Our Pastor

Rev. Jae Gottman

The United Church of Paducah welcomes Reverand Jae Gottman as the transitional minister for our church family.

Rev. Gottman was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri (Mark Twain’s boyhood home). He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After his undergraduate studies, he was accepted into the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he earned his Masters of Divinity degree in 1997.


After graduation he continued his learning as a resident chaplain at the Veteran’s Hospital in Nashville in the Clinical Pastoral Education program.   In 1998, he was called to Century Christian Church in Owensboro, KY, where he served for 6 years.   In February of 2005, First Christian Church of Paducah extended a call to him and he served there for the past 11 years.   Jae is married to Erin Gortman, a Nurse Practitioner.  They have two children – Bailey and Gage.

Rev. Gottman is currently the Interim Director of Development for the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt University and is an Adjunct Professor of Religion at West Kentucky Community and Technical College where he has taught World Religions and Introduction to Religious Studies for the past 11 years.

He is excited about partnering in ministry with United Church of Paducah and looks forward to where God is going to lead this congregation.


Rev. Gottman, as well as other leaders of our local faith community, have graciously helped provide pastoral leadership to the United Church of Paducah as it moves into a new direction.

We grateful acknowledge and honor the pastoral leadership of Pastor Ronald W. Ruggles for his service to the United Church of Paducah from 2010 through 2016.

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