14 — Presbyterian Lay Committee, 1969, “A Survey of Christian Educational Material” of the PCUS, Report, Folder 3
258.41 — Presbyterian Messenger
258.42 — Presbyterian News
258.43 — Presbyterian News Service
258.44 — Provisional Committees Worksheet
256.52 — Publications
258.46 — Retirement and Insurance
256.53 — Rosters, Churches and Individuals
258.47 — Separations
256.16 — Settle, Paul, Correspondence
258.21 — Settle, Paul, Correspondence
258.22 —
Smartt, Kennedy, Correspondence
462.04 — Smith, Frank E., 1973, Bible Study:  Genesis and Exodus
462.05 — Smith, Frank E., 1974, 1975, Bible Study:  Leviticus and Numbers
462.06 — Smith, Frank E., 1975, 1976, Bible Study:  Deuteronomy and Joshua
462.07 — Smith, Morton H., 1964 – 1965, Bible Study:  Genesis through Deuteronomy
462.08 — Smith, Morton H., 1964 – 1965, Bible Study:  Joshua through Solomon’s Period
256.54 — Smith, Morton, “Is the Presbyterian Church…,”  Folder # 1
256.55 — Smith, Morton, “Is the Presbyterian Church…,”  Folder # 2
258.23 — Smith, Morton, Correspondence
258.48 — Speaker Bureau
258.49 — Stance Inquiry
257.12 — Steering Committee Members, Baird, Jim, Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship
257.13 — Steering Committee Members, Hendrick, Judge Leon, Concerned Presbyterians
257.14 — Steering Committee Members, Hill, William E., Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship
257.15 — Steering Committee Members, Keyes, Kenneth, Concerned Presbyterians
257.16 — Steering Committee Members, Metcalf, Robert, Presbyterian Journal Board of Trustees
257.17 — Steering Committee Members, Patterson, Don, Presbyterian Churchmen United
257.16 — Steering Committee Members, Richards, John E., Presbyterian Churchmen United
257.19 — Steering Committee Members, Settle, Paul, Presbyterian Churchmen United
257.20 — Steering Committee Members, Smartt, Kennedy, Presbyterian Churchmen United
257.21 — Steering Committee Members, Taylor, G. Aiken, Presbyterian Churchmen United
257.22 — Steering Committee Members, White, Steve, Presbyterian Journal Board of Trustees
257.23 — Steering Committee Members, Wilkinson, Ben, Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship
257.24 — Steering Committee Members, Williamson, Jack, Concerned Presbyterians
257.03 — Steering Committee, 1970, December, Coalition Meeting,
257.08 — Steering Committee, 1970, November, Atlanta Meetings
257.10 — Steering Committee, 1972, Meetings
257.11 — Steering Committee, 1973, Members
257.02 — Steering Committee, Briefing Sessions
464.15 — Steering Committee, Continuing Presbyterian Church, undated, Officer Training Workshops.
257.05 — Steering Committee, Correspondence
257.06 — Steering Committee, Declaration of Intent
257.07 — Steering Committee, Faith and Purpose Statements
257.09 — Steering Committee, Meeting Agenda, October
256.35 — Steering Committee, News Articles
257.25 — Steering Committee, Position Papers
257.26 — Steering Committee, Women’s Meeting, August 1973
257.27 — Steering Committee, Women’s Questionnaire Samples
257.28 — Steering Committee, Writings, Artwork
257.29 — Steering Committee, Writings, Text
258.50 — Stewardship and Budget
258.51 — Tabb Street Church
462.09 — Taylor, L. Roy, 1974, Bible Study:  Outlines of Evangelical Eschatology
256.36 — Tennessee News, Articles
462.11 — Thompson, Ernest Trice, undated, “The Board of National Ministries” [PCUS pamphlet]
258.52 — Union Vote
258.53 — Vanguard Presbytery
258.37 — Virginia News, Articles
258.54 — Warrior Presbytery
258.55 — West End Presbyterian Church
258.26 — Wilkinson, Ben, Correspondence
258.27 — Williamson, Cecil, Correspondence
258.28 — Wilson, Jasper, Correspondence
258.56 — Withdrawals:  Church Lists
258.57 — Withdrawals:  Manual of Withdrawal


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