September 29, 1948 ~ June 17, 2017

Born in: Erie, PA,
Resided in: Boone, CO

Paul Harrison Scholtz was born in Erie, Pa. on Sept. 29, 1948, to Paul and Margaret Scholtz. He accepted Christ and was called to preach at age 18 at a revival meeting at Weis Library Methodist Church in Fairview, Pa. He attended Edinboro University near Erie. He was then drafted and given a free, one year, all expense paid vacation to sunny Southeast Asia where he enjoyed activities such as running, dodging, ducking, and shooting with the 11th ACR combat engineers. Go Blackhorse! After returning from Vietnam, he attended Central Bible college in Springfield Mo., where he received his BA in Bible. He then attended AGTS and received his MA in Bible and Theology. It was at Central Bible college that he met his wife, Linda Brinkman, and they were married on August 7, 1976. After being ordained, the Scholtz's were asked to join the Harry Vold Rodeo Company as chaplains in Avondale, Colo. After one year of travel, the Assemblies of God US Missions Department called him in and endorsed him as the first Assemblies of God Missionary and Chaplain to Rodeo. His ministry expanded to most PRCA rodeos as well as other ranching and horseback culture venues. His son, Paul Robert Scholtz, was born on Dec. 26, 1980. In 1991, he began his ministry with Royal Rangers, bringing his horseback expertise with him. In 1992, became a part of Rodeo Bible Camps and has ministered at 8 to 10 camps each summer since. His military background then open the door for ministry at the US cavalry association as their chaplain. In 2011, he became Chaplain for the Haven Behavioral Center for wounded military veterans in Pueblo, Colo. He began his Doctorate of Ministry in 2016. Throughout his Chaplaincy, he touched many lives and was a devoted husband and father. Paul went to be with his Savior on June 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Linda Brinkman Scholtz; son and his wife, PR and Emily Scholtz; brother and his wife, Mark and Marlene Scholtz; sisters, Kristine Kilgore and Gretchen Scholtz; grandchildren, Lillian Scholtz and Owen Scholtz; along with nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Margaret Scholtz and brother, Kurt Scholtz. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to A/G Chaplaincy Ministries, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. Please make certain all contributions indicate they are for the Paul Scholtz Memorial Scholarship Fund designed for unique ministries such as his own. Viewing, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at Praise Assembly of God, 2000 Troy Ave. Interment, 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, at Fort Lyon National Cemetery, 15700 County Road HH, Las Animas, CO. Online condolences,

Memories Timeline


  1. Linda and PR-

    My deepest condolences to you, your family, and friends on the passing of Paul. Jeremy and I wanted to be there, and we apologize from the bottom of our hearts for not being able to come. But please know y’all were, and still are, in our hearts and prayers. All our love,
    Jeremy and Katie Hawkins

  2. PR, Linda, my heart is saddened that he is. No longer with us all in his earthly body. He is no longer confined to a wheelchair and battling pain in his physical body. Maybe God is letting him ride the white horse that is described in the Bible. Linda we have known each other forever and my hopes and prayers are that you will continue his work that he ordained you to do. My wife Marcia Paul Wilson and I are lifting you up in prayer and hope to see you soon, call when you are back in Crestview

  3. Linda – we are saddened at your loss but rejoicing for Paul. If you get back to Florida, let us know as we live in Lake Wales. Perhaps we could meet for coffee and some Jesus time.

    You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers through the years, remembering our travels as Heart Searchers and all the laughs. Love you, sister.

  4. Linda my heart goes out to you with the passing of Paul I will miss him he taught me so much it was a privilege to know him and have him as part my life he always supported me and gave me advice and you and Paul love me and my family

  5. Dear Linda, Paul Robert, and family, My condolences to all of you. Thank you Linda and P.R. for the good friendship you had with us and our family. Thank you for allowing our son Jeremy to be a part of your travels of ministry during those summer months many years ago when Paul Robert and Jeremy were younger boys. He enjoyed traveling with you, he had so many stories when he returned home, always came home looking like a real cowboy! Paul was a wonderful inspiration to our lives in so many ways. We will miss him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  6. I am proud that you touched mine and some of my familied lives. Your a one in a million type of man and your help for so many has enriched lives in ways that will never be equalled. You will be missed by many. Prayers of peace and comfort for your family for their loss of such a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. Heaven gained a wonderful blessing with your homecoming. God bless you Sir.

  7. Linda, if you need anything, you know to just call. We love you, we loved Paul, we are praying for peace for you!

  8. Dearest Linda and family, my condolences on the passing of Paul on June 21st. He will be missed but his return home to his Heaveny Father is such a great blessing. He was a wonderful Stewart of the Lord through his love of God the Father and shared his gift of sharing this with others who he had came into contact with. His bubbling laughter making others laugh and I remember him at Shilo RBC on day where he had found a box of Scooby Do Crackers/biscuits and had a couple, then realized the were actually do treats. His love of family and friends will always be remembered.

  9. Linda, Jeff and I are sad to hear of Paul’s passing, but happy that he is with his Savior. You and PR are in our prayers. We sadly cannot attend any of the services. We loved Paul and his and your unique ministry. He was such an inspiration through all his hip and health challenges. We treasure his memory.
    Love to you, so sorry for your loss,
    Lauren and Jeff Marmaro

  10. What a great guy. Had a lot of dealings with him and always pleasant to be around and work with. So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. Hank & Jane Gallegos

  11. Linda, Joan and I are praying. Only God knew what God had in store for you and Paul. Thank God that you rode new pathways blazing the trail for many to follow! We love and appreciate you and Paul so much. May God bless you richly.

  12. Paul was a true cowboy and A DEVOTED Man of God. He touched the lives of many through his years, of ALL AGES! Great will be his reward and he will be missed by many who had the honor and privilege of having him in their life!
    May the Lord’s love, peace and encouragement be with the family in a special way. MAY HE REST IN PEACE IN THE LOVING ARMS OF HIS LORD WHOM HE SERVED SO FAITHFULLY.

  13. I knew Paul from our days at Central Bible College (Class of 73). He was always bigger than life! I never saw him be sad or negative in any way nor heard him say a bad word about anyone. He had the biggest, kindest heart! I remember him fixing my car once.

    Reading the comments of others, I am not surprised by any of it! His reward will be exceeded only by his joy at seeing the Lord!

  14. I write this with great sadness today. It is a bitter-sweet sadness. It brings joy in knowing that Preacher Paul is no longer suffering and is in the arms of his loving savior. However it also brings sadness in that he will be greatly missed by the many, many lives that he has touched. We met him and Linda a few years ago at the cavalry competition at Ft. Reno. Our son, who was stationed at Ft. Carson, knew them. They have had a very big impact on his life. They even housed in for a while during his transition out of the military. I would like to thank you for taking care of my son. It was so good to see Paul last September and visit with him. Seeing him and how and young men and women conversed with him would warm my heart. He had a gift with the youth. I know my son thought so much of him. John has called and kept me posted on Paul through his illness. When he called the other day I could hear the heartache in his voice. Paul will be greatly missed. Linda we send our condolences and many hugs your way.

  15. The National Cavalry Competition won’t be the same without Paul. His unique style of narrating the events added color and excitement. His handling of the annual auction was always hilarious and could inspire even the cheapest Arizona horse soldier to open his wallet once in a while. Most of all, he inspired me to keep riding whenever I thought I was too beat up and tired to do it. I’d just think of Paul sitting proudly on his horse waiting to enter the arena and I knew I had no excuses. I will miss him greatly.

  16. I look forward to the day we ride together again, I will miss your wisdom and guidance and pearls of wisdom. I sit here in Montana looking at the beautiful sunset as I write this and cherish our time together. I will meet you at Toddler’s Green and we can fill our canteens together over and over until Christ saddled that white horse and leads the charge. Gerry Owen!!!!!

  17. I met Paul at my first National Cavalry Competition (NCC) at Ft. Riley, KS in 2007, and remember being impressed by him as a true military chaplain. A man who had been in the fight and seen it’s carnage, and the damage it can do to one’s soul. I approached him about baptizing me, and we finally made it happen in a horse trough at the NCC at Ft. Robinson, NE in 2009. He was rough, and tough, and loud. He was a straight shooter…and the kind of man you could rely on in any situation. He was, and Linda is, good people. I hope to see him again.

  18. Can’t imagine the US Cavalry Association annual Memorial Service without Paul – he made sure everyone there heard the Gospel. Helping him put it on was a task I shall always remember with great fondness and affection.
    Paul was a true man of God, he will be greatly missed.

  19. Paul was one of a kind, he and I drove the buses for North Side Assembly of God in Springfield Mo in the 70’s. I am surprised I can’t hear him shouting from heaven. I He is in with his savior.

  20. I really don’t know what to say. Paul was a great man of God and I was lucky to have known him. I know he is missed but he has run his race and good one it was.

  21. “Paul was loved by all of us at CBC. His warmth, friendship, and constant smile will be something I’ll always remember. He was so full of joy.”

  22. I remember Paul when he attended my father’s church, First AG in Lawton, OK, when he was stationed at Ft. Sill.

    What a wonderful life Paul led working for his Lord and the countless lives he witnessed too. He left a great legacy.

    Prayers for peace and comfort for his family.

  23. I am so sorry to hear about Paul, Linda my condolences go out to you PR and the family. Paul was a good man and a man of God, may he rest without no more suffering. You are all in prayer. God Bless.

  24. What an incredible man of God! He lived every second of his life in a manner that pointed people toward Jesus. Though our paths were quite different, Paul has always been an inspiration to me. I’m glad we have the rest of eternity to hear the rest of his story. Linda, may you and the entire family be comforted with God’s peace.

  25. “OUTSTANDING” – I can still hear that booming voice in my mind, and when I think of his life, his ministry, and his testimony, that is what comes to mind still – “OUTSTANDING!” Thank you Linda for the work that you and Paul have done for the Lord with many a young cowboy, cowgirl, and cavalry men and women. Thanks especially for your influence on my son and grandchildren.

  26. I’m glad our trails crossed. Paul was an honorable man that I wished I could have spent more time with. He blazed the ministry trail I followed. Proud to call him, brother. His confidence and bulldog attitude served him well as a pioneer in our ministry. God’s peace for y’all.

  27. How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel. He was a beautiful human being. He cam out as being kind of crusty on the outside but inside he was tender. He loved young people and I know he’ll see many of them in heaven one day.
    God bless you, Linda. Our prayers are with you and your family. We love you.

  28. Linda & family,
    Was so very sorry to see that Paul, has passed.
    But anyone that knew him, knows he’s in heaven.
    A kind and gentle man who has touched many, many lives.

  29. Linda, I am so sorry I can not be there for support. Reading your Paul’s obituary, He has left a long Legacy serving our Precious Lord. I know you can hold your head up and reflect on all of the memories you had to share together. You are a strong person and our God will see you through. Paul being at Peace is a huge reassurance for you. You are loved.

  30. My memories of Paul go back to my childhood when he and Linda would come to visit. Because he was childhood friends with my mom and her family, we always made it a priority to spend time with them when they were in town. One of the first horses I remember riding was Linda’s horse (I sure didn’t want to ride any of the horses Paul talked about riding!). What has been really enjoyable now as a parent is to see the excitement and inspiration on my own children’s faces when they would hear Paul talk about the rodeo ministry and the sharing of the good news of Jesus. Thanks, Paul, for your faithfulness in serving the Lord. Linda, we are praying for you and know that the God of all hope will comfort you as you continue to serve the Lord until the day we are all reunited and face to face with our Lord.

  31. Dear Linda and family,
    Paul has made such a great impact on so many lives ! He will be greatly missed! Our son, has Paul’s autographed picture hanging in his home, and my boys have many sweet memories of Royal Ranger camps and family camp with You and Paul. We are praying for your comfort, Peace and Strength and Rest during difficult this time! Such a comfort to know we have Heaven to look forward to! Hugs are sent your way!

  32. Dear Linda, PR and all the family, I am so sorry for your loss of such a good man. I had not heard that he was fighting cancer, and am so sorry for his trials. I hope that you will continue with the help of dear friends and family! I have always had a love for you Linda, you are so kind and such a sweet spirit! I am thinking about you and praying for you to be comforted.

  33. To the Paul Scholtz Family:

    I feel with you in the loss of my dear Brother Scholtz. For you and us I am sorry. But for him I am glad. His earthly battles have ended. That includes his long fight with cancer.

    I have wonderful memories going back to the days when I looked into his always most attentive face in my classes at CBC. He was far from being just another student on the class roll book. Then with the passing of the years I can still hear his most meaningful ministry in chapel. He became a true friend, a Brother in Christ, and a fellow minister. Thank God, the fruit of his years of successful work will continue on and on.

    In the days ahead the Lord will prove Himself more faithful to you than ever. I found it to be so through the loss of both my wife and son. He will make you more than conquerors in the adjustment battles that will come.

    How I wish I could communicate these words to you in person. But thanks to Jesus for the miracle of modern tech-knowledgy.

    Most sincerely,
    Dr. Charles Harris and his daughter Alice

  34. Love to all of you. Praise God for your wonderful faith . We know he is with his Savior and Lord riding the most absolute outstanding horse with Dad’s saddle. His persona will be with us forever.

  35. “Preacher Paul” had a huge impact on my life!
    Not immediately.. but it sunk in!
    In 1989, after I recommited my life!
    My wife and I traveled to the American Royal in KCMO.. Just to share the news! Paul challenged me to get involved in Cowboy Ministry!
    I am thankful that Paul, Linda and Paul Robert became a part of my life.. My walk with Christ was strengthened under their guidance.. and now I watch as two of my son’s involve themselves in other ministry pursuits! Paul.. You were dearly loved by our family. I expectantly await seeing you in The Throne Room of Grace.. Adorned in your many awards..
    ” Well done Thy Good and Faithful Servant”!

  36. Sorry to here about Paul. He and Linda came to the Rodeo Kids Org to give a seminar on trick riding to our four children. They were a great inspiration. Rodeo Kids was a performing group of children. They did trick riding, drills, American Royal Parade and performance, jumping thru a ring of fire and square dance on horseback,etc. The kids loved them. Paul and Linda served God faithfully. Paul will be missed. He touched a lot of lives before Jesus called him home.

  37. Paul left such a good impression on the kids and parents in “RODEO KIDS”
    He was always ready to help us with any problems we had with our horses, tack and there to teach, support and guide us with you at his side teaching and guiding us.We all had such respect for Paul. I know he will be greatly missed. May the lord watch over you, PR and family,

  38. Tom and I remember Paul well from our Central Bible College days. Paul was a godly role model to so many of the younger students especially. He was serious about the Lord but was also a fun and interesting person. What stands out in my mind about Paul is that he was always so respectful to women; a true gentleman. Tom and I knew that God had a special and unique plan for Paul. Paul was sure of his calling too. I can just imagine when Christ returns on the White Horse, Paul will be not far behind riding his stead.

  39. All of the cherished memories I have of him getting a good laugh out of kids at bible camps really stands out the most for me… And even getting them to dance and sing along too! I was a student myself for 3 years and then continued to help at the camp for several years after that until they quit having that camp (Howard, KS). He will forever be in my heart and I’m very sad I can’t attend the funeral. Many Prayers and hugs to all of the family! RIP Paul… ride’em cowboy!!

  40. Our family has been blessed by your Rodeo Bible Camps and church
    ministry Thank you to Linda and PJ for sharing and being a part of such a tough and excellent kind of ministry . Blessing,peace and wisdom for Linda and the rest of the family in the days ahead.

  41. The first time I met Paul was on the campus of CBC. The last time I saw Paul was at National Camporama where he was attending proudly with his grandson. John Wayne was probably thinking of someone like Paul when he said “a man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by.” Paul’s was to win souls at all costs. He will be missed.

  42. Paul and Linda – two awesome Christians and witnesses for Christ – whom I know through the U.S. Cavalry Association. Paul, I always enjoyed your chapel services and yours and Linda’s singing. I definitely know where your hearts are. I will miss your your auctioneer voice and just being around you.

    God willing, I will play Taps for you and the other departed USCA troopers at the Memorial Service in September.

    God bless your memory and comfort Linda and all your loved ones.

  43. Thank you Paul for for your wonderful example and your unwavering faith in our Father. You let your light shine and it touched the lives of all who have known you. You will truly be missed. Love and condolences to those left behind. Until we meet again………

    His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’

    Rest in peace….

  44. Thank you Preacher Paul for all you did for so many people. For the lives you touched For just being you. I will miss your laughter and smile. You always made our day when we saw you at church and out at your ranch.

  45. I will always love you Uncle Paul and will remember the times we got spend together .. I will never forget my visit to you and Aunt Linda I had an amazing time talking with you and getting to know you even more . I will always remember your laugh … you will never be forgotten love always Jessie !! ❤️

  46. We have Lost a great soldier for Christ here on earth. If anyone ever earned his reward it is Paul. Such a great guy and the Minot boys loved to see Paul when he made the journey. Praise the Lord he is no longer here but present with the father.

  47. We always loved the time we got to spend with his family…
    Thank you Paul for all you thought us and Showed us the Love we are to show others…

  48. RIP Cowboy your service on earth is done…a true friend and a character…You will be missed by everyone who ever met you Paul!

  49. When I heard Paul, before I saw him, at CBC, I said to myself, he’ll never be a Pastor! We were together n Praying 4 the Military on Fridays. I lost track of them after Bible College. Then I heard he was a Rodeo Chaplain! YES! It’s to type when you’re Crying! We’ve been honored to have them at Greeley, CO Glad Tidings Church over 20 times when they came to Rodeo Bible Camp! Honored to assist rebuilding Corral & taking a trip to Springfield, MO to get hayl & they patched n to speak to Linda! & spoke at a Christian School! On way home, a tire blew with fire, but didn’t catch hay on Fire! What a Awesome Man of God, Holiness, Holy Ghost Preacher of the Holy Bible, Honorable Army Purple Heart Military Soldier, & Dedicated, Committed Soldier of The Lord Jesus Christ! Shouting n Heaven Finally at HOME! He will be greatly missed! Can’t wait to join him! God bless & guide All of you to Heaven, but especially Linda & PR!

  50. So sorry to hear this. I know Paul is rejoicing and one day you will be back together singing and rejoicing again together. Ya’ll were such a blessing.

  51. Preacher Paul has been a part of my life for almost 40yrs! ! He and Linda have ministered in churches we have pastored, and are very dear friends! ! He was larger than life, had the greatest most recognizable laugh, and had a burning desire for people to find Christ! Love and prayers for Linda & PR,& family! !

  52. What a ministry! Blessed many people; led so many to Jesus!! I feel so honored to have gotten to be part of a small piece of it so many years ago. Huge celebration in heaven welcoming Paul home. My love and prayers are with you and your family Linda.

  53. Didn’t know you well, but respected your life and the way you administered to pople. Love and prayers to family and friends.

  54. We will miss you, Paul. You and Linda, have done a great
    job. There will many in Heaven because you followed the
    Lord. May He reward you greatly. Linda, trusting God to be
    your comfort. Phil and Cheryl Neely

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